How to Apply for a New Business License

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Downtown Leesburg King Street 2




First Time Applying for a Business License?

  • Most businesses, including home-based businesses, operating in the Town of Leesburg are required to have a Business License.  Business Licenses are valid for one calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31) and must be renewed each year.
  • When receiving a new license, the business will pay the license tax for that year, based on the estimated gross receipts the business expects to receive through the end of the year.
  • When renewing the license for the first time, the business will reconcile the estimated gross receipts with the actual gross receipts for the previous year.  This reconciliation may result in additional taxes due or excess taxes paid.  If excess taxes were paid, the business can choose to receive a refund or apply the excess to the next year's taxes. 
  • All subsequent renewals will be based on the prior year’s gross receipts.

Please contact Hope Dennis (703-771-2701) with the Finance Department if you need assistance.

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Fictitious and Assumed Trade Names

If a business is being conducted under a name other than the owner’s legal name, the Commonwealth of Virginia requires that a fictitious or assumed trade name certificate be filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.     

Commercial Business License Application

All commercial business license applications--including in-Town contractors--must be approved by the Planning and Zoning Department. Please use the appropriate form depending on how the business is structured: LLC, partnership or corporation. The emergency contact and commercial forms are voluntary; the commercial information form is used by Economic Development for statistical purposes only. The Town of Leesburg has a 3.5% meals tax. Please contact Hope Dennis (703-771-2701) for information if the business sells food.

  1. Initial Application
  2. Commercial Location Information Sheet
  3. Business Tangible Personal Property Registration
  4. Business Emergency Contact Form
  5. Business Structure (partnership, corporation, LLC)

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Home-Based Business License Application

Home-based businesses--including in-Town contractors--are approved by Planning and Zoning and require a home occupation permit. The $30.00 fee is a one-time fee paid with each initial application for a business located at a residential address, or when moving to a new residential address.

  1. Initial Application   
  2. Business Tangible Personal Property Registration
  3. Home Occupation Form and Regulations
  4. Business structure (partnership, corporation, LLC)

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Out-of-Town and Out-of-State Contractors

Out-of-Town Contractor fees vary depending if the business is based in Virginia or out of state. A copy of the Virginia State Contractor license is required. Please keep a file copy of the Instructions for Contractor form for future renewals.

Contractor Application/Fees

Certificate of Workers Compensation Insurance

Business Tangible Personal Property Taxes

All businesses located within the Town of Leesburg will be registered with Loudoun County and are required to file a Business Tangible Personal Property registration form with the County.   Depending on the value of the business’ assets, the business may receive a tax bill from the Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County. 

Special Business Permits

Solicitors, Peddlers/Itinerant Vendors, Massage Therapists, and Precious Metals Dealers are required to have business permits from the Town.  The Massage Therapy permit is available here.  All other permit applications are not available for download on the website. All special business permits require additional information or documentation.

For inquiries about applying for these permits, please contact Hope Dennis in the Finance Department (703-771-2723).

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