To open a business, applicants must apply for and receive:
CERTIFICATE OF USE [Application] [Flow Chart]
Before signing a lease or purchasing property in the City of Coral Gables, prospective business owners should first apply for a Certificate of Use. This will ensure that the proposed use at a specific location complies with the City's zoning, parking and concurrency requirements. Certificates of Use must be renewed annually via web by clicking this link or visiting the office below.
Where to Apply or Renew:
Concurrency Administrator, Planning and Zoning Division, Second Floor of 427 Biltmore Way.
7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Monday - Friday, excluding holidays.
Certificate of Use Fees:
$114.19, checks made payable to “City of Coral Gables”
What You Will Need to Provide on the Certificate of Use Application:
- Name of your business
- Brief description of the proposed business
- Address of the property
- Square footage of the space you will be occupying
- Name of the prior tenant of the space
- Contact person and phone number
For More Information:
For questions regarding Certificate of Use contact the Concurrency Administrator at 305-460-5236.
If the application does not involve a change of use or occupancy, it will be reviewed by the Concurrency Administrator. Once approved, the Development Services Department and the Fire Department will conduct fire, mechanical, electrical and plumbing inspections to check for compliance with the Florida Building Code. The application needs to pass all final inspections and requires final approval by the Building Official. The process takes an average of seven to ten working days.
If the application involves a change of use or occupancy (from a retail to restaurant use, for example), it will be reviewed by the Development Review Committee. Composed of staff members, the Committee meets monthly to review plans for technical sufficiency and will advise you whether other city boards will be involved such as the Board of Architects (for proposed signage and exterior building change), the Planning and Zoning Board and City Commission (for a conditional use), or Board of Adjustment (for a variance). For more information about applying for review by the advisory boards, contact the City Planner at 305-460-5214.
Local Business Tax and Building Permits will not be issued before the applicant has been issued a Certificate of Use.
LOCAL BUSINESS TAX [Application] [Renewal]
Anyone starting a new business must pay an annual local business tax from both the City and Miami-Dade County.
Where to Apply for a City Local Business Tax:
The Finance Department, Local Business Tax Division, First Floor of City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday - Friday, excluding holidays.
The fee varies by classification. Click here [Fee Schedule Ord. No. 2015-17] for a list of all Local Business Tax fees.
What You Will Need to Provide on Local Business Tax Applications:
- Social Security Number
- Federal employer I.D. number
- State License/Bar number
- Owner/Corporation Name
- Trade Name/Doing Business As (DBA)
- Name of corporate officers
- Cost value of stock carried
- Number of chairs/seats (for restaurants and movie theaters)
- Number of employees
For More Information:
For questions regarding local business taxes contact the Local Business Tax Clerk at 305-460-5296.
Where to Apply for a County Local Business Tax:
Applications for Miami-Dade County Local Business Taxes are made through the Miami-Dade County Tax Collector's Office, Local Business Tax Division, 200 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. For more information call 305-270- 4949 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.