What Permits Do You Need to Build a Restaurant in Miami?

Running a successful restaurant in Miami cannot be accomplished without first complying with the city’s construction regulations. Restaurants, like any other business, must secure appropriate permits before beginning construction as well as pass inspections for fire and other code compliance requirements (don’t forget about grease traps).

Below, we’ll discuss some important things to keep in mind as you begin your restaurant construction project in South Florida.

Getting Started with Restaurant Construction

If you’re looking to open a restaurant in Miami-Dade County, there are some steps to take before you can begin construction. Your general contractor will take the lead on most of this. That’s one reason why hiring a team who is familiar with the process is so important. Not only will partnering with a professional only speed things up, but it will also ensure that everything is done correctly so that your business can begin operations as soon as possible.

After selecting a general contractor, one of the first things you’ll do together is ensure your property has secured appropriate zoning approval, if needed. The process of applying for and securing permits in Miami can be done online via the iBuildMiami portal. To learn more about securing a permit in Miami, be sure to read this.

Opening Your Restaurant for Business

Before you can open your doors to customers, you must obtain a Certificate of Use from the city. This can only be done once construction is completed. You’ll also need a Business Tax Receipt.

Additionally, final code and fire inspections cannot be scheduled until you have submitted and paid for your Certificate of Use.

This all may sound like a lot to manage, and don’t get us wrong – it is. But experience, professionalism, and a strong local network have enabled us to navigate the permitting process for restaurant construction in Miami with ease for more than 20 years. If you need help turning your dream restaurant into a profitable operation, come talk to us. Schedule a free consultation today to talk to one of our experienced team members.


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