Certificate of Use

Getting a Certificate of Use (CU)

Getting a Certificate of Use (CU) Are you opening a new business or seeking to move your existing business to the City of North Miami? A Certificate of Use needs to be obtained prior to the commencement of any business to ensure that all businesses are operating legally, safely, and honoring the city’s vision for that neighborhood. 

Businesses that Require a CU: 

  • At Home Occupations/Online Businesses 
  • Assisted Living Facilities 
  • Community Residential Homes 
  • Non-Profit Organizations 
  • Religious Institutions 
  • Commercial and Industrial Property Owners and/or Management Companies 
    • All tenants of these properties need individual CUs in order to operate their business. Potential tenants please verify with the Zoning Division prior to signing a lease to ensure the proposed use is allowed within the zoning district without any restrictions. 
  • Multi-Family Residential Property Owners and/or Management Companies 
  • View the List of all uses that require a Certificate of Use

Certificate of Use Application Process

  1. Check my zoning
    Is my proposed use permitted on this property? Visit northmiami.gridics.com.
  2. Pick up my Certificate of Use application
    Visit the Community Planning & Development Department, Zoning Division or online .
  3. Fire Rescue
    Obtain my Fire Inspection Report and/or Annual Operating Permit for my business. To request an inspection please call 786-331-4800 or visit www.miamidade.gov/fire.
  4. D.E.R.M
    Approval is required by the Department of Environmental Resources Management for my proposed use to comply with the Federal, State and County environmental protection laws.
  5. Submit my Certificate of Use application
    Please see checklist of additional documents required. Completed applications are accepted ONLY at the Community Planning & Development Department, Zoning Division Monday - Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  6. Inspection
    Zoning compliance inspection will be completed by the City of North Miami, Building Department within 10-14 days.
  7. Business Tax Receipt
    Upon my CU application being approved, a City of North Miami BTR, and Miami-Dade Local BTR must be applied for after CU inspection approval. 

Renew Certificate of Use (CU)

Currently, your CU will last until the end of the fiscal year (October 1st-September 30th) in which you applied. So, if you got your CU in June, you’ll have to renew that in October. Renewal is easy, simply keep an eye out for an invoice from our department and pay the invoice by September 30th.

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