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What's required to open a business and operate a business in Collier County?

Depending upon your specific business, the following steps are required — although there may be more requirements prescribed by various county divisions involved in your process.

  • For general questions, contact the Collier County Zoning Division (239) 252-5603 or email GMD.ZoningFrontDesk@colliercountyfl.gov.
  • For every commercial business operating in the county, you should file a Zoning Certificate application, which will provide outright zoning approval at a location for a particular use.
  • Home based businesses require only proof of residence within Collier County (a valid Florida Driver’s License or a copy of a lease agreement) and acceptance of the LDC 5.02.03 regulations.
  • If purchase or lease of a property is contingent upon some type of zoning approval or you are in a due-diligence phase of a contract, a zoning verification letter can be submitted for review and response. A zoning verification letter is best for properties with unique situations, new or creative business models, or that may be seeking redevelopment or rezoning.

To incorporate or set up an LLC or fictional business name (DBA/Doing Business As) in Florida, go to this Florida Department of State general information and available resources page, call (850)245-6000, or email corphelp@dos.myflorida.com.

 

Contact the relevant fire district to request a fire inspection. See what district you're located in on this Fire District Map.

North Collier Fire Control & Rescue District (includes North Naples and Big Corkscrew): 6495 Taylor Rd., Naples, FL 34110. (239) 597-9227, Fax # (239) 597-3522 https://www.northcollierfire.com/

For inspection payments in the North Collier Fire District, go here

 

Greater Naples Fire Rescue District's Fire & Life Safety Division (includes East Naples, Golden Gate, Isles of Capri and Ochopee):  2700 N. Horseshoe Drive, Naples, FL  34104. (239)774-2800, Fax # (239) 774-3116.

To schedule an appointment, fill out this form.           

 

MOST IMPORTANTLY

All businesses in Collier County must have a business tax license.

To find out more about that, www.colliertax.com has an informative  “Business Tax Receipts”  tab on its pages, or read and print this:  “How do I apply for a Business Tax Receipt?"

To contact the Collier County Business Tax Receipt Division,  email:  btr@colliertax.com or call 239-252-2477.

 
  • Zoning, Planning, Permitting and regulatory information about building in Collier County:
    Growth Management Department
    2800 N. Horseshoe Drive
    Naples, FL  34104
    Phone: (239) 252-2400

Building plan reviews and inspections

Development reviews

Engineering reviews

 
  •  Why relocate or expand your business in Collier County?

See why here (a picture's worth a thousand words!) and here. See the businesses that have headquarters in Naples, Collier County, here.

 

     

  • Looking for land to build? 

Check our economic development partner, SWFLEDA's, Automated search for buildings and sites or Zoom Prospector's Automated search for buildings and sites

 
  •  Economic Development Incentives:

Here's our printable Incentives overview brochure, or visit our incentives page.

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Jace Kentner, Director
Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development
2660 N. Horseshoe Drive, Ste. 105
Naples, FL 34104
(239) 252-8990

Jace.Kentner@colliercountyFL.gov

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