Commissioner of the Revenue
Starting a Business
CHECK LIST FOR STARTING A NEW BUSINESS IN THE CITY OF BUENA VISTA
1. Check with the City Zoning Administrator to make sure that the location of the business is properly zoned. (540-261-8607)
2. Obtain any building permits from the City Building Inspector. This will include remodeling, signs, etc. (540-261-8635)
3. Visit the Clerk of the Circuit Court to register your trade name. The fee is $10 to register your name. (540-261-8627)
4. Applicants should take their receipt from the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Zoning Administrator to the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office. They will ask for:
A. Business name and applicant’s name
B. Business mailing address
C. Business location address
D. Business phone number
E. Federal identification number (forms for applying are available in our office) or your social security number
F. A realistic estimate of your gross receipts for the first year of business.
G. Photo identification.
License fee will be based on estimated gross receipts and the business classification rate. A minimum license in the City is $30.
SALES, MEALS & LODGING, WITHHOLDING, LITTER & TIRE TAXES
Applicant must register with the Virginia Department of Taxation for a Sales Tax Number. Forms may be downloaded at www.tax.virginia.gov
Applicant must register for the local meals and lodging tax with the City Finance Director. (540-261-8612)
PROFESSIONAL & OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE
Contractors, barbers, cosmetologists, real estate agents, auctioneers, etc. must be registered through the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Licenses. The web address is www.state.va.us/dpor or you may call (804-367-8500) for more information.
Any inquiries for public water and sewer refuse collection and curb and gutter need to be directed to the Utility Department at 540-261-1444.