Home Based Business

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Why do I need a permit to start a home based business?
A permit is required to ensure that the business you're starting conforms to the character of your neighborhood, does not have a negative impact on your neighbors, does not pollute the environment, and conforms to the Land Development Code (ULDC) and all other County ordinances relating to Home Based Businesses. If you are doing work inside your home, then you can apply for a General Home Based Business as long as you comply with the standards provided in the General Home Based requirements link below. If you live in the Rural/Ag area and are working in an accessory building, then you can apply for a Rural Home Based Business if you comply with the Rural Home Based Business requirements below. Contact the Zoning Administrator at 352-384-3184, or hbanner@alachuacounty.us for application information.


Frequently Asked Questions


General Home-Based Business

How many Home-Based Businesses can I have?

Two permits for home-based businesses may be issued at one time for a single dwelling unit.

How long is the permit valid for and how much does it cost?

Each permit is valid for a period of up to two years but can be renewed administratively subject to continued conformance with the requirements outlined below. The cost of the permit is $65 every 2 years.

General Home-Based Businesses requirements.

General Home based Businesses are issued adminstratively by the Director of Growth Management or his designee

Can I apply for General Home-Based Business if I am not the property owner?

Yes, however, if applicant is different from the owner, a notarized letter of authorization from the property onwner or property management must be attached.

What is the Tourist Development Tax?

The Tourist Development Tax (also referred to as tourist tax, bed tax or resort tax) is a 5% charge on the revenue from rentals of six months or less. This tax applies to the short-term rental of any living quarters or accommodations in any hotel, apartment hotel, motel, resort motel, apartment, apartment motel, rooming house, tourist camp, trailer camp, condominium, room or home. The tourist development tax shall be charged by the person receiving the consideration for the lease or rental, and it shall be collected from the lessee, tenant, or customer at the time of payment.

Learn more about how to start The Tourist Development Tax Application Process.

Do I need a permit to do the short term lease as a property owner?

No permit is required for this purpose.

Permit Cost and Duration.

The base fee is $65. The permit needs to be renewed every 2 years, and the renewal fee is $65.


Rural Home-Based Business

Rural Home-based Businesses requirements.

Rural Home based Businesses must be approved administratively by the Growth Management Department.

Can I apply for Rural Home-Based Business if I am not the property owner?

Yes, however, if applicant is different from the owner, a notarized letter of authorization from the property onwner or property management must be attached.

Permit Cost and Duration.

The base fee is $130. The permit needs to be renewed every 2 years, and the renewal fee is $65.



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