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    Business Licenses and Zoning Approval Forms

    Steps to Obtain a Business License 

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

    Questions? Visit the SCC's contact page

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    • Home Based The business is based out of your residence. Your residence must be within City limits.  Food Trucks This form is to be used if you operate the food truck within City limits regardless of your residence location.  Click here for the Home Based & Mobile Food business license form.
    • Contractor operating a home-based business.  Click here for the Contractor Operating a Home-Based Business license form.
    • Commercial Location The business will be based out of a commercial building.  Click here for the Commercial business license form. 
    • Local Contractor operating a commercial-based business.  Click here for the Local Contractor business license form.
    • Contractors (out-of-town) If your business is not based in Lynchburg click here.
    • Changing Location and I Already Have a Business License in Lynchburg If you already have a business license in Lynchburg, please fill out this form if you are changing locations.  Click here for commercial location.  Click here for home based.

    Questions? Call Community Development's Zoning Division  (434) 455-3900

    The Business License Application has been streamlined and is now part of the Letter of Zoning Approval Application. For more information on fees and taxes, please see the Commissioner of the Revenue page. You can also contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at cor.business@lynchburgva.gov or call (434) 455-3880.
      Effective January 1, 2017 the City of Lynchburg will no longer issue a Business License for any business with gross receipts/purchases of $10,000 or less.

    Zoning Approval Forms

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    • If you are a commercial use that requires a Certificate of Occupancy (but not a business license), fill out the Commercial Zoning Approval form.

    Questions? Call Community Development's Zoning Division  (434) 455-3900 

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    Questions? Call Community Development's Zoning Division (434) 455-3900