Business Tax Registrations

Any person doing business in the City of North Port must obtain a Business Tax Receipt. All applications can be emailed to

Renew your Business Tax License

Please note: the Business Tax Receipt (BTR) function has been moved from the Building Division to Economic Development. In addition to the email above, you can call 941-429-7029 for questions or concerns regarding your BTR. Learn more at

Business Tax Receipt Documents

Other Important Business Documents

Home Care Business Check List

If you are opening an Assisted Living Facility, Daycare, Foster Care, Group Home, Adult Care, Intermediate Care you need to follow the checklist for residential and non-residential Home Care Facilities. Please complete the checklist and check the appropriate type of home care business you are starting. This will help us determine which requirements are needed in order to start.

Home Care Business Checklist(PDF, 135KB)

Change of Occupancy Permit Application

If you are moving your business into a commercial space in North Port, you will be asked to fill out a Change of Occupancy Permit Application. This will allow our inspectors to check fire, electric, and zoning issues at that location. You can email this form to

Change of Occupancy Permit Application(PDF, 467KB)

Only after the inspections are complete and approved are you then allowed to open your business and use your business tax receipt.

Fertilizer Fact Sheet for Businesses

If you are running a business that requires fertilizer application please view the Fertilizer Ordinance Fact Sheet. All commercial and institutional applicators of fertilizer (except homeowners applying fertilizer on their own property) must receive training and certification in a City approved training program that is provided by the Sarasota County Extension services. Contact them by calling (941) 232-6882.

Fertilizer Ordinance Fact Sheet(PDF, 482KB)



Business Tax Registration Look-Up

To find helpful information on every business, contractor and professional service, search the City's Business Tax & Contractor Information online feature.

How to use the feature:

  1. Access the Business Tax and Contractor Information webpage.
  2. When the page opens, a “Business Name” search box will appear. Type in the business name and click “Search.”
    (Tip: If the business name you searched for is not on the list that displays, click on “Business Information” on the left side menu to return to the search page. Then type in only part of the business name.)
  3. When the correct name of the business appears in the Business Search Results, click it.

A new page will open with details about the business, including ownership details, address, phone number, license status and its current business tax/registration status with the City. The latest information about the business appears in the top line and prior years’ registration renewals are listed below it in chronological order.

"Active" status means that a business or contractor has paid its annual fee to the City of North Port.

If your selection is a contractor, you should also check to see if the company's license and insurance are current. You can see if a specific contractor has paid his or her annual business tax and if his or her required professional licenses are active. This valuable information, in the form of the expiration dates of a contractor's state license and general liability and workman's compensation insurances, is also provided on the Business Search Results page. The City of North Port strongly advises against doing business with an unlicensed contractor.

**Current license information for dentists, doctors, mechanics, child care providers, dance studios, restaurants, accountants, cosmetologists and other service providers also can be found using the search feature.**

Business Tax Renewal