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Occupational License

This license is required for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession or occupation in Broward County. Licenses are sold at the Revenue Collection Division. Occupational licenses are valid from October 1 through September 30. For information about fees and requirements, contact the Revenue Collection Division, Occupational License Section, at (954) 831-4000.

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Pet Regulations

The Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division (ACaRD) strictly enforce the Animal ordinance. Local cities may have stricter ordinances relating to Animals. Check with your city code enforcement department for a complete list of regulations.

Broward County law requires both dogs and cats that are two months or older to wear license tags. There is a juvenile license tag for dogs and cats two to four months old. The adult license tags are for dogs and cats four months and older. Remember your pet(s) must wear the license at all times.

There are over 160 veterinarian offices in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties that sell Broward County license tags. The Animal Care Division also sells the license tags through the mail or by visiting a shelter.

You can obtain additional information by contacting the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division at (954) 359-1313 or (954) 970-0130.

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Broward County Library

Since its inception in 1974, the Broward County Library system has grown from two city libraries with a $1.3 million operating budget to 37 county libraries with a $60 million budget. Today, Broward County Library has a combined catalog of more than 2.8 million books, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs, a computerized information system with access to the Internet and specialized databases of information, and a comprehensive array of programs and services.

Broward County Library consists of a flagship Main Library, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center at Nova Southeastern University ( a joint-use facility between the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and Nova Southeastern University), five regional libraries and 29 branch libraries. The library system was named “Library of the Year” for 1996 -1997 by Library Journal and Gale Research for its excellent partnerships.

A $139.9 million bond issue, passed by 72 percent of voters in March 1999, is adding hundreds of thousands of new library materials, state-of-the-art computers at every library, nine new libraries and five expanded libraries totaling 345,000 additional square feet. The Main Library is located at 100 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Call (954) 357-7444 for more information.

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