Virginia Business License

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General Business License Requirements for Virginia.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in Virginia.

Virginia General Business Licenses

Virginia Business License

Not required



General Business License licensure is not required on the State level in Virginia.

Virginia does not have a general business license at the state level, but local licenses are often required.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Local General Business Licenses

Arlington New Business Registration

Agency:Arlington County Office of the Commissioner of Revenue (VA)
Fact Checked:11/15/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee based on the estimate of gross annual receipts.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee based on actual gross annual receipts.

Due:

Annually by March 1.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Chesterfield County Business License

Agency:Chesterfield County Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue (VA)
Fact Checked:11/15/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Business License

Agency Fee:

Based on estimated gross receipts.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by March 1.

Notes:

Renewal forms are mailed in early January.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

City of Richmond New Business License

Agency:City of Richmond Department of Finance (VA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Businesses with gross receipts greater than or equal to $5,000, but less than $100,000, pay only the $30 license fee. Businesses with receipts less than $5,000 pay no fee.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

Businesses with gross receipts greater than or equal to $5,000, but less than $100,000, pay only the $30 license fee. Businesses with receipts less than $5,000 pay no fee.

Due:

Annually by March 1.

Fairfax County Business, Professional and Occupational License

Agency:Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (VA)
Fact Checked:11/15/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) Application

Agency Fee:

Fee is based on gross receipts estimate for first year.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Fee is based on reported gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by March 1.

Notes:

A renewal application will be mailed in January.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Frederick County Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts and type of business.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts and type of business.

Due:

Annually by March 1st.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Henrico County Business License

Agency:Henrico County Department of Finance (VA)
Fact Checked:11/15/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Fee is based on gross receipts.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Fee is based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Notes:

Renewal forms are mailed to the address listed on the initial application annually.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Loudoun County Business Professional and Occupational License

Agency:Loudoun County Commissioner of the Revenue (VA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$30 (except for out-of-county contractors who pay based on an estimate of first-year receipts)

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Renewal fee is based on the prior year's actual gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by March 1.

Norfolk City Business License

Agency:Norfolk City Commissioner of the Revenue (VA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee based upon your estimate of total gross receipts from the day the business opens to December 31 of the same year.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Based on gross annual receipts.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Prince William County Business License

Agency:Prince William County Tax Administration Division (VA)
Fact Checked:11/15/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Based on expected annual gross receipts. There is no fee for businesses with expected annual gross receipts of less than $500,000,.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

The fee is based on Business Gross Receipts.

Due:

Annually by March 1.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Virginia Beach Business License

Fact Checked:10/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Virginia Beach Business License Application

Filing Method:

File by mail.

Agency Fee:

Fees vary based on industry and gross sales.

Fact Checked:10/4/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Virginia Beach Business License Renewal

Filing Method:

File by mail.

Agency Fee:

Fees vary based on industry and gross sales.

Due:

Due annually by March 1.

Fact Checked:10/4/19

Virginia Beach Business License

Agency:City of Virgina Beach Commissioner of the Revenue (VA)
Fact Checked:11/15/19

Initial Registration

Form:

?Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Determined by gross receipts of the business.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Renewal

Agency Fee:

Based on the gross receipts of the prior calendar year.

Due:

Annually by March 1.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

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