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How do i obtain a business license

how do i obtain a business license

How To Obtain a Business License

To start a business in the City of Lynchburg, please follow these steps:

  • You must obtain a Letter of Approval from the Community Development Department. There is no charge for this document.

Contact Community Development 434-455-3900

  • You must obtain a Certificate of Occupancy from the Inspections Department. If you are operating the business out of your residence, you do not need the certificate. There is no charge for this document.

    Contact the Inspections Department

  • If you are using a trade name and are not registered as a corporation of any type, you must register the name with the Clerk of

    the Circuit Court. There is a $10 charge to register the name.

    Contact the Clerk's office


    You must complete a Business License Application and submit it to the Commissioner of the Revenue along with copies of the above documents. The completed application can be

     to The business license fee is based on gross receipts (gross purchases for wholesalers). You must estimate the gross receipts from the start of your business until the end of the current calendar year. Once you have been in business for a full calendar year, the license will be based on the previous year's gross receipts.
  • The following schedule is utilized to determine the amount of the business license tax:

    Category: Personal Finance

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