Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
Orlando is full of magic including the power to make licenses and permits disappear. The business-friendly city and surrounding Orange County require minimal local licenses – leaving most of the regulation to the State of Florida. However, that doesn’t mean Orlando businesses don’t need their fair share of licenses. Florida regulations a large number of industries and business types from food businesses to auto body repair. Although most people recognize Orlando for its tourism and entertainment centered around Disney and other theme parks, the city is also home to a $13.4 billion technology industry employing 53,000 people. Along with this is a major defense industry. All of have led Orlando to develop many local and small businesses to support the growing population and swarms of visitors.