Opening a New Businesses

The City of Hollywood is a dynamic business hub with an ideal location to open a new business or relocate your existing one. take a look at the following information to view new businesses that have chosen to open in the City of Hollywood:

Most Recent New and Transferred Business Report (PDF) l All New and Transferred Business Reports

Apply For A Local Business Tax Receipt


If you are opening a new business or you have recently moved your business to Hollywood, remember to apply in person for the required local business tax receipt. Customer Service is located at: 

Hollywood City Hall
Room 103 - 1st Floor
2600 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, FL 33020-4807
Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Fridays

Representatives may also assist with questions regarding business classification, estimated local business tax fees, state and county licensing and certification requirements. Please call 954-921-3225. 


Steps to Opening a New Business

Steps to Opening a New Business
 

Step 1: Zoning

The first step to starting a new business is a visit to the Zoning Division. It is important to make sure the business you will open is a permitted use within the zoning code of the City. Zoning staff are committed to ensuring all new businesses opening or being constructed within Hollywood are compatible with the surrounding area. This is done through the division’s primary responsibility of administering the city’s Zoning and Land Development Code. The code outlines specific requirements for permitted uses of a specific parcel, building setbacks, density, building height, as well as parking, landscaping, signage and more.
  • Services provided by the Zoning Division include:
  • Zoning letters verifying permitted uses and zoning information for properties within the city.
  • Issuance of Certificates of Use for new businesses or existing businesses relocating within the City of Hollywood.
  • Use determinations for a particular property.
  • Review of building permits for compliance with the Zoning Code.
  • Administering and maintaining the Zoning Code.

Step 2: Certificate of Use

Prior to signing a lease and moving your business to a new location you should first obtain a Certificate of Use. A Certificate of Use verifies the described use is permitted at the identified property. The verification is based on the permitted uses listed for the property in the City’s Zoning and Land Development Regulations and the uses allowed in the Land Use Element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The application for a Certificate of Use can be found online at www.hollywoodfl.org or by visiting the Department of Planning at City Hall, 2600, Hollywood Boulevard, 3rd Floor.

Step 3: Construction Permits


Are you proposing to improve the building or space you are moving into in any way? Adding exterior signage, putting in partition walls, installing counters and moving electrical outlets are examples of improvements that require permits under the Florida Building Code. Although requirements vary based on the nature and scope of work, below are some basic items you will likely need when applying for a building permit: 

  • A completed permit and sub-permit application
  • Plot plan or survey
  • Two sets of plans drawn to scale
  • Proof of Environmental Review by Broward County Planning & Redevelopment Division for additions to nonresidential buildings, interior commercial alterations, demolitions and commercial re-roofs
  • Proof of approval by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for restaurants
  • Proof of approval by the Florida Department of Health and Broward Public Health Unit for units on septic tanks; adult congregate living facilities (17 or more residents); bars/lounges with a liquor license; child care centers; detention facilities; fraternal and civic associations; hospitals; movie theaters; nursing homes; schools and other institutional-type settings.
  • Proof of approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers & Broward County Planning and Redevelopment Division for construction within waterways
  • City of Hollywood Environmental Services Commitment Form
  • Energy calculations form and heating/cooling load calculations
  • Product approvals for roofs, utility sheds, windows, exterior doors, awnings, shutters, skylights, etc.
  • Fire plan review

The City of Hollywood permitting staff, plan reviewers and inspectors are always available to help you determine how the permitting process applies to you and the unique needs of your business. For additional information please call the Building Department at 954.921.3335, the Planning Department 954.921.3471, visit our website www.hollywoodfl.org, or stop by 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, 3rd Floor.

Step 4: Impact Fees


The City of Hollywood collects sewer impact fees for commercial development. When a building or tenant space changes use and/or occupancy, additional road/transportation impact fees may be due to Broward County prior to the approval of construction plans by the Broward County Planning and Redevelopment Division. Contact one of the planners with Development Management at 954.357.6666 to request an impact/concurrency fee estimate.

Step 5: Business Tax Receipts

To operate your business in the City of Hollywood, you are required to obtain a local business tax receipt. Whether your business operates from a commercial location or is home-based, a local business tax receipt is required by both state and local laws. If you are opening a new business in the City of Hollywood, a representative from your business will need to apply, in person, for a local Business Tax Receipt. If you apply for a local Business Tax Receipt on or after April 1 of the business tax year, you’ll pay only 50% of the annual amount that would normally be due. The business tax year is the same as the city’s fiscal year, which starts on October 1 and ends on September 30 of the following year. For more information, please contact the Local Business Tax Receipts Office, City Hall (1st Floor), Room 103, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, 954.921.3225.

Once you’ve received your initial business tax receipt, you can renew it online each year at www.hollywoodfl.org/renewalform.

For home-based businesses, you’ll need:

  • A completed home-based application. Payment of $25 non-refundable application processing fee, in addition to the local business tax receipt fee. The business tax fee will be determined when the application is submitted and reviewed.
  • If you are the owner of the residence from which the business will be operated, proof of ownership is required.
  • A copy of the warranty deed
  • Closing statement
  • Broward County Property Tax Record

If renting the residence, a letter from the landlord giving you permission to operate the business from the home is required.

 
  • You may be required to provide a copy of your professional, County, State or Federal License for the city’s files.
  • Copy of fictitious name or corporation registration, issued by the Secretary of State, Division of Corporation, if using a business name. (The website for filing online is www.sunbiz.org).

For commercial locations, you’ll need:

  • Certificate of Use.
  • A copy of your lease or proof of ownership (property tax records, warranty deed, etc.)
  • A copy of County, State or Federal License.
  • A copy of articles of incorporation or fictitious name registration. File online by going to www.sunbiz.org.
  • Payment of $25 non-refundable application processing fee in addition to your business tax.
  • Based upon the classification of a business, additional information may be required to process an application.

Broward County Requirements

In addition to obtaining a Local Business Tax Receipt from the City of Hollywood, a Business Tax Receipt is also required from Broward County. Applications for the Broward County Local Business Tax Receipt may be obtained at Broward County Government Center, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Room A-100, Fort Lauderdale or the South Regional Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Boulevard. You can download the application and fictitious name disclaimer from the county website, www.broward.org.