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Start Up Directory: City of Fernandina Beach

At the heart of every vibrant community is the spirit of entrepreneurship, and Fernandina Beach is no exception. We are proud to introduce the Fernandina Beach Start Up Directory - your definitive guide to launching a business in the city.

Whether you’re a visionary with a fresh idea, or an established business owner looking to set down roots in the City of Fernandina Beach, our directory is tailored to provide you with comprehensive resources, insights, and the tools you will need from start to finish.

Our aim is to bolster the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels Fernandina Beach and foster a supportive ecosystem where businesses of all sizes can thrive. Open your business with confidence, knowing that the Chamber of Commerce stands beside you every step of the way. Your Fernandina Beach business journey starts here!

Step One:

Research and Business Planning

Whether you're initiating a new enterprise, growing an established company, or acquiring a franchise, having a plan is essential.

Create a Business Plan

Assistance & Training

Suggested Contractors

Step Two:

Form Your Entity

Follow these steps to make sure you are navigating through all the required legal procedures.

       1.  Choose your company type:

       2.  Register your business name (optional)

       3.  Form Your Business:

       4.  Determine State Licensing Requirements

       5.  Determine Local Business Licensing Requirements:

    • City of Fernandina Beach Business License
    • Any business physically located in the incorporated city limits must have a Local Business Tax Receipt (LBTR) issued by the City of Fernandina Beach: City of Fernandina Beach: Local Business Tax Receipt
    • The Local Business Tax (LBTR) Application has to be complete, or it cannot be accepted. Included in the LBTR application packet are:
      1) an Affidavit for Local Business Tax, which must be filled out, signed and witnessed; and
      2) an Affidavit for Home Local Business Tax, which must be read and signed if the business is going to be based on your home.
    • Businesses that are not home-based must be operated from a storefront or office. A Business Checklist for businesses that are not home-based is included in the LBTR application packet. A Local Business Tax inspection will be conducted by the Fire Marshal and an Inspector from the Building/Code Enforcement department. 
    • Mobile Food Vehicles
    • Resort Rentals
    • For information on allowable signage in the City, please contact Planning Department staff, who can help you figure out what signage is permissible at your location. Planners are available at 904-310-3135. Sign permit applications can be found in the Document Center, under City Forms/Community Development/Business.

       6.  Register for Employer Identification Number (EIN)

      7.  Register State Tax

Step Three:

Location Phase

Whether you're initiating a project from scratch or moving an established business, you will be required to undertake the following steps. Explore location needs, ideals and opportunities. 

Step Four:

Site Selection and Approval

After discovering the ideal location for your business, there are crucial procedures to which you should adhere. 

Step Five:

Construction and Building Permits

Securing the right permits and adhering to local and state code requirements are essential when launching a business. However, understanding and moving through the many stages of the permitting process can sometimes be daunting. To assist you, we've provided a step-by-step guide below, designed to simplify the procedure and minimize potential errors.

The City of Fernandina Beach requires that building permits be obtained prior to making any improvements, repairs or alterations to a property. Permit applications are accepted until 4:30 PM each day. Click here to view and access the city's new online permit application system.

Step Six:


You can never be too careful; it's critical to have the right agencies sign off on your business.

Step Seven:


Running Your Business

Additional Resources

Suggested Contractors

Step Eight:

Congratulations, You're Open!

Congratulations! Now that your business is open and operating, make sure to join the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. With more than 780 members and nearly 70 years of business knowledge and expertise, the Chamber is not only the voice of the Nassau County business community but also the best resource for businesses seeking education, outreach, advocacy, networking, and who want their membership dollars to work hard for them in the hands of local stewards. 

If you have any questions or need additional support, don't hesitate to reach out to the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at or (904) 261-3248. We are dedicated to supporting your business and helping you not only succeed but also thrive. 

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