Business Tax Receipts

All applications will now be applied online at My Government Online (MGO). Please click here to access the MGO Customer Portal.

If you have any questions you can reach the help desk at 866-957-3764. Thank you.


View your BTR status and pay fees online through the MGO Customer Portal.

If you have any questions you can reach the help desk at 866-957-3764. Thank you.

Business owners can create a public user account to link active BTRs and stay up to date on your BTR.


Any person or business engaging in business activity within city limits, including one-person companies and home occupations, must obtain a City Business Tax Receipt (BTR) to operate. In some cases, if a business performs several functions or has multiple locations, it may be necessary to obtain more than one BTR for that business.

Any person who maintains a permanent or temporary business location or branch office within the City, for the privilege of transacting or engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation shall be required to pay a business tax pursuant to Chapter 8 of the Code of Ordinances.

A separate tax receipt is required for each person engaged in each profession, trade, shop or business, whether or not such businesses are co-located, connected, or operated in conjunction with any other business requiring a tax receipt.

Business Tax Receipts are valid from October 1 to September 30 of the succeeding year and must be renewed every year. Failure to renew a BTR subject the business owner to delinquent fees.

BTR fees are dependent on the nature of the business. Some variables include the number of employees, equipment, and seating capacity. To calculate the fee of your business tax receipt, please view our Comprehensive Fee Schedule located on the Financial Services Webpage.

Business Tax Receipts can be paid in person or by check, money order, or by Visa or MasterCard. View the Ways to Pay (PDF) for instructions on how to pay online.

If you have any questions please Email Planning Division or call 850-833-9605 or visit our office located at 105 Miracle Strip Parkway SW, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

BTR Fee Exemption

In accordance with Florida Statute Chapter 205, certain individuals are eligible for an exemption of the required BTR fee, please see the Fee Exemption Form (PDF) for more information.