Building Your Pet Business: Navigating Registration and Licensing in Florida

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Congratulations on taking the exciting step of starting your own pet business or becoming more “legit” in the Sunshine State! Whether you’re opening a pet grooming salon, dog walking service, or pet supply store, embarking on this entrepreneurial journey is both rewarding and full of potential. 


I’ll guide you through the essential steps of registering your business and obtaining a business tax receipt, commonly known as a business license, in layman’s terms. We’ll also discuss how different professions may have varying regulations regarding business licenses and highlight the importance of understanding your assigned business code.

Registering Your Business

   – To operate legally in Florida, you’ll need to register your business with the appropriate authorities.

   – Start by choosing a business name and checking its availability through the Florida Division of Corporations website  also know as SunBiz.

   – Once you’ve selected a name, you’ll need to register your business entity, whether it’s a DBA, sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, or corporation, with the Division of Corporations.

   – This process involves filling out the necessary forms and paying the required fees, which vary depending on your business structure.

   – Registering your business ensures that you have a legal entity under which to conduct operations and protects your business name from being used by others in the state.

Obtaining a Business Tax Receipt ( aka a Business License)

   – In Florida, a business tax receipt, often referred to as a business license, is required for most businesses operating within a municipality or county. There are a few counties this is NOT required- like Marion County.

   – The process of obtaining a business tax receipt involves applying to your local government office, typically the county tax collector’s office or the city clerk’s office.

   – The requirements and fees for obtaining a business tax receipt vary depending on your location and the type of business you’re operating.

   – Once approved, your business tax receipt serves as proof that you’re authorized to conduct business in that specific jurisdiction.

Understanding Business Codes and Regulations

   – Different professions may have specific regulations regarding business licenses and registration.

   – For example, contractors and other regulated professions may be required to obtain additional licenses or certifications from state or local authorities by going through specific education requirements and tests.

   – Your business will be assigned a code based on its type and industry, which helps government agencies classify and regulate businesses more effectively.

   – It’s essential to understand the regulations and requirements specific to your industry to ensure compliance and avoid potential penalties or fines.


Registering your pet business and obtaining a business tax receipt are essential steps in establishing your presence and credibility in the Florida pet industry. By navigating these processes effectively and understanding your obligations regarding business codes and regulations, you can set yourself up for success and focus on providing excellent service to your furry clients and their owners. Remember to consult with legal and financial professionals if you have any questions or concerns along the way, and embrace the journey of building a thriving pet business in the Sunshine State!


Written By:

Amber Van Denzen is the Founder of Atta Boy! Animal Care, Atta Boy! Mobile Dog Gym, Pet Sitter CEO and is the current President of FPSA. She is a dually certified Professional Pet Sitter, FetchFind Certified, a retired Veterinary Nurse of 13 years, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences. She lives with her 2 dogs, 15 chickens, 3 fish aquariums, 2 geckos, 3 turtles and 2 hermit crabs with her human family in Lakeland, Florida.

Amber Van Denzen, CPPS


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