The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


Licensing Division

The Licensing Division is located in the Building Department. The Licensing Division issues both business (tax) licenses and regulatory licenses and permits. Business licenses are required by anyone engaging in a business, profession, or occupation within the City of Key West. Fees vary from $6.00 per year (coin-operated machine) to $1,150.00 per year. Most fees, however, are in the $100.00 to $300.00 range for service and retail businesses. 
License applications require basic information about the location and type of business. Supporting documents may include copy of lease, proof of sales tax registration, corporate or fictitious name registration, state license, and insurance. Most licenses are issued within 24 hours of complete application, and are renewed annually.
The Licensing Division also issues regulatory licenses and permits. These licenses and permits are based on regulatory ordinances passed by the City Commission. Types of these licenses and permits include vehicle for hire (taxi) permits, Off-premise canvassing (OPC) permits, palm frond weaving permits, mobile vendor permits, adult licenses, street artist and performer permits and transient dwelling licenses. All these types of licenses and permits have specific rules and regulations that must be followed during the application process and during the conduct of the particular activity.
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Jeffrey Burgess,
Licensing Administrator
1300 White St
Key West, FL 33040
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  • Phone: (305) 809-3955
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  • 8:00AM-5:00PM (Mon-Fri)

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