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CAPE CORAL
A Business Tax Receipt (BTR) is required for every person or persons engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation within the City of Cape Coral.  This includes home-based businesses, brick-and-mortar businesses, and rental registrations.

The City Clerk's Department issues Business Tax Receipts.  All Business Tax Receipts shall be sold beginning July 1 of each year, are due and payable on or before September 30, and expire on September 30 of the succeeding year. When a business, profession, or occupation requiring a Business Tax Receipt is started after the first quarter of a fiscal year, the Business Tax Receipt will be computed every quarter.  See more information and access application forms below.

City Hall - City Clerk's Department

1015 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL  33990

Hours of Operation:  
Monday through Friday (except on National Holidays)
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Questions?  Email the Business Tax Receipts Division at businesstaxreceipts@capecoral.gov

Additional Requirement:  Businesses operating in the City of Cape Coral  MUST ALSO OBTAIN a Lee County Business Tax Receipt. 


LEE COUNTY
A Business Tax Receipt (BTR) is required for every person or persons engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation within Lee County.  This includes home-based businesses, brick-and-mortar businesses, and rental registrations.

Lee County Business Tax Receipts
can be obtained through the Lee County Tax Collector Office at this link: https://leetc.com/businesses/business-tax-guide-and-applications/

The checklist for obtaining a Lee County Business Tax Receipt can be found at this link:  https://leetc.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Local-Business-Tax-Checklist-Form-0623.pdf

Questions? Contact the Lee County Tax Collector's Office via email, preferred method of communications bt@leetc.com,  or by phone 239-533-6000.


CONTRACTORS FROM OUT OF TOWN

Are you a contractor from out of the area doing business in Cape Coral?
Competency contractors must register with the City of Cape Coral to be able to apply for a permit for any trade and must utilize the EnerGov Customer Self-Service (CSS) portal to apply for all permits.  For specific questions, please get in touch with Contractor's Registration at contractorregistration@capecoral.gov.  You are not required to have a City Business Tax Receipt.

NOTE:  Only the state license or certification will be verified each time a permit application is made.  EnerGov Customer Self-Service (CSS) portal

If you need clarification on whether your trade requires a license, please review the Frequently Asked Questions in the Forms section below. 


City Code
Click on the links below to view the chapters of the City Code that pertain to the guidelines, fees, and penalties for engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation.


Business Tax Receipts General Information  


Forms  


Search for Businesses or Contractors

You can search for contractors through the EnerGov software on the City website. On the software's main page, click 'Contractors' for Contractors or 'Licenses' for businesses. 

On the home page, there are various options in the pull-down menus under "Search Field" and "Operator."  When you have determined what you would like to search, i.e., owner name, license type, company name, etc., enter the search parameters in the field titled 'Search String.'  For example - to search for pool contractors, select License Type in the Search Field and enter 'pool' in the Search String area.  The list of pool contractors will appear in the box below.

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Investigations
The City does investigations to ensure that all contractors and vendors doing business in the City are properly licensed under applicable City and State regulations and investigates alleged violations of local, state, and regional codes and ordinances.

To report an Unlicensed Contractor performing work within the City of Cape Coral, call 239-242-3783  or email Cape Coral Code Compliance at unlicensed@capecoral.gov.

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