Starting or Growing

Citrus County is strategically located in one of the USA’s top states for business and is framed by I-75 and the Florida Turnpike to the East and the Suncoast parkway (under construction) to the West, where there is plenty of land still available for development opportunities. From road to rail, airports to seaports, when ease of moving goods, services and people is critical, Citrus County delivers. Any company that appreciates work/life balance and wants to operate in a green, unspoiled environment will appreciate our excellent scenery, high achieving schools, excellent medical care and friendly, pro-business attitude.

Our mission statement is to nurture a desirable community that balances a welcoming business and job creating climate with environmentally sustainable growth and prosperity while preserving its core values, traditions of family stability, and stewardship of the natural habitat, for the benefit of Citrus County citizens of all ages.

Starting a Business


Step 1

Apply for a Business Tax Receipt with the
Citrus County Tax Collector


Step 2

Register your business with the Florida
Department of Revenue


Step 4

Corporate entities or ficticious name registrants should register with the Florida Department of State

Permitting Process

Step 1

Schedule a pre-application conference for project specific information. These conferences are FREE and are on a first come, first served appointment basis. Visit the Citrus County Department of Economic Development at 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461 or call (352) 527-5537.

Step 2

Step 3

Upon receipt of the application, the Department of Planning and Development will, within three (3) working days, determine whether an application is complete.

Step 4

If the application is determined complete, it shall be formally accepted and routed to the Technical Review Team (TRT) for review within ten (10) working days.

Step 5

Upon completion of the review, the application will be approved, approved with conditions, conditional approval, or denied. In all four cases, the applicant will be contacted and advised of the necessary actions to complete the process.

Please note: Dependent on the date of submittal, a Level One application time frame is 13 working days (2 to 2 1/2 weeks​). A Level Two application will require an additional 30 to 45 days.

Click here for more information on permitting forms and services.

Business & Entrepreneur Assistance

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida is non-profit partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state. 

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) serves as Florida’s statewide economic development agency. DEO’s programs and activites provide businesses with financial assistance, technical assistance, workforce development, training, and placement services.


GrowFL is an economic development program dedicated to helping established companies no longer in the startup stage by providing strategies, resources and support for next level growth. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state – the program helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity.

The guidelines for participants include:

  • A second-stage company, headquartered in Florida
  • 10-99 employees
  • $1 million to $50 million in revenue
  • Intellectual Property and/or strategy to sell outside the State of Florida

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