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What Is Needed Before a Business License Is Issued in Alleghany County

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Business License Application

If you conduct, transact and advertise your business under an assumed name (any name other than your own full legal name) you must file a certificate of assumed name in the Clerk’s Office of the State Corporation Commission (SCC).  The SCC currently charges a $10.00 filing fee.  This can be done by mail or online at  We must have proof of this before a business license can be issued.  Corporations and LLC’s must provide our office with articles of incorporation or registration certificates.

Every person applying for a business license shall obtain a letter of Zoning Approval from the Zoning Administrator or County Planner stating that the business location is properly zoned for its intended use by such business. Application for zoning approval can be made at the Alleghany Public Works Department located in the Governmental Complex at 9212 Winterberry Avenue at the Low Moor exit (Exit 21). Public Works currently charges a $10.00 fee for this service.

Pursuant to VA Code 58.1-3714, Alleghany County shall require every contractor to provide written certification of insuring liability for Worker’s Compensation in Virginia at the time any application for issuance or re-issuance of business license that such contractor is in compliance with VA Code 58.1-3714.

Pursuant to VA code 54.1-111.B., Alleghany County shall also require every contractor to furnish proof of a VA state contractor’s license.

Before a license can be issued, the owner must make an estimation of gross receipts anticipated to be made through December 31. The license tax is assessed on the estimation of gross receipts (not net after expenses have been deducted) reported plus a fee for the issuance of such license in the amount of $15.00.

The fee schedule is as follows:

Description Rate Application Fee
Contractors .08 per $100 $15.00
Retail/Direct Sales .10 per $100 $15.00
Financial/Professional .29 per $100 $15.00
Repair, Personal & Business Service .18 per $100 $15.00
Wholesale (Rated based on purchases
rather than gross receipts)
.05 per $100 $15.00
Peddlers & Itinerant Merchants $10 Per Day, Not to Exceed $500 Per Year $15.00
Palmistry, Fortune Tellers, & Coliseums $500 Flat Fee $15.00
Out of State Photographers $15.00 Flat Fee $15.00
Carnivals, Circuses, Speedways $150 Each Performance $15.00
Savings Institutions and Credit Unions $50.00 Flat Fee $15.00


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