City of Petersburg Business License


A new business must obtain a business license from the Commissioner of the Revenue before conducting business in Petersburg. Any prerequisites, such as zoning ordinances, city permits, court orders or health department certificates, state certificates or licenses, must be complied with before obtaining the business license. Business license taxes are based on gross receipts. Tax rates vary depending on business category.

Businesses must file an application and pay applicable license taxes and fees prior to their first day of business. There are specific business license requirements depending upon the business type. All licenses expire December 31st of each year and must be renewed by March 1st of the following year.

Information you may be asked to provide to obtain your license:

Obtain and complete a Business License Action Form for a business to operate from a business location and home based businesses require a Home Occupation Permit from the Planning and Zoning Department. All trade name registrations must be filed with the State Corporation Commission.

-Building Inspection or Fire Inspection
-Health Permit
-Corporation or LLC status can be obtained from the State Corporation Commission of Virginia
-Contact IRS to register for an EIN
-Daycares, Adult Homes and Group Homes provide License from State Department of Social Services
-Medical Professionals provide State Medical License
-Attorneys provide State Bar License
-Real Estate Broker provide State Realtors Card
-Contractor provide copy of State Class A, B, or C License
-Beautician or Barber provide Copy of State License
-Salon Owners provide copy of State License
-Car Dealership provide DMV Certificate
-Sale of Alcoholic Beverages provide copy of State ABC License

Thank you for choosing Petersburg for your business location!