Business owners within the City of Miami Beach must obtain a Certificate of Use prior to operating a business. Applicants must begin by submitting an application to the Finance Department’s Business Tax Office.

A Certificate of Occupancy must be issued by the Building Department prior to obtaining a Certificate of Use. If a modification (construction) has been made to the structure/space the applicant must obtain all required inspections to include a passing final building and fire inspections prior to the approval and issuance of a Certificate of Use.

The Building Department performs courtesy inspections for restaurants, bars, hotels and retails uses at time of Certificate of Use applications. The purpose of the inspection is to verify that there are no life safety issues that exist in relation to the building. The staff members of the Governmental Compliance Section will coordinate all building inspections related to obtaining a Certificate of Use.

If you have questions regarding building inspections related to obtaining a Certificate of Use, please contact the Governmental Compliance Section at (305) 673-7610 Extension 6117 or 6951.

You may direct questions regarding the process for obtaining Certificate of Use to Manny Marquez Jr., Finance Department, at 305-673-7000 ext. 6904.