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Doing Business in Apalachicola

Sustainable business development, retention, and growth are top priorities for the City of Apalachicola. From small businesses to large corporations, the City of Apalachicola invites companies to open, relocate and expand in Apalachicola. Businesses are critical to the local economy and essential for a healthy community.

Business License

Any person or entity that endeavors to carry on, conduct, or engage in any business trade, occupation, or profession within the City of Apalachicola is required to obtain an annually renewed business license. All business licenses expire on September 30 of each year. Businesses are responsible for the timely filing of their business license renewal form and fees. If the due date for payment falls on a Saturday or Sunday or a federal, state or city-observed holiday, then payment is considered timely on the following business day. Businesses that do not meet the renewal deadline are required to pay penalty fees. Those licenses not renewed by October 1 of each year shall be considered delinquent and subject to a delinquency penalty of 10 percent for the month of October, plus an additional 5 percent penalty for each month of delinquency thereafter until paid. The total delinquency penalty shall not exceed 25 percent of the occupational license fee for the delinquent establishment.

For more information regarding business licenses, contact City Hall at (850) 653-9319.

Signs & Murals

All signs within the City must be permitted in accordance with the provisions of the ordinance.


No private property shall be allowed to be placed, positioned, maintained or remain on the sidewalks, streets, right-of-way or public property in the City downtown commercial area except by permit.

Vacation Rentals

All Vacation Rentals operating within City of Apalachicola limits must be in compliance for proper zoning and must maintain appropriate licensing. Please use the below links for a quick guide on zoning, licensing, contacts and resources!