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Business License in VA

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by lawnjockey51, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. lawnjockey51

    lawnjockey51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    I am in the process of starting my business in Richmond, VA. Anyone from that area who can tell me the business license fees and process. I looked it up on the Henriceo County website, seems vague. Any other area information would be helpful as well. Thanks.

    WINGNUT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    You have to go to the Courthouse in the locality yourbusiness is based in and apply. If you have a Richmond mailing address, make sure you live in Richmond, Henrico, or Chesterfield. All three of these have Richmond mailing addresses but are actually 3 different jusrisdictions.
  3. lawnjockey51

    lawnjockey51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Thanks Wingnut, how about the fees, it sounds very steep to me (Henrico web site), something about 20 cents for every dollar of income ... that would be nuts. Would I need a license in each county that I did work in?

    Thanks for your help, lawnsite.com is a wonderful place, I haven't even got started back in business and I have learned so many new things here. Should be able to hit the grass running and not learn by the old "trial & error" method, been there, did that, didn't like it, gave the T-Shirt away.

    WINGNUT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Chesterfield is free if gross is less than 10k, then they charge a fee after that, also they want to know how much you make outside of Chesterfield so they can tax it. I can work anywhere, I just have to report to them if I work outside of the county.
  5. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Hi lawnjockey51,

    Here is some helpful information.



    The "Combined Registration Application Form" handles most of the required activities.

    Department of Taxation
    P.O. Box 1103
    Richmond, VA 23218-1103

    Start-Up Activity Department Contact
    To register a corporation or limited partnership: State Corporation Commission
    Office of the Clerk
    1300 East Main Street
    Tyler Building, First Floor
    Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 371-9733
    To register a general partnership or trade name contact your local jurisdiction: Clerk of the Circuit Court Alexandria
    (703) 838-4044
    (703) 228-4372
    (703) 246-4100
    (703) 777-0270
    For registration of business tax license: Commissioner of Revenue
    Business Tax Administration Alexandria
    (703) 838-4680
    (703) 228-3060
    (703) 222-8234
    Fairfax City
    (703) 385-7884
    Falls Church
    (703) 241-5065
    (703) 777-0260
    For professional business licenses (such as architects, certified public accountants, cosmetologists, interior designers, etc.): Department of Professional and Occupational Registration
    3600 West Broad Street
    Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 367-8500
    Certificate of Occupancy: Zoning Division
    Planning Department
    Building and Development Alexandria
    (703) 838-4688
    (703) 228-3883
    (703) 222-1082
    Fairfax City
    (703) 385-7820B
    Falls Church
    (703) 241-5065
    (703) 777-0220
    Worker's Compensation: Department of Worker's Compensation (804) 367-8600
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): OSHA Federal
    (804) 441-3820
    (804) 786-6613
    For More Information: Virginia Department of Business Assistance
    P.O. Box 446
    Richmond, VA 23218-0446 (804) 371-8200
  6. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Let them come to you. Don't apply for all that county crap/ etc it can only lead to more problems with zoning, etc.

    If/when they do find you, just stare at them stupid and say "I never heard of that." There are so many scofflaw outfits that if you are nice to them they will tell you the least burdensome way to be compliant.

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