Business Tax

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The Business Tax is levied on all businesses located in the City of Hialeah. Business operations within the City of Hialeah are regulated under Chapter 18 and Chapter 86 of the Code of Ordinance.

All Businesses operating within the City of Hialeah are required to complete a Business Tax Application. An element of the Business Tax Application process requires commercial business owners to also have a Zoning and Building Review. It is the responsibility of the business owner to check whether the business’s intended use is permitted in that particular zoning district prior to signing a lease by submitting a Pre-Application with our department. This will allow the business owner to determine whether or not a change of use will be required. Most repairs and renovations on buildings in the city require a permit. If you plan to enlarge, alter, repair, demolish or change a building contact the Building Department before you start the job. They can tell you before hand if you need a permit for the project you are planning to implement.

All business tax receipts expire September 30 and can be renewed on or after July 1. If you receive a renewal notice and are no longer in business or your business is no longer located in the city limits, please indicate that information on the renewal notice, then sign and return the renewal notice for processing.

Changes made to a business tax receipt status, such as an address, ownership, or name change must be reported to the Business Tax Division.


The cost for a Local Business Tax Receipt varies according to the type of business.

Important Note

On January 1, 2007, the legislature passed House Bill 1269. The name of the Act will be changed from the "Local Occupational License Tax Act" to the "Local Business Tax Act."The definition of "receipt" as it relates to the bill will be defined as the document that is issued by the local governing authority, which bears the words "Local Business Tax Receipt" and evidenced that the person in whose name the document is issued has complied with the provisions of the Local Business Tax Act. Persons who pay occupational business taxes will receive a receipt for payment rather than a "certificate."

For more information, please contact the Business Tax Division at 305-883-5890.