When I was planning to set up a business in Miami several years ago, I had no idea what permits or licenses to obtain before I was allowed to operate my business. I found myself working with a professional to help me settle all the paperwork to ensure that I wouldn’t be dealing with any legal issues. One of the first things I learned was that I needed to secure a certificate of use in Miami. At the time, I had no idea what this certificate was. This article aims to help those who are looking to launch a business in Miami and inform them about what a CU is.
It was explained to me that a certificate of use is basically a permit that allows a business to operate within its zoning district. It also serves as verification that the building is built according to the type of business. Fortunately, obtaining this certificate proved to be quick and simple. There was an online application form which I simply filled out and took to the Permitting and Inspection Center in the Miami-Dade County. I was told that in order to speed up the applications process, it was best to visit the office in person.
When applying for this certificate, you must prepare some important information including your business name and address, the square footage of the business area, the owner’s name and type of business, and the name of a corporate officer in case the business you plan to set up is a corporation. You must also prepare to pay an upfront fee and also settle additional fees once the certificate is approved.
Take note of that regardless of the type of business you plan to open, it is an absolute must to obtain a certificate of use in Miami. You can start the application process by searching online about how to obtain a zoning permit. While you’re at it, you may also want to do additional research about other permits or licenses you may need to secure before operating your business.