How to Obtain a Business License

To start a business in the City of Lynchburg, please follow these steps:

  • If you are using a trade name and are not registered as a corporation of any type, you must register the name with the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission.
  • The Business License Application has been streamlined and is now part of the Letter of Zoning Approval Application. The business license fee is based on gross receipts (gross purchases for wholesalers). You must estimate the gross receipts from the start of your business until the end of the current calendar year. Once you have been in business for a full calendar year, the license will be based on the previous year's gross receipts. New businesses, please visit the Business Licenses and Zoning Approval Forms page.

Effective January 1, 2023 the City of Lynchburg will no longer issue a Business License for any business with gross receipts/purchases of $150,000 or less.

If gross receipts/purchases are greater than $150,000 the following schedule is utilized:

  • Retail merchant - 19 cents per $100 of gross receipts
  • Contractor - 15 cents per $100 of gross receipts
  • Business/personal service - 34 cents per $100 of gross receipts
  • Professional service - 55 cents per $100 of gross receipts
  • Wholesale merchant - $20 plus 26 cents per $100 of gross purchases

For further information regarding Business License Tax, call 434-455-3880.