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The City of Key West permits only 25 mobile vendor licenses, for selling products and services from public roads. There are presently no licenses available. Anyone interested in obtaining a vending license should contact the licensing office at 305-809-3955 the first week of November (of any year). If a license is available, a registration period will be held the last two weeks of November, and the license will be awarded by random selection shortly thereafter. Licenses fees average $1,000 for mobile vending.
The City of Key West does not require licensing for sunset performers, however, a permit/permission is required by the Cultural Preservation Society (CPS). Please call 305-292-7700 for more information or visit the Sunset Celebration website.
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All requirements must be met, plus there must be handicapped-accessible commercial restrooms on the property. If retail goods are sold from the booth or cart, special permission must first be granted from the City Commission.
In all districts in the city where residential uses are permitted, a home business license is allowed, however, certain conditions must be met, including:
The City has many contractor classifications, and recognizes three levels of licensing: state certified licenses, state registered licenses, and specialty licenses. The state tests for certified licenses, and contractors licensed in this manner may work anywhere in the state.
Municipalities and counties hold testing for registered and specialty licenses. The City of Key West tests all contractors, and conduct the tests three times a year. After passing the required tests, contractors must apply for and receive a state registration and/or local competency card, obtain liability insurance and worker’s compensation coverage, and acquire a business location.
The City has very few zoning districts in the historic district which allow transient use, and the City has very strict off-street parking and density (units-per-acre) requirements. These restrictions coupled with a current cap on new transient licenses makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to convert a residential property to transient use.
Key West has several ordinances pertaining to transportation businesses. The Vehicle for Hire Ordinance regulates and caps taxi services. The Entertainment Ordinance caps pedicab and other "entertainment" type licenses. The Sightseeing Ordinances caps sightseeing vehicle businesses. Limousine licenses are available, but are very strictly defined and regulated.
Business taxes in the City of Key West range from $19.95 (rental unit) to $1,260 (utility company) per year, most averaging $100 to $300. Businesses operating in the City also need to obtain a Monroe County Business Tax Receipt (call 305-295-5000 for more information). Businesses using a fictitious name, need to register that name with the State of Florida, which costs $50.
City Hall is located at:1300 White StreetKey West, FL 33040Phone: 305-809-3955Fax: 305-809-3978
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