Business Resource Guides

Many business services are handled by The City of St. Petersburg. The City Resources list below link to information on different city departments, programs, services and other resources for businesses. 

Business Tax
Online service to apply or renew a Business Tax Certificate with the City

Doing Business with the City of St Petersburg
Guide to understanding city procurement procedures, business registration

Economic Development
Business incentive programs, business attraction & retention, city statistics, development updates, redevelopment areas, and business climate

Development Review Services
Zoning, parking requirements, signage and land development regulations for businesses opening a physical location

Construction Services & Permitting
Permitting information & resources, building codes, building guides & checklists, impact fees

Engineering and Capital Improvements
Public project status reports, drainage and sidewalks, requests for qualifications

Mayor’s Action Center
Connection to City Hall, information requests, service requests

Water Resources
Conservation tips, water quality reports and other information

Grease Management
Grease traps, grease disposal, and registered hauler services; restaurant requirements

Utility Bill Services
Pay your water utility bill online; payment arrangements, sanitation and other utility information

City Sanitation
Commercial containers, collection services, and commercial accounts

Chemical and Hazardous Waste Collection
How to properly dispose of chemical and hazardous waste products, a Pinellas County service

Recycling Program
Recycling zones, collection schedules and guides

Green Programs
LED standards, energy conservation, water conservation

St. Petersburg Police Department Business Programs
Active shooter planning and prevention, CPTED crime prevention through environmental design program, commercial security surveys, and other programs

St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
Specialized services for the business community – plan exams, inspections and top codes violation list

Homeless Service Assistance
Give a Hand Up, not a Hand Out brochure on service providers and where to report a violation

Hurricane Preparation
Business disaster preparedness – critical planning steps for before, during and after a storm

The Greenhouse serves to provide small businesses with up-to-date information and resources related to COVID-19.  Please visit for full updates.

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The St. Pete Small Business Map displays self-identified local small businesses that operate in St. Petersburg for customers to easily find offers and services at the places they love and discover new favorite local places.  Local businesses in St. Pete are invited to add their listing! Visit

The Greenhouse’s Knowledge Center is powered by Startup Space and provides a database of local guides and checklists. The resources provide information on what you need to know to start your business. 

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The Greenhouse has complied a list of sites with resources & small-business funding opportunities for LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs.

Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

US Chamber

Franchise Business Review

Funding Circle

Nerd Wallet

Small Business Development Center Network

Resources and support for Veterans who are starting or continuing their journey of owning a business.

Boots to Business – offered at MacDill Air Force Base 

SBA Veteran Owned Business Resources

SCORE Veteran Entrepreneur Resources

Entrepreneur Ecosystem Resource Compass

Starting up isn’t easy. Fortunately, you’re not alone! The Greenhouse’s Resource Compass, powered by Startup Space, is designed to help you make the right connections. Use the tool to filter organizations, services and resources and discover the ones that are uniquely positioned to help you start, scale and sustain your venture.