The Certificate of Use assures that the business is allowed in the zoning district where it is located. It also verifies that the structure was built for the proposed type of business.
Any new tenant or change of occupancy in a commercial or industrial property as well as any permitted residential facility must have a Certificate of Use to certify the use is permitted and does not violate any requirements of the Florida Building Code, County Zoning Code or the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Prior to opening any business in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, a Certificate of Use (also called a C.U. or zoning permit) must be obtained. A C.U. is required when an industrial or commercial building is erected, altered or enlarged, or an existing building goes through a change of occupant, name or type of business.
Please note the difference between a C.U. and a Local Business Tax -- The Certificate of Use allows for the occupancy of the structure as well as certifying that the use is permitted. A Local Business Tax is a tax on the business activity.
After a C.U. has been issued, you may apply for the Local Business Tax. For Local Business Tax details, contact the Tax Collector's office.