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Requirements in Culpeper VA

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by moneymachine, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. moneymachine

    moneymachine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I was wondering what all would i need to get started in the lawn service business do I need a license if im just cutting grass? Would a peddlers license do ?
  2. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,943

    No contractor's license needed if you're just doing maintenance. Culpeper County doesn't have a business license, but if you do ANY work in the town you'll need a town business license. If you live in the town, it's probably a good idea to get the business license there anyhow.

    I'm right in town, so feel free to hit me up with any questions.
  3. moneymachine

    moneymachine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Thank you for the info. Now I got one more question how do i get the business license in culpeper ? and what type of business license is necessary ?
  4. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,943

    Either call the town clerk (www.culpeper.to) or stop by her office. Because I only do design, I believe I have a different category of license than you will, but I don't remember the distinctions. They'll give you a checklist of all the stops you have to make. If you're operating out of your house, you'll need to get a permit for that, go to zoning, go to the circuit court clerk to to the fictitious name registration thing, and finally back to the town clerk's office. It's a process, and you'll probably want to block out a full morning to get it all done. But start with the town clerk.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    He's right, I'm down in Chesterfield County and it's all the same...
    Any county or city you operate your business out of, you need a business license.
    Do what he said.

    Now here's the thing you will want to keep in mind for later:
    Jobs in excess of $1,000 will require of you a Class-C contractor's license.
    In other words you need to remember that, in 6 years I've never gone over a thousand.
    No, really, 99.999% of my jobs simply don't go over a grand.
    IF one ever does you might have to figure out what to do, but if you think you'll
    be going over a grand regularly then you need a class-c, enough said.

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