All businesses operating in the city of Sunny Isles Beach must obtain a Certificate of Use from the City’s Code Compliance and Licensing Department.
A Certificate of Use is essentially a zoning permit, issued after an inspection, verifying that the business use is permitted in that zoning district.
After obtaining a Certificate of Use, the city requires businesses to obtain a Local Business Tax. For more information, visit the Local Business Tax web page.
Certificate of Use for each use classification
Per City Ordinance(s) 2000-102 and 2001-145, “No structure used for the purpose of exercising the privilege of doing business within the city limits shall be used or occupied or any existing use enlarged, or a new use be made of said structure, without first obtaining that required Certificate of Use for each use classification.
Example: A hotel with rooms for rent, a restaurant, and a bar, are required to apply for three Certificates of Use.
Other government agency inspections/approvals
Prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Use, certain businesses may be required to obtain inspections or approvals from governmental agencies, including the following:
- Department of Business and Professional Regulations
- Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services
- Department of Environmental Resource Management
- Miami-Dade Fire Department
- City’s Zoning, Planning and Building Department.
The City requires a current Certificate of Use before issuing a Local Business Tax.
For more information regarding Certificates of Use and Local Business Tax, call the Code Compliance Department at 305-792-1975.