Zoning Division and Business Tax
"How" a property can be used is determined through Zoning. The City's Land Development Code (LDC) provides specific development criteria. The review of development plans, zoning guidelines, sign criteria, variances, landscaping standards, and most other aspects related to the development of property are governed by the City's LDC.
Building Improvement Process
Are You Planning on Making Improvements to Your Home, Business, or Property?
If your home, business or property is located within the city limits of Clermont, you will be required to obtain a Zoning Clearance and Building Permit prior to starting your project. The Zoning Clearance is a form that verifies the city regulations have been met. Once you have obtained the Zoning Clearance from the Planning and Zoning Department, you may proceed to obtain your Building Permit from Building Services.
To obtain a Zoning Clearance
To obtain a zoning clearance you will need to provide the following:
- Property Record Card or Recorded Warranty Deed
- 3 Plot/Site Plans Drawn to Scale
- Utility Meter Form per Meter (if applicable)
- Floor Plan (if applicable)
- Zoning Clearance fee
- Impact Fee (if applicable)
Please note: If your property is located within a flood zone a sealed survey shall be required indicating the location of the mean high water mark and 100 year flood line. No construction will be permitted in the flood zone.
Local Business Tax Receipt
Development Services issues business tax receipts to those having a commercial and/or residential business within the city limits of Clermont.
Effective January 1, 2007 Florida Statute Chapter 205 changed the wording "Occupational License" to "Business Tax". The Florida Legislature made this change in response to the 2004 hurricane season which produced vast numbers of unlicensed contractors performing work they were not certified by the State to perform. Homeowners mistakenly accepted a local "Occupational License" as proof that the individual was competent to perform structural repairs to their damaged homes.
This change in wording does not alter the responsibility of the City to insure that all businesses in the City have met all Federal, State and Local requirements before issuing a Business Tax Receipt. Anyone desiring to engage in a business in Clermont, whether in a commercial zone or from home, is required to pay for and obtain a Business Tax Receipt from both the City of Clermont Planning and Zoning Department and the Lake County Tax Collector's office. Operating a business in the City without a Business Tax Receipt can result in a penalty, surcharge and applicable delinquent charges.
Prior to applying and paying for a Business Tax Receipt, it should be determined if the skill/trade or business requires Federal and/or State certification/inspection and obtain the necessary proof. If the business name will be different than your legal given name, it is required that the name is registered with the Florida Division of Corporations and provide proof that the registration is active. Home occupations additionally are required to provide proof of residency at the location where the business will be operating from.
Details on obtaining a City Business Tax Receipt can be provided by contacting Development Services at 352-394-4083 Ext. 300 or 301. Home businesses must be aware of possible limitations. Please ask Planning & Zoning staff before submittals to make sure you can adhere to these conditions.
Local Business Tax Receipt - Submittal Instructions:
Businesses must have a Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as Occupational License) prior to opening a business in Clermont.
The application must be filled out, signed (original signatures) and submitted with proof of registration for a corporation, LLC, etc. and proof of fictitious name filing.
Note: Business may be required to have a Life Safety Inspection (min. $104) prior to occupancy. The Building and Fire Inspector will inspect the unit/building to verify that it is code compliant. *This does not apply to home based businesses (other than residential care homes).