Start a Business

Entrepreneurs and second-stage companies are the backbone of Wakulla County’s economy. From home-based cottage industries to professional services, construction, aquaculture, information technologies, and manufacturing, the majority of Wakulla’s opportunities are with privately-held businesses. Here are helpful tips to establish your new venture in Wakulla.

Opening a Business in Wakulla County

In an existing structure

Step 1: Complete State Requirements

  1. Register your business with the Florida Department of State. This link provides a step-by-step process for forming a business and registration.  
  2. If your business sells food, obtain a permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
    Annual Food Permit Fees

Step 2: Apply for a Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly an Occupational License)

  1. Fill out this form
  2. Take the form to the Wakulla County Planning Department (3093 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327) where you will pay a $20 fee. As an alternative, you can also mail in the form along with a check to the address at the top of the form. 
  3. The application is reviewed by the Planning Department and signed if approved. Sometimes conditions may be noted. 

Step 3: Building Department Review

  1. Take the signed, approved form right next door to the Building Department for review by the Building Official. 
  2. If the building is operating as a commercial building and there is a change in the use, it may require an inspection before approval. There is a cost of $80 for the Change of Use Inspection (if required).
  3. The Building Official will issue a permit number if required and sign, if approved. 

Step 4: Apply for a Business License

  1. Take the approved Local Business Tax Receipt to the Wakulla County Tax Collector's Office (202 Ochlocknee Street - Crawfordville, FL 32327) to apply for a one-year license. 
  2. Pay a $35 annual fee. On April 1 of each year, the price is reduced to $17.50 and is valid through September 30. Renewal notices are mailed out to all businesses in July/August. 
  3. If you are using the name of your business (an LLC or other name that is not inclusive of your first and last name), the name must first be registered with the Department of State, Division of Corporations (same step covered under State Requirements.)

Step 5: Open Your Doors and Grow your Business!

  1. The Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce would love to celebrate your new business with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Please contact Petra Shuff at (850) 926-1848 or to learn more about the Chamber. 
  2. The Wakulla County Economic Development Council looks forward to helping you access resources like low-interest loans and technical assistance to help you grow and expand your operations. Please contact Julie Dennis at (850) 445-1932 ( or Beth Cicchetti at (850) 212-1056 ( to find out what resources are available to support you. 

Export Support

Are you exploring international markets? If so, we have specific programs to assist small businesses in partnership with the Enterprise Florida Export Assistance program.

Establishing a Home-Based Cottage Operation

To join the vibrant Wakulla Cottage Foods scene, follow these steps provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Also, check out the Sustainable Small Plot Farming options at the Wakulla Environmental Institute.



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