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 www.sunbiz.org) 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 www.sunbiz.org.
If your business will operate within any of the city limits listed below, then you must contact the city for their licensing requirements.
Callaway – 850.871.6000
Lynn Haven – 850.265.2121
Mexico Beach – 850.648.5700
Panama City – 850.872.3033
Panama City Beach – 850.233.5100
Parker – 850.871.4104
Springfield – 850.872.7570
The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations has all the information you need regarding business licensing for the state of Florida www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr.
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 www.floridasbdc.org