Do I need a business tax receipt and how do I apply?
If you engage or manage any business, profession, or perform any business within our City limits, you need to purchase a license. If your business has more than one location, a separate license is required for each location. A separate license is issued for each use performed within your business.
You may apply for an Business Tax Receipt between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, at City Hall, located at 100 NW 1st Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444. Our phone number is (561) 243-7241.
How do I renew my Business Tax Receipt and what are the penalty charges of I renew late?
Business Tax Receipt are renewed annually on September 30th of each year. The fiscal year runs from October 1st thru September 30th.
As a courtesy, the City mails renewal reminders in August. However, if the renewal notice is not received, it is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that their license is renewed prior to September 30th of each year. Failure to receive a renewal reminder notice will not exempt licensee from paying any penalties for late payment.
Penalty Schedule - Percentage Added to Total Renewal Tax
How do I transfer my Business Tax Receipt, if I change my location, business name or owner?
If there is any change in the status of your business, including name changes, classification of business, your business location or ownership, an application must be submitted for transfer of your Business Tax Receipt.
Your current Business Tax Receipt must be surrendered prior to issuance of the new license. A transfer fee of $16.75 shall be paid prior to the issuance of the new Business Tax Receipt.
The surrendered Business Tax Receipt must be signed and dated by the previous owner and indicate that all rights, interest, and title of the business is assigned to the new owner.
Restaurants, or any business requiring a health department approval, shall also submit the amended health department form.
May I operate my business out of my home?
Home-based businesses are permitted, if the home is strictly for phone, mail, and bookkeeping work. Not permitted is any business which employs people or attracts customers or vehicular traffic to the home. The home-based business must be so unobtrusive that the residents are unaware of its existence.
If you are applying for a home-based Business Tax Receipt, a Home Occupation Affidavit signed by the business owner must be submitted with your application.
What is the Business Tax Receipt fee? Do I need a safety inspection?
The cost of a business tax receipt is $190.30 for each type of business license. There are a few exceptions, however. The exceptions can be viewed by downloading Business Tax Category Listings.
All licenses are issued for a period of 1 year on a fiscal year basis that begins on October 1 each year, with all licenses expiring on September 30th the following year.
The business tax receipt is discounted on April 1st 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 $13.40 with the Business Tax Receipt office.
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.
Can Code Enforcement handle situations such as trespassing, enforcing condominium or homowner association rules, parking illegally, or encroaching structures?
In general, the answer to the above question is that Code Enforcement cannot handle those matters. Code Enforcement personnel handle violations of City ordinances only. If a situation fits within the scope of a City ordinance, we can usually handle the problem.
How do I report Code violations?
Suspected Code violations can be reported via telephone by calling 243-7210 or 243-7243 or by visiting our offices at City Hall from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday and by e-mail addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What school will my child attend?
Boundary information can be found by calling the School District of Palm Beach County at (561) 434-8000 or by checking their website at www.palmbeachschools.org. This web page can retrieve the information by street address, development or school.
Can I pick up an application for the first-time homebuyers program at City Hall?
No, an application can be picked up at one of the two non-profit agencies that partner with the City of Delray Beach. The agency can explain the process and requirements of the First-time Homebuyer's Program. Contact the Delray Beach Community Development Corporation (CDC) at (561) 266-9840 or the the Center for Technology, Enterprise and Development (TED) at (561) 265-3790.
How do I get more information about the different housing programs the City offers for my area?
You can come in to the Neighborhood Services Office located at 100 NW 1st Avenue or call the department directly at (561) 243-7280.
Will the housing rehabilitation program cost me anything?
Most programs have a lien period depending on the funding source. Please call Neighborhood Services at 561-243-7280 for specific answers.
Solid Waste and Garbage Services
How do I dispose of batteries?
South Palm Beach County residents can drop off , at no cost, their non-alkaline batteries and household hazardous waste at SWA for free. Battery types are: automotive batteries, button batteries, Ni-Cad batteries and lithium batteries. Drop-off locations are: South County Transfer Station, 1901 SW 4th Ave, Delray Beach and South West County Transfer Station and 13400 S State Road 7 in Delray Beach.