Congratulations on thinking about starting a business or planning your first steps. You will find the EGAD merchants to be very open to talking with you about their experiences and advice. Below is a resource list of what to do first, where to go, maybe who to see, and links to everything.
Business Tax Receipt -- all new businesses in the city of Melbourne must have a BTR and keep it renewed annually. This is your #1 place to start. The link is to Melbourne's city government website about the rules and application process. Business tax receipts are usually issued in one day, but there could be reasons it might take longer.
Hotel or Restaurant? -- Any new restaurant or public lodging facility starting or changing ownership of a business is required to provide a temporary "receipt for license" from the State of Florida Division of Hotels & Restaurants prior to obtaining an Business Tax Receipt.
EGAD is Special -- Because we're in a Community Redevelopment Area, we have perks and restrictions about signage, sandwich signs, and more.
Want to hang a sign out front? -- This is the step most people miss. If you have purchased a sign without going thru the approval process, you may well have to throw it out and start over so be sure to go thru the application and review process first! See the GUIDELINES here. Here's the APPLICATION.
Permitting -- Sorry, but everything has rules for the protection of the greater good. If you're making any changes or under construction whatsoever, you will want to start by talking to a planner. It's free and it's smart.
Want to host a special event? -- You must complete a "special activity permit" and pay the fee. Whether it's a big event where you close a street or just want to place a food truck on private property for your store's special event, a permit is still required. Of course, there are PROCEDURES.
Zoning -- Zoning provides the regulations that apply to land and structures in the City of Melbourne. The City of Melbourne has numerous zoning districts and each one has a list of permitted uses for building setbacks, densities, and heights. You will want Zoning assistance if you want to learn about the zoning of your property, how to change it, what’s allowed within your zoning district, information on setbacks and more exciting late-night reading. The most direct way to find information on a particular property is to search by the address of the property or by the seven-digit tax account number (TA #).
FAQs -- Not sure what's required? Check this out.
CITY OF MELBOURNE PHONE NUMBERS
Planner of the Day (321) 608-7500
Code Enforcement (321) 608-7905
Police Non-Emergency (321) 608-6731
Utility Billing (321) 608-7100
City Hall (321) 608-7000
Visit the Planning Office at City Hall at
900 E. Strawbridge Ave, Third Floor
Melbourne FL 32901
Hours: Weekdays 8:30am-5pm