Every business in Weston, including home-based businesses, must have a Business Tax Receipt (BTR) to engage in business within the City.
Chapter 40 of the City of Weston Code of Ordinances provides complete details regarding Business Tax Receipts.
A Business Tax Receipt shall not be issued until a Certificate of Use for the location has been issued, in accordance with the city code (with the exception of a U.S. Post Office Box).
The cost for a Business Tax Receipt varies according to the type of business (see the fee schedule linked below). All BTR’s expire on September 30th of each year and must be renewed annually.
Businesses with a start date after March 31 qualify for the pro-rated rate of one-half of the full tax year rate.
Renewals can be done online, by mail, or in person.
Where can I Obtain a Certificate of Use and/or a Business Tax Receipt Application?
Applications are available in print and online. Pick up an application at Weston City Hall, 17200 Royal Palm Boulevard or the Weston Building Code Services Department, located in the Administrative Services Center, 17250 Royal Palm Boulevard.
How Do I Receive My Business Tax Receipt?
Once you have completed the filing process and are approved, your Business Tax Receipt will be mailed to the business address.
What is the Penalty for Failure to Pay the Business Tax?
The penalty is up to 25% of the business tax due, in addition to any other penalty provided by law or ordinance, for any person who engages in any business within the City without first obtaining a BTR. Persons who do not pay the required taxes within 150 days after initial notice of the tax being due are subject to a penalty equal to the annual amount of the Business Tax or $250.00, whichever is less, in addition to possible civil action and penalties. Penalties can't be waived as the City Code does not provide for administrative relief by staff, administrators or elected officials.
Can I Transfer My Business Tax Receipt (BTR) to a New Location and/or to a New Owner?
Yes. The Business Owner/Applicant is responsible for notifying the City of any changes in the business address, business owner mailing address, and/or any changes of the business or corporation name. Any receipt may be transferred from one location to another within the City, for a transfer fee of 10% of the annual tax, not to exceed $25. A business tax receipt may be transferred to a new owner when there is a bona fide sale of the business, upon payment of a transfer fee of 10% of the annual tax, not to exceed $25.
If you have specific questions about your business compliance, contact:
Weston Business Tax Coordinator
Weston City Hall
17200 Royal Palm Boulevard
Weston, FL 33326
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Steps to Obtain A Business Tax Receipt
Certificate of Use Application (PDF) - NEW! Complete this form and apply online. Click here to learn more.
Business Tax Receipt Application (PDF)
Renew Your Business Tax Receipt Online
Business Tax Receipt Holders FY 2019 (PDF)
Broward County Records, Taxes & Treasury Division – Local Business Taxes