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Home Based Business Information

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Congratulations on taking your first step to open a Home Based Business in Leesburg!  There are many resources available to you as you start your business and this guide is designed to supplement those resources and provide you with information specific to Leesburg. 

As you establish your business, one of your first stops should be to visit with our Economic Development staff.  These professionals can offer you a wealth of knowledge in starting your business and in making the connections necessary to help it grow! Demographic information and market analysis, business resource network assistance and ombudsman services are just a sampling of the resources they can provide.  Click here for contact information.


Home Occupation Permit

The Town of Leesburg allows certain uses to be conducted as home based businesses or home occupations.  The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that home occupations are compatible with their surroundings, to preserve the character of residential neighborhoods and to prevent excessive noise, traffic, safety hazards and other impacts to the quality of life our residents enjoy.  

To assist you, please view the regulations that list the permitted and prohibited home occupations as well as the use limitations as outlined in Article 9 of the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance.  Prior to opening your business, you will need to obtain a Home Occupation Permit from our zoning staff.  This is usually done at the same time you obtain your business license.

Additional conditions and regulations apply to home based daycare or "Family Day Home" businesses.  Please see our Home Based Child Care page for more information.

If you have questions or concerns regarding permitted and prohibited uses, please contact our zoning staff at 703-771-7265.  


Business Taxes and Fees

Once you are ready to open your business, you will need to obtain a Business, Professional & Occupational License from the Leesburg Finance Department. 

Other taxes such as Business Tangible Personal Property Tax, Sales Tax, and Meals Tax may also be applicable depending on the type of business you own. For more information on our business license and other taxes, please visit the Business Taxes page.

Note: Please visit the Loudoun County Commissioner of Revenue page for additional business tax information.

 

Most FAQs about Home Based Businesses

 

  • Do I need a license or permit to operate a business in my home?

    Yes, you will need to obtain a Business License and a Home Occupation Permit prior to operating a business out of your home.  These can be done in the same visit to Town Hall. 
  • Are there limitations on the sale of items within my home?

    Section 9.4.3.E.2 of the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance states "No storage or display of goods shall be visible from outside the structure.  In addition, no direct sales of products off display shelves or racks is permitted, but orders made by telephone or at a sales party may be filled on the premises."
  • Are there limitations on the number of employees I can have working from my home?

    Section 9.4.3.E of the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance states, "Members of the family occupying such dwelling may be employed on the premises in connection with the home occupation.  One employee, other than members of the family occupying such dwelling, shall be permitted to work on-site given one additional off-street parking space is provided."
  • Are signs permitted to advertise my home based business?

    Section 9.4.3.E of the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance states "No signs accessory to such home occupation shall be displayed except as otherwise permitted or authorized by Town regulations."
  • Are there special regulations pertaining to operating a daycare in my home?

    Home based child care or "Family Day Homes" are subject to the requirements of Section 9.4.7 of the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance.  Please visit our Home-Based Child Care page for more information.
  • Do I need to renew my Home Occupation Permit?

    Once issued, a home occupation permit remains in place so long as you maintain the same residence, renew your business license annually and adhere to the provisions of the permit and Section 9.4.3 of the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance.

    For additional information, please contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-771-2765. 

Thank you for your decision to open your home based business in Leesburg.  We look forward to working with you and welcoming you to the Leesburg Business Community!

 

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