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Certificate of Use and Home Occupation


Planning to open a new business in the Town of Fort Myers Beach? Congratulations and Welcome!  PLEASE read the following, as the information below will help to direct you to the proper permit procedure and provides important information for completing a USE Permit application necessary to get your business up and running. If you have any questions, please contact the Zoning Department at (239) 765-0202  or email .

Do you plan to operate your new business from your residence or from a commercial location? If you plan to operate a business from your home follow the Home Occupation procedure. If you plan to operate a business at a commercial location please follow the Commercial Location procedure.

If your business will be operated from your home you will need a simple zoning approval from the Town before submitting your documentation to Lee County. Please be advised, however, that only certain types of businesses qualify to be operated as a home occupation.  To qualify, the business use must be incidental and subordinate to the use of the structure as a residence and there must be no exterior indication that the swelling is being used for any purpose other than a residence.

To apply for a home occupation approval, please follow the steps below:
1.       Download the Home Occupation packet here and the Lee County Local Business Tax Receipt application here.
2.       Read, review, sign and notarize the Home Occupation Affidavit
3.       Fill out the Lee County Business Tax Receipt Application
4.       Bring both documents and the fee of $25 to Town Hall – 2525 Estero Boulevard Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 - for processing
5.       Zoning Department will review the application, process the fee and sign off on the Lee County Business Tax Receipt Application
6.       Take the signed Business Tax Receipt Application to any Lee County Tax Collector office to obtain final approval.

Contact the Lee County Tax Collector at (239) 533-6000 or online at  with any Local Business Tax Receipt questions.

If your business will be operated from a commercial (store front) location, please read the following information. If you have any questions concerning the zoning for a specific piece of property or if your business is allowed at the proposed location, contact the Zoning Department at (239) 765-0202 or email: . Please be advised that the Town’s jurisdiction is Estero Island only.  Some locations may have a Fort Myers Beach postal address, but if the location is not on Estero Island, it is under the jurisdiction of Lee County.  Download the Certificate of Use application here.

*** Please be advised, the Town of Fort Myers Beach does not allow mobile vending. All commercial businesses must be conducted from a commercially-zoned store front/building location ***

Submittal Requirements:
1.       A floor plan showing the existing layout of your space. Indicate the size of the space, including existing walls, partitions, counters, electrical layout, plumbing fixtures, doorways, restrooms, etc. Also indicate the "Use" or "Name of the business on either side of the subject space." This is to enable the inspectors to quickly locate your space.
2.       A parking diagram indicating the location of all parking spaces on the property. If your location is in a multiple occupancy complex, please indicate on the parking diagram which spaces are allocated to your unit.
3.       Garbage collection verification. You are required by Lee County Ordinance #95-19 to make provisions for garbage collection for your business. Please provide proof of garbage collection service and submit with your Certificate of Use application. This could be a copy of your garbage bill, copy of your lease which states landlord will provide garbage collection services, etc.  Advanced Disposal provides garbage collection and recycling services for all areas of the Town of Fort Myers Beach. Contact Advanced Disposal at: (239) 334-1224 or fax at (239) 433-2550
4.       A completed Lee County Business Tax Account Application. Download the application here.
5.       Fee. The Town of Fort Myers Beach charges a fee of $100 for a Certificate of Use permit.
6.     If there is a “change of use” at the proposed location, you may be subject to the payment of impact fees.
7.      Food Handling: If your business involves any handling of food, contact the Division of Hotels and Restaurants at (850) 487-1395.
8.      Buying an Existing Business and/or Changing Name: A Certificate of Use is required even if you are only changing the name of the business. Certificate of Use permits will be issued in your name and still require inspections. 

To Apply
To apply for a Certificate of Use for a business at a Commercial Location please submit the Certificate of Use application including the following required documents:

  •           Floor Plan
  •           Parking Diagram
  •           Garbage Collection Verification
  •           $100 Fee
  •           Completed Lee County Business Tax Account Application

    Once the USE permit application is submitted and payment/required documents are received, inspections will be required prior to approval and issuance of the Certificate of Use.


***Please be advised, you are required to call and schedule these required inspections***

  • Code Enforcement – call the Town of Fort Myers Beach Inspection line at (239) 765-0202 ext 1350 and reference the permit number (received when you apply) and the inspection type
  •  Building Inspection - call the Town of Fort Myers Beach Inspection line at (239) 765-0202 ext 1350 and reference the permit number (received when you apply) and the inspection type


Completing the Process
After all inspection approvals are received by our office, your Certificate of Use will be issued, allowing you to occupy the location and obtain your Local Business Tax Receipt from the Lee County Tax Collector. Take the Certificate of Use to the nearest Lee County Tax Collector office (for locations visit: or call: (239) 533-6000). You MUST have both a Certificate of Use and a Local Business Tax Receipt in order to open your business.


Additional permits are required for any new signs to be erected or for any modification of an existing sign for your business. All sign permits must be applied for and installed by a registered general or sign contractor. Click here to download the sign application.


Home Occupation packet

Certificate of Use application

Lee County Business Tax Account Application











2525 Estero Blvd  •  Fort Myers Beach, FL  •  Ph. (239) 765-0202 • Fx. (239) 765-0909
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