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How to Apply for a New Business License

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Downtown Leesburg King Street 2




First Time Applying for a Business License?

  • Most businesses, including home-based businesses, operating in the Town of Leesburg are required to have a Business License.  Business Licenses are valid for one calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31) and must be renewed each year.
  • When receiving a new license, the business will pay the license tax for that year, based on the estimated gross receipts the business expects to receive through the end of the year.
  • When renewing the license for the first time, the business will reconcile the estimated gross receipts with the actual gross receipts for the previous year.  This reconciliation may result in additional taxes due or excess taxes paid.  If excess taxes were paid, the business can choose to receive a refund or apply the excess to the next year's taxes. 
  • All subsequent renewals will be based on the prior year’s gross receipts.

Please contact Hope Dennis (703-771-2723) with the Finance Department if you need assistance.

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Fictitious and Assumed Trade Names

If a business is being conducted under a name other than the owner’s legal name, the Commonwealth of Virginia requires that a fictitious or assumed trade name certificate be filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.     

Commercial Business License Application

All commercial business license applications--including in-Town contractors--must be approved by the Planning and Zoning Department. Please use the appropriate form depending on how the business is structured: LLC, partnership or corporation. The emergency contact and commercial forms are voluntary; the commercial information form is used by Economic Development for statistical purposes only. The Town of Leesburg has a 3.5% meals tax. Please contact Hope Dennis (703-771-2723) for information if the business sells food.

  1. Initial Application
  2. Commercial Location Information Sheet
  3. Business Tangible Personal Property Registration
  4. Business Emergency Contact Form
  5. Business Structure Form (partnership, corporation, LLC)

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Home-Based Business License Application

Home-based businesses--including in-Town contractors--are approved by Planning and Zoning and require a home occupation permit. The $30.00 fee is a one-time fee paid with each initial application for a business located at a residential address, or when moving to a new residential address.

  1. Initial Application   
  2. Business Tangible Personal Property Registration
  3. Home Occupation Permit Application and Regulations
  4. Business Structure Form (partnership, corporation, LLC)

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Out-of-Town and Out-of-State Contractors

Out-of-Town Contractor fees vary depending if the business is based in Virginia or out of state. A copy of the Virginia State Contractor license is required. Please keep a file copy of the Instructions for Contractor form for future renewals.

Massage Therapist Permits

Massage Therapists require additional information or documentation to be issued a Town of Leesburg business permit:

Please complete the permit application form and bring it, along with the necessary documents, to the Finance Counter on the first floor of Town Hall for processing.

For questions about applying for a Massage Therapist permit, please contact Hope Dennis in the Finance Department (703-771-2723).

Solicitor Permits

Peddlers, canvassers, and solicitors (door-to-door sales people), excluding charitable groups such as Scouts and school groups, are required to have a business permit from the Town.  These permit applications are not available for download on the website since they require additional information or documentation.

Solicitors must apply for permits in person at the Finance Counter on the 1st floor of Town Hall (25 West Market Street) during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

More information about solicitor permits.

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