Starting a Business in the City
The City of New Port Richey supports and facilitates the creation and expansion of all business—large and small. If you need additional assistance navigating the City’s application and review processes or have questions, please call the City's Development Department at (727) 853-1050. We wish you all the best!
Startup is an exciting phase in the life of a business, but it can also bring much frustration and hardship without considerable planning, research, and attention to detail.
It is wise to take advantage of free informational resources that can help you avoid many of the common mistakes made by new business owners. Check out opens in a new window by the U.S. Small Business Administration and contact local business support organizations (see Business Resources below) to learn about business programs that might benefit your venture.
While the services of an attorney are not required to start a business, you might want to seek legal counsel to guide you on some of your new business decision making.
Completing the steps below will help you to get your business started in the City of New Port Richey.
Step One: Legal Structure
Decide what legal structure you would like to have for your business: sole proprietor, partnership, corporation (C or S), or limited liability company (LLC). Lawyers and doctors may form a professional association (PA). All related forms can be found on-line on the opens in a new window website.
Step Two: Business Name
If you choose to use a name other than your own or that of a corporation (if you choose to create one), you will need to register a opens in a new window (“Doing Business As”) with the opens in a new window. You may also trade mark the business name in the State of Florida, nationally, and/or internationally.
Step Three: Employer Identification Number
All businesses except sole proprietorship with no employees must register for a federal identification number. To learn more, contact the opens in a new window at (850) 942-8995 or toll free at (800) 829-4933.
Step Four: Zoning and Other City Regulations
Before leasing or buying property where the business will operate, business owners must make sure that the business type is allowed under the City’s opens in a new window. To learn more, contact the Development Department Planning and Zoning Division at (727) 853-1050. If you are locating your business into an existing building and are planning interior remodeling, be sure to check with the at (727) 853-1047 about building permit requirements.
Step Five: State Licensing and Certificates
From barbers to real estate agents, there are more than 50 regulated professions that the State of Florida requires to obtain special licenses or certificates. To learn more, contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulationopens in a new window at (850) 487-1395. Various businesses are licensed by the opens in a new window, so also check with this agency if you are starting a business.
Step Six: Business Tax Receipts
Every business in the city needs to obtain a Business Tax Receiptopens in a new window regardless of how small and even if it is in your home. To learn more, contact the City of New Port Richey Business Tax Office at (727) 853-1061. Every business is also required to obtain a opens in a new window.
Other Information Important to Your Florida Business
Sales Tax Certificates
The State of Florida requires retail stores and some other businesses to collect sales tax. Businesses must apply for a sales tax certificate. To learn more, contact the opens in a new window at (800) 352-3671.
Corporate Income Tax
Corporations in Florida must pay the State corporate income tax. For more information, contact the opens in a new window at 1-800-352-3671.
Tangible Personal Property Tax
Pasco County taxes the personal property of businesses (e.g., business equipment). To learn more, contact all the opens in a new window at (727) 847-8151.
Federal Income Tax Withholding and Social Security Tax
Employers must withhold from salaries of their employees for federal tax purposes. They also must pay Social Security taxes. To learn more, contact the opens in a new window at (850) 942-8995 or toll free at (800) 829-4933.
Federal Unemployment Tax
Most businesses with one or more employees must contribute to a federal fund that pays unemployment insurance to workers that have been laid off. To learn more, contact the opens in a new window at (850) 942-8995 or toll free at (800) 829-4933.
State Reemployment Tax
Businesses must pay into a state fund that pays unemployment compensation. To learn more, contact the opens in a new window at (800) 352-3671.
Companies with four or more employees must pay into a state fund that compensates workers who are injured on the job. In construction businesses, the rules that apply are stricter. For more information, contact the opens in a new window at (850) 413-1601.
New Employee Hire Reporting Requirements
Federal and State law requires employers to report all new/rehire employees who work in the State of Florida to whom the employer anticipates paying earnings. Employees should be reported even if they work only one day and are terminated. To learn more, visit the opens in a new window or call the Florida Department of Revenue at (850) 656-3343.