Business Licenses & Zoning Approval Forms

Steps to Obtain a Business License

If you are using a trade name and are not registered as a corporation of any type, you must register the name with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Questions? Visit the SCC's contact page.

Business Forms

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 or call 434-455-3880.

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.

Zoning Approval Forms

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

If you need a sign for your commercial location, fill out the sign permit application.