Business Tax Receipts

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"Any person and/or company who maintains a permanent business location or branch office within the City of Sunrise for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession or occupation is required to obtain a business tax receipt." Article II, Section 7-27(1)(2), City of Sunrise Code of Ordinances.

The Business Tax Receipt office (formerly known as Occupational License) is part of the Community Enhancement and Code Compliance division. The Business Tax Receipt office is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and may be reached at (954) 572-2352 or

Currently, there are more than 5,200 active business tax receipts in the City of Sunrise. Business tax receipts are renewed on an annual basis for all businesses located in the City, including authorized home-based businesses. Business owners planning to operate in the city must apply for a business tax receipt prior to conducting business.

To avoid late penalties, business tax receipts must be renewed on or before September 30th of each year. A delinquency penalty of 10% is added to the business tax portion of your invoice in the month of October, plus an additional 5% penalty for each month of delinquency thereafter:

        • October 1, a 10% penalty will apply. 
        • November 1, a 15% penalty will apply. 
        • December 1, a 20% penalty will apply. 
        • January 1, a 25% penalty will apply.

Any person who engages in or manages any business, occupation, or profession without obtaining a local business tax receipt may be subject to a 25% penalty of the business tax receipt fee, including the business tax receipt due and any other penalty provided by law or in the City Code.

Any person who engages in any business, occupation, or profession covered by this chapter, who does not pay the required local business tax within 150 days after the initial notice of tax due, and who does not obtain the required local business tax receipt is subject to civil actions and penalties, including court costs, reasonable attorneys' fees, additional administrative costs incurred as a result of collection efforts, and a penalty of up to two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00). 

Online Business Tax Receipt Inquiries
View our searchable database of Business Tax Receipts.

Online Business Tax Receipt Renewals
To renew your business tax receipt online, you will need your business tax receipt number, corresponding PIN number, and credit card. If you have any questions, please call the Business Tax Office at (954) 572-2352 or email

Business Tax Receipt Documents
Please refer to the following documents for additional information on how to apply for a business tax receipt:

Non-Consent Towing Permits
“It is unlawful for a tow truck operator to engage in non-consent towing from private property unless such tow truck operator obtains and maintains a permit issued pursuant to this article. A tow truck operator conducting non-consent tows from private property in the city shall be required to obtain a permit and shall be subject to all the provisions of this article regardless of whether its principal place of business is within or outside of the city. All permits shall expire on September 30 of each year following the date of original issuance. Permits shall be renewable annually.” Article XIII, Section 7-386, City of Sunrise Code of Ordinances.

Please contact the Business Tax Office for application information.

For a list of Permitted Non-Consent tow truck operators, please contact the Business Tax Office at 954-572-2352 or email

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