Any transient merchant operating in unincorporated Lee County is required to obtain a Transient Merchant Permit.
A transient merchant is defined as any person or business, who is a non-permanent resident of Lee County, that sells goods, wares, or merchandise from a non-permanent location in the unincorporated area of Lee County. Examples of transient merchants are Christmas tree vendors, pumpkin vendors, and fireworks sales.
- Transient Merchant Permits are only issued at the Downtown Fort Myers Tax Collector's Office.
- Permits are valid only for the length of time indicated in the Certificate of Use Permit issued by Lee County Community Development.
- One (1) Transient Merchant Permit can cover multiple locations when all locations are open for the same length of time on the Certificate of Use Permit.
- A Lee County Local Business Tax Account is required for each location of the business.
For more information, contact our office at 239.533.6000.
Fire Sale or Going-Out-of-Business
A Fire Sale or Going-Out-of-Business Sale is defined as a sale, to be held in such a manner, as to reasonably cause the public to believe the sale will offer goods damaged, altered by a fire, or that upon disposal of the stock of goods on hand, the business will cease and be discontinued.
- The following items are required when applying for a Fire Sale or Going-out-of-Business Sale permit:
- A completed application to conduct a Fire Sale or Going-out-of-Business Sale.
- A current inventory list.
- Surrender all other business licenses applicable to the location covered by this application.
- All ad valorem taxes must be paid through the current taxing year.
- Non-refundable application fee of $50.00 (payable in cash, money order, or check made payable to "Lee County Tax Collector".)
- Conditions of permit issuance:
- A permit is issued for a period of sixty days (including Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays) and is not renewable.
- A permit is not assignable or transferable.
- Additions to the original inventory are prohibited.
- The permit will be displayed near the main entrance to the premises.
For complete regulations, refer to Florida Statute 559 Part III.