Local Business Tax
BUSINESS TAX RECEIPTS
Anyone engaged in any business, profession, occupation, trade, amusement, or industry (Per section 26.140 of the City of Mount Dora Code of Ordinances) within the designated boundaries of the City of Mount Dora is required to obtain a Business Tax Receipt prior to opening or conducting business. Business Tax Receipts are applied for with the Planning & Development Office located at 510 N. Baker Street, Mount Dora. The license year ends on September 30th of each year, and the City sends renewal notices beginning August 1 for the upcoming year.
APPLYING FOR A BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT
The following items are required when applying for a Business Tax Receipt:
Copy of County Business Tax Receipt. (For more information on requirements for a county receipt, please contact the Lake County Tax Collector at (352) 343-9622
Copy of a Valid Drivers License
Once the completed application is received by the City, it is then forwarded to the Zoning Staff for approval. The business being conducted must meet the zoning requirements outlined in the City's Land Development Code based on the zoning district. The application and inspection fees must be paid for at time of application. After zoning and fire inspections (commercial applications only) are completed and approvals are made, the applicant will be mailed (or can be picked up) the business license. Additionally, any re-inspection fees must also be paid prior to the issuance of the Business Tax Receipt.
Please click on the link below to see all applicable fees related to Business Tax Receipts. Please note that licenses issued after April 1st and before August 1st will be billed at half the original fee. Business Tax Receipts are good for one year, and can be renewed on an annual basis in September of each year. Any business that operates without a current and valid Business Tax Receipt will be in violation of Section 26.140 of the City of Mount Dora Code of Ordinance.
Home-based businesses are welcome in the City of Mount Dora, but with some restrictions. If leasing, a completed Landlord-Tenant Agreement is required giving permission to the applicant to conduct business out of the residence. Please refer to the fee schedule for all appIicable fees. There is no fire inspection fee for home-based businesses.
PLEASE NOTE: Payment not received after 150 days from the date of the initial notice of tax due and who does not obtain the required Business Tax Receipt is subject to civil actions and penalties, including court costs, reasonable attorney’s fees, additional administrative costs incurred as a result of collection efforts, and a penalty of up to $250.00.
For additional information, please contact the Planning & Development Office at:
City Hall (1st Floor)
510 N. Baker Street
Mount Dora, FL 32757