How do I apply for a license in Newport News, Virginia?
The proper form first must be completed and submitted. The business license form is known as the Business Classification Information form (BCI). It is found at http://www.nngov.com/commissioner-of-the-revenue/resources/corforms. The BCI form, a copy of a valid driver’s license or photo ID and at least a $30.00 check made out to the City of Newport News must be submitted together in person or by mail.
The office is located at the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue, 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia, 23607. Anyone that desires to operate a business must apply for a Business, Professional, and Occupational License (BPOL). Even if you have purchased a business that is already in operation, you still must apply to have the business licensed in your name.
Must all businesses apply for a license?
Yes. Whether your business will be permanent within the community or temporary for a season, you must apply for a business license in Newport News, Virginia. The business license is known as the Business, Professional, and Occupational License (BPOL). The Business Classification Information Form must be submitted prior to beginning business in the City.
How many departments review my application? How long does it take to be reviewed?
Only one department reviews the application, the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue. If you submit your application in person it typically is only one day for approval or denial. Submitting the application through the mail takes the average mail time plus one day, approximately four days.
In applying for a business license or Business, Professional, and Occupational License (BPOL), what costs are involved?
The fee varies depending on the gross receipt for the year and the classification of your business. Businesses must pay the tax within 30 days from the date the business started. Business owners must estimate gross receipts (profit) for the first year their business was in operation.
The BCI form determines your business classification and the tax involved. In general, businesses that anticipate making no more than $50,000 gross within the same calendar year pay $30.00 annually. Businesses that expect to accrue between $50,000.00 and $100,000.00 gross pay $50.00 annually. Businesses that anticipate receiving more than $100,000.00 gross annually must contact the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue directly at (757) 926-8651.
If the new business owner is unsure what they should expect to receive annually, the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue recommends that the business applicant sends at least $30.00 along with the required BCI form and the required copy of your photo ID. The address to send these items is: The Office of The Commissioner of the Revenue, 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia, 23607. Sending these three items together in the mail or dropping them off in person is the fastest avenue to submit your application.
Tax amounts are subject to verification at the end of each calendar year. Actual gross receipts are due at that time. Business owners are required to adjust based on the actual gross receipts. This will incur either a tax liability (being required to pay more taxes) or a tax refund.
I want to operate a business from my home. What are the steps?
As City Ordinances do not allow certain businesses to operate from residential homes, please contact the Closing Compliance Department directly at (757) 926-8861 for further information. If the Closing Compliance Department advises you that your business is approved to be based out of a residential home, then complete the BCI form, the Business Classification Information form. This form is found at http://www.nngov.com/commissioner-of-the-revenue/resources/corforms. Please mail or drop off this form along with at least a $30.00 check made out to the City of Newport News and a copy of a valid driver’s license or photo ID at the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue, 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia, 23607.
How do I find out if my location will be permitted?
Please contact the Codes Compliance Department at (757) 926-8861 to determine if a Certificate of Use and Occupancy will be required. All those conducting business within Newport News borders are mandated to contact the Codes Compliance Department within 30 days of submitting your business license application.
Once I am a business owner and I want to change locations, what are the steps?
No fee is required to solely change business locations. All that is required is to complete and submit the Business Change of Address form located at http://www.nngov.com/commissioner-of-the-revenue/resources/corforms.
What if I have additional questions?
A booklet entitled Starting a Business in the City of Newport News is published by the Department of Development and may be informative for those who desire to become a business owner in the city. This can be obtained directly through the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue, 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia, 23607. For those that are closer to the Denby area, an alternate satellite address is 12912 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23608. The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City of Newport News’ website is http://www.nngov.com/commissioner-of-the-revenue. The telephone number of the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue is (757) 926-8651.
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