Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

235 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401


Phone: 850.785.5206

Fax: 850.763.6229






Thinking about starting a business in Bay County or in any of its cities and need to apply for a license? There are a few things to know and what resources are available.


Determine what type of company you want to form.


Do you want to:

1) File a DBA (fictitious name) to create a sole proprietorship or partnership?

2) Incorporate as a corporation or LLC (Limited Liability Company)?


Which ever you choose, you should register your company with the state (at and with the city your business will operate in, and obtain a bank account. You are required to do these steps even if you have an online business or an at home business.


Unincorporated Bay County does not require a business license; however, they do suggest that you register your business name with


If your business will operate within any of the city limits listed below, then you must contact the city for their licensing requirements.


Bullet_01.jpgCallaway – 850.871.6000

Bullet_01.jpgLynn Haven – 850.265.2121

Bullet_01.jpgMexico Beach – 850.648.5700

Bullet_01.jpgPanama City – 850.872.3033 

Bullet_01.jpgPanama City Beach – 850.233.5100

Bullet_01.jpgParker – 850.871.4104

Bullet_01.jpgSpringfield – 850.872.7570


The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations has all the information you need regarding business licensing for the state of Florida


The Small Business Development Center offers free assistance with filing your business license, filling out your business plan and more. Contact them at
or 850-818-0570





The mission of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is to create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.


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