Any person applying for or renewing a Local Business Tax Receipt to practice any profession regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, or any board or commission thereof, must exhibit an active state certificate, registration, or license, or proof of copy of the same, before such Local Business Tax Receipt may be issued.

Professional Licenses

Professionals who work out of multiple locations in the county will only be required to obtain one business tax receipt.

However, each state licensed establishment will be required to obtain a Professional Administrative Office business tax receipt and a site license.

When a professional is qualified for more than one profession, a separate state certificate, registration, or license must be obtained and exhibited for each profession separately.

Common examples of state licensed establishments
Barber Shop Engineering Firm Nail Salon
Cosmetology Salon/Day Spa Insurance Agency Real Estate Agency
Dental Laboratory Massage Establishment Veterinary Clinic

The Business Tax Receipt must be issued in the name of the establishment and match the name on the license issued by the state. Each professional would be required to obtain a separate Business Tax Receipt.

Common examples of professional licenses
Attorney CPA Massage Therapist Physician
Auctioneer Dentist Nail Technician Private Investigator
Barber Engineer Nurse Therapist
Cosmetologist Facial Specialist Optician Veterinarian

For a full list of state licensed professionals or to check if your business type is required to be licensed by the state, contact our office at 239.533.6000.

Contractor Licenses

Lee County Competency Card (LCCC)

Lee County Contractor Licensing issues Competency Cards (LCCC) in various trades that are not licensed by DBPR. To see a detailed list of trades that require a Competency Card see county ordinance  AC 12-6.

Competency cards issued in other counties are not acceptable for use in Lee County.

Contractors from other counties will need to apply for a (LCCC) to perform work in Lee County.

Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

DBPR issues two types of state licenses to contractors:

  1. Registered Licenses
  2. Certified Licenses

Registered Contractors

Registered contractors have passed state requirements and can only work in the jurisdiction for which the registration is issued.

If working outside of the allowed jurisdiction, a letter or competency card must be obtained from the Lee County Contractor’s Licensing Board. A copy of the letter or competency card must be presented with the application to obtain a Lee County Local Business Tax Receipt.

Certified Contractors

Certified contractors based in Lee County are not required to get a local competency card. 

Contractors based outside Lee County will register with contractor licensing and be required to obtain a Lee County Local Business Tax Receipt.

  • State licenses cannot be transferred to another individual. If there is an owner name change or business name change, the state license must reflect the change.
  • For a contractor to qualify a company, the name of the company and qualifier must be on the state license or local competency card.
  • If the state license indicates individual, a Local Business Tax Receipt cannot be issued with a business name on the license.
  • All information on the Local Business Tax Account application must match the state license.
    • Exception: The physical address does not need to match for contractors.

  • When a qualifier transfers to another company or wants to add “INC”, the state license must reflect the change.

To make inquiries regarding contractor licensing, contact:

Contact information for Regulatory Agencies
Contractor Licensing
1500 Monroe Street
Ft. Myers, FL 33901
or Department of Business and Professional Regulations
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399