When does my license expire?
The business license expires on December 31 of each year but
you have until March 1 to renew your license without penalty or interest.
What if I close my business without notifying the Commissioner's office? Will the Commissioner's office know I am closed if I simply do not renew my business license?
You will be considered delinquent and statutory assessments
will be assessed to your account if you close your business without sending the
proper notification. Closing businesses should notify the business license
office in writing, including the date of closure and contact information in
case questions arise. An "Out of Business" form is also located on
the Document Library for your convenience.
Where do I pay for my business license?
You may mail a check to the Commissioner's office. You may also visit the office to pay in person by cash, credit card, debit card, or check.
Do nonprofit businesses need a business license?
All businesses including nonprofits must register with the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office. Some nonprofits are not required to obtain a business license but may be subject to other city taxes.
What is the Business License Incentive Program?
The city council passed an incentive program for new businesses that started business after December 31, 2011. The incentive program applies to new businesses with anticipated gross receipts in excess of $100,000.00. The Business License Incentive Program applies to the first two license years only. If you qualify under the code requirements you will receive a reduction of the business license tax owed for the first two license years. For additional information please read the code and complete the Business License Incentive Program Form.
What are the additional requirements for an architect or engineer to obtain a business license?
Effective July 1, 2011, the Code of Virginia Section 54.1-410.1 requires all architects and engineers to provide proof of their state professional license or a written statement, supported by an affidavit that you are not subject to licensure as an architect or engineer pursuant to this chapter. This new provision means that the Commissioner of the Revenue cannot issue or renew a business license to anyone who fails to provide the requested information.