I want to be a business owner in Virginia Beach. What information should I know?
All potential applicants are interviewed by Revenue Agents and Investigators of the Commissioner of the Revenue prior to receiving a business license. The application is available on the website http://www.vbgov.com but it cannot be submitted online. The application must be completed, then turned in to the Commissioner of the Revenue, Business License Division, located at 2401 Courthouse Drive, Municipal Center, Building 1, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. The phone number for the office is (757) 385-4515. You may also contact the Commissioner of the Revenue through email at email@example.com.
You may submit the application in person or by mail. The majority of those who desire to have an entrepreneurial venture must apply for a business license. There are only a select few exceptions. Some disabled persons as well as some manufacturing, farm and non-profit entities are not required to apply. Organizations that will host an event that is less than 72 hours in duration do not have as many charges as a permanent business, but still must register. On December 31st of each year, business licenses expire and must be renewed no later than March 1st of the following year. Licenses are renewed by submitting the annual gross receipts and by paying the appropriate tax based on what was earned.
Have the information that you will need before you attempt to complete the application. Information that you will need may include: address of business location, trade name of business, Federal ID Number (IRS-issued, call 800-829-4933), business start date, Zoning Certificate (Zoning Division of the Department of Planning, call 757-385-8074), business entity type, financial data, contractor information (if you are a contractor), assumed name registration, required permits, and signature.
What is an assumed name?
It is the name a business adopts to identify itself to the City of Virginia Beach. There is a $10.00 fee that is due with the business license application. This must paid with a check made payable to the City of Virginia Beach. It is important to note that each assumed name constitutes a separate business and thus a separate business license.
What should I know about home-based businesses?
It is crucial to know that home-based businesses are required to complete an application found at http://www.vbgov.com, complete the Restrictions for Home Use form, and provide proof of residency. You can find this form at http://www.vbgov.com. Located on the left-hand side of the screen you will see “Documents and Forms.”
How do I find out if my business location is sanctioned?
As all business license applicants must first be approved by the Zoning Division of the Department of Planning, it is important that you contact them to ensure your business location is within the zoned areas. Call 757-385-8074 to learn more.
You are more than welcome to contact the Commissioner of the Revenue, Business License, located at 2401 Courthouse Drive, Municipal Center, Building 1, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. The phone number for the office is (757) 385-4515. You may also contact the Commissioner of the Revenue through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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