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Business Tax Receipt Fees

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The cost of a business tax is $190.30 for each type of business. There are a few exceptions, however.
  • Business Tax Receipt Fees

     Classification   Fees
     Alleys, Bowling, Boxball, Tenpins   $30.82 (each lane)
     Ambulance   $107.66 (separate from undertaking, each)
     Apartment   $7.74 (per room, excluding kitchens and bathrooms)
     Automatic Games and Devices  $76.84 (each machine or apparatus 
     Automatic Trade Machines  $46.16 (each machine) $182.26 (for distributor)
     Automatic Weighing Machine Distributor   $15.52 (each machine)
     Automobile or Motor vehicles, Trucks, Farm Tractors, and Farm Implements, Motorcycles  $61.51 (self-serve car wash, First unit)
     Automobile Service Station  $95.36 (baby sitter service)
     Billiard, Pool Tables  $76.84 (each table)
     Book, Magazine Solicitors   $76.84 (per week) $30.82 (per person)
     Caterers  $76.84 (fixed base or mobile, each truck)
     Hotels  $7.74 (per room, excluding kitchens and bathrooms)
     Ice Cream Parlors  $153.66 (ice cream wagon or truck, each)
     Manicurist  $92.35 (each)
     Masseur, Masseuse  $92.35 (each)
     Peddlers of Merchandise - Not otherwise enumerated specifically herein  $30.82
     Peddlers of Merchandise - Peddlers who are not producers of the product they sell  $30.82
     Taxis  $153.92 (first vehicle) 76.84 (each additional vehicle)
     Temporary Holiday / Venders  $92.32

 All receipts are issued for a period of one year on a fiscal year basis that begins on October 1 each year, with all business tax's expiring on September 30 the following year.

The business tax is discounted on April 1 to $95.15 which is half the scheduled fee for businesses beginning in the middle of the fiscal year.

Services or businesses that are located in other cities, but conduct work within the City of Delray Beach (e.g., lawn services, taxi companies) are not required to have a license from Delray Beach, however, they must register for $14.07 with the business tax office.

Additional Fees


A separate one-time fee of $25.00 will be assessed for inspecting the premises of a new commercial business to insure the health, safety and welfare of the public. The inspection includes examining fire extinguishers the marking and emergency lighting of exits and electrical wiring and outlets.

Criminal History Search 

For a peddler business tax receipt, a $24 criminal history search must be requested by the peddler through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement before a peddler's business tax receipt may be issued.


The City of Delray Beach offers certain exemptions to charitable, educational and religious institutions, disabled honorably discharged veterans, un-remarried spouses of disabled veterans, other disabled individuals, widows with minor dependents, and certain individuals 65 or older, as authorized by State law.

A Business Tax Receipt is still required to conduct business and will be issued free or at a reduced tax rate.

If you think you qualify for an exemption, please contact Business Tax Receipts at (561) 243-7203 option 4 to discuss the specific requirements and the amount of the exemption.


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