Starting A Business In Eustis
PO Box 1210, Eustis, FL 32727-1210
Phone: 352-357-3434 Fax: 352-357-1392
All phone numbers in this brochure are area code 352 unless otherwise noted.
Starting A New Business In Florida
Enterprise Florida - www.eflorida.com
Orlando Office 407-316-4600
If you are considering locating or expanding a business in Florida, Enterprise Florida has an online Project Assistance Form at the website mentioned above.
ALL OTHER PHONE NUMBERS & WEBSITES ARE LISTED AT THE END OF THIS BROCHURE
If the economic feasibility of your business has not been assessed for this area, it is recom-mended this be done before registrations and licensing are completed. Whether your business requires legal assistance is one of the first determinations you must make. Most small businesses can be completely registered by the owner with the assistance of the respective agency.
Legal Requirements in Florida
If a business operates under a trade name, it must be filed at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts and you must publish the trade named business as a notice in a local newspaper once per week for four consecutive weeks. If a business is within the city limits, an owner must have occupational licenses from both City and County. If it is outside the city, the owner needs only a County license. You will also be required to have a Retail Stamp from the Department of Revenue and a tax ID number to be used in remitting Florida’s 7% sales tax to the State. All licenses expire September 30 of each year. In addition to licenses or permits, various boards and commissions may require licenses to practice a profession.
What you will need for an occupational license:
¨ Your Social Security Number
¨ Legal description of the property where the business will be located (a deed or tax bill for description)
¨ If the property is owned by someone else, bring legal description of the property and the owner
¨ If your business will deal with food, you will have to contact the Health Inspection Office before proceeding to license.
Registration of Fictitious Name
The name of your business is considered fictitious unless it contains only the surname of the owner or all the surnames of the partners. You must file the Application For Registration of Fictitious Name with the State of Florida. This can be done through the Records Dept. at the Lake County Tax Collector’s Office.
Sales Tax Registration
If your business sells personal, tangible property (merchandise), you must obtain a seller’s permit from the State Sales Tax Agency. The Application For Sales & Use Tax can be obtained at the Lake County Tax Collector’s Office.
Registering Business Legal Forms
The legal form of the business will determine the type of registration required at the State level. Sole Proprietorship & Simple Partnerships require only the Application for Fictitious Name Registration. In partnerships where one of the partners is a Corporation, the business does not need a special registration. However, it must file a Florida Information Return on or before the first day of the fifth month following the close of the taxable year. Limited Partnership Certificates must be filed with the Dept. of State. Businesses may become Florida Corporations by filing Articles of Incorporation with the Dept. of State.
Special Business Licensing
The type of business you plan to operate may involve some combination of bonding, education, experience, and passage of licensing examinations. If the nature of your business is in agriculture, consumer services, insurance, banking or finance, you may be subject to licensing programs of several state agencies.
Opening a Business in Eustis
¨ Obtain a Lake County occupational license
¨ Fill out the City of Eustis Occupational License application
¨ Submit any state certifications (i.e. Dept. of Health, Dept of Business & Professional Regulations, Dept. of Agriculture, etc.)
¨ Pay all appropriate fees
¨ Have the Zoning, Building, and Police Departments sign off on the occupational licensing application.
¨ Have the Fire Department inspect your business if the business is not a home occupation
Home occupations require a separate review process through Development Services.
Home occupations, including any profession, vocation, business, or trade may be conducted in a residential district provided that a city Occupational License is secured and that such home occupation is conducted in accordance with the following regulations:
¨ The home occupation shall be conducted within the principal building and only by persons residing in the home. No person shall be employed who is not a resident of the premises.
¨ Home occupations cannot offer products for sale from the premises.
¨ Does not generate traffic in excess of that customary at residences and where no commercial vehicles are. kept on the premises parked overnight unless otherwise permitted by these regulations.
¨ Not more than 25% of the total floor area of any dwelling unit may be devoted to such use.
¨ For the purpose of identification of such use, 1 sign, not over 1 square foot in area may be permitted. There shall be no neon, flashing, or blinking lights used for the illumination of identification signs.
¨ No motor power other than electrically operated motors shall be used in conjunction with such home occupation and the total of such permitted electric motors shall no exceed 3 HP, or more than 1 HP for any single motor.
¨ There shall be no alteration in the residential character of the premises in connection with such home occupation.
¨ No merchandise or articles for sale shall be displayed in a manner as to be visible from the exterior of the building and no sign or device relative to the sale of such merchandise shall be displayed on the premises.
¨ No articles or materials used in connection with such home occupation shall be stored on the premises other than in the principal building.
¨ There shall be no emissions of high or low frequency electromagnetic power, which would create disturbances or interference with any electronic communications system.
LAKE COUNTY IMPORTANT #’s
Property Appraiser 343-9748
Building Dept. 343-9653
Health Dept. 589-6424
Clerk Public Records Center 742-4100
Clerk of Circuit Court 742-4100
Dept. of Economic Development 429-4265
Demographics, business information
Tax Collector 343-9622
Occupational License & Fictitious Name applications available online
CITY OF EUSTIS IMPORTANT #’s
The City of Eustis 483-5430
Most applications, including Occupational license, can be downloaded from the website.
Development Services 483-5460
Building Dept. 483-5462
Fire Dept. 357-6585
Police Dept. 483-5400
Occupational Licenses 589-4160
STATE OF FLORIDA IMPORTANT #’s
Florida Dept. of Revenue 800-352-3671
Dept. of State, Div. of Corporations
file online! 800-755-5111
Business & Professional Regulations
Enterprise Florida 407-316-4600
Many forms and filings are available on these websites
The Business Assistance Center 365-3579
at Lake-Sumter Community College
Counselors to America’s Small Business
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
J.R. Buxman 408-6996
Commercial Realty 1465 Eustis Rd., Eustis
Crescent Moon Properties 383-1919
PO Box 31, Mt. Dora Roy Pink
Greenacre Properties 360-1001
32403 Countryside Blvd., Leesburg
DBR Investment Management (owns Eustis Village Shopping Plaza) 904-523-2070
Commerce Park Investments 735-2506