Starting a Business
A QUICK GUIDE TO OPENING YOUR DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER BUSINESS
You probably already have your business concept, plan and financing in place and have a Downtown Clearwater location in mind. Here’s what you need to know to get your doors open:
To find out if your business use is zoned for your desired location, visit our map the City of Clearwater website or call the City of Clearwater Planning & Development Services Department at (727) 562-4567.
If you need to renovate your space you’ll need a building permit for Remodeling, Plumbing, Electric, HVAC, Grease Traps, Signs. Find more information on permitting on the City of Clearwater website or call City of Clearwater Planning & Development Services at (727) 562-4567.
All businesses within the City must register their business and have a Business Tax Receipt (BTR). For more information on Business Tax Receipts (BTR), visit the City of Clearwater website or call City of Clearwater Planning & Development Services at (727) 562-4567.
Have an idea for a business and want to know about all the requirements? The Building Plan Review Committee (BPRC) is a pre-application meeting to discuss proposed projects in the City of Clearwater with key city staff. For more information on the Building Plan Review Committee (BPRC) visit the City of Clearwater website or call City of Clearwater Planning & Development Services at (727) 562-4567.
RESOURCE FOR BARS AND RESTAURANTS
Florida Department of Health – Pinellas County Food Service/Bar Licensure Opening Steps
Florida Department of Health – Pinellas County Food Service/Bar Plan Review Application
If you need help with questions about Business Feasibility, Creating a Business Plan, Access to Capital, Marketing, Mentoring and more:
Clearwater Business SPARK is a network of programs, services and facilities provided by public and private partners to support businesses and entrepreneurs in every stage of development so they may easily identify and obtain the resources needed to grow in the future. Visit the Clearwater Business SPARK website or call Audra Aja, Clearwater Business SPARK Program Coordinator, at (727) 443-0217.
CITY OF CLEARWATER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
In furthering the City Council’s strategic direction to facilitate development of the economy, the objective of the Economic Development and Housing Department is to improve and expand the economic base of the city through the retention and expansion of existing businesses and the attraction of new businesses and real estate investment.
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT BOARD
The Downtown Development Board (DDB) is composed of seven elected officials who act as an aid to the city, the Clearwater Redevelopment Agency and Citizens to see that city services are properly planned for the downtown area. The Board assists in preparing and maintaining an analysis of the economic condition and changes; assists in formulating short and long range plans for improving and developing Clearwater Downtown and advises on policies and procedures which succeed in bringing business and residents into the downtown district, improving its tax base and overall economic condition.
PINELLAS COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to Central Florida’s Gulf Coast. Through investment tools, professional courses and business counseling sessions, trade missions to open new markets, as well as local, regional and statewide partnerships, PCED fosters a pro-business climate in Pinellas County, Florida.
CLEARWATER BUSINESS SPARK
Clearwater Business SPARK is a business resource network to support businesses and entrepreneurs in every stage of development so that you may easily identify and obtain the resources you need to start or grow in the greater Clearwater area. Think of the network as the first “place” you go to determine where you need to go.
From technology to tourism and boardrooms to beaches, AMPLIFY Clearwater has been creating a positive impact in the region since 1922. With the mission to enhance the business environment and promote a healthy economic climate, our passion for progress helps our members thrive. (Previously the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce and Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, which merged in October 2019.)
CLEARWATER DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP
The Clearwater Downtown Partnership is a non-profit group comprised of concerned citizens, businesses and civic organizations who encourage and advance the strategic economic development of gracious living spaces, inviting office and retail space and extraordinary entertainment options that ultimately promote Downtown Clearwater as the premier destination to live, work and play.