Local Business Tax
Business Tax Receipt
Chapter 26 of the Mount Dora Code of Ordinances
Anyone engaged in any business, profession, occupation, trade, amusement, or industry within the city limits of the City of Mount Dora is required to have a Business Tax Receipt, prior to opening a business. All original licenses issued after April 1 and before August 1 will be issued at half the original fee. The Customer Service Department is responsible for issuing and renewing licenses. For more details, please contact them at (352) 735-7105.
To apply for a receipt, you must first have a County Business Tax Receipt. For more information on requirements for a county receipt, please contact the Lake County Tax Collector at (352) 343-9622. After obtaining your county receipt, an application for the city receipt (available at City Hall) should be completed and all fees paid.
Fees are $30 per year plus a minimum of $30 for the fire inspection. There is an additional fire inspection fee of $3 per 1,000 square feet for businesses more than 4,000 square feet in size.
The completed application is then forwarded to the zoning official for approval (as to proper zoning requirements) and to the fire inspector who will perform a physical inspection to ensure fire code compliance. After approvals, the receipt will be issued. The City's Fire Department will schedule the inspection based upon the contact information provided on the application. Any re-inspection fees must also be paid prior to the issuance of the Business Tax Receipt license. -See section 50.230 of the Mount Dora Code of Ordinance
Home-based businesses are welcomed in the City of Mount Dora, but with some restrictions. An additional application is required, including a completed Landlord-Tenant Agreement. In addition to the $30 per-year fee, there is a one-time $25 zoning review fee required when the application is submitted. There is no fire inspection fee for home-based businesses.
The license year ends on September 30 of each year. The City sends renewal notices beginning August 1 for the upcoming year. The fee is due and payable on or before September 30.
For additional information, please contact one of our customer service representatives at (352) 735-7105, or visit the department.
City Hall (1st Floor)
510 N. Baker Street
Mount Dora, FL 32757