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Business License

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The Commissioner of the Revenue assesses Cumberland County business license fees on businesses conducted in Cumberland County. Most of the county license fees are levied on the basis of gross receipts. The license must be renewed by March 1 of each year. Application must be made with the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office within 30 days of the start of the business.

Effective July 1, 2014, every business located in Cumberland County will be required to obtain one of the following licenses:

  • Operating License: A license issued to a business with gross receipts totaling $10,000 or less. Although there is no fee associated with this license, all mandatory requirements listed below must be completed before issuance.
  • Business License: Every business with gross receipts greater than $10,000 is required to purchase a business license after completing the mandatory requirements listed below.

To apply for your license, please perform the following steps in the order in which they are presented.

  1. Cumberland County Code §18-33(c) requires every person applying for a business license to ensure that the location for the business be properly zoned for its intended use by such business. Call or visit the Planning Department (804-492-3520) to find out if your business location is properly zoned for your business activities, especially if you intend to conduct business from your home. A $10 fee may apply. Office hours are M - F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  2. Visit the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the Administration Building (804-492-4442) in person only if you will be operating a business under an assumed or fictitious trade name. A trade name that includes the sole proprietors’ last name does not need to be recorded.   A trade name using only an individual’s initials, or any other fictitious name which differs from the actual sole proprietor, partnership, LLC, or corporate name must be recorded with the Clerk’s Office. Virginia Code §59.1-74 requires that proof of recordation must be submitted to the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue before a business license may be issued. A fee of $10 must accompany the form at the time of recordation. Office hours are M - F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  3. CONTRACTORS ONLY: Register with the State Board for Contractors, located at 9960 Mayland Drive, Richmond (804-367-8511,, if you:
    • Accept individual contracts of $1,000 or more; or
    • Have total gross receipts in excess of $150,000 during a 12-month period
      • Virginia Code 54.1-1111(B) requires that contractors in either of these categories must provide their State Board of Contractors registration number before a license may be issued.
  4. CONTRACTORS ONLY: Complete a “Contractors Certification of Insuring Liability for Worker’s Compensation in Virginia” filing here. Virginia Code §58.1-3714B(1) prohibits a county from issuing or reissuing a business license to a contractor who has not obtained or is not maintaining worker’s compensation coverage for his employees, if such coverage is required. Questions regarding workers’ compensation coverage requirements should be directed to the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner at 1000 DMV Drive, Richmond (804-367-2071).
  5. Complete the New Business License Application and bring the documents listed below to the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue at One Courthouse Circle, Cumberland, VA 23040. Office hours are M - F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  

Application Checklist
The following list of paperwork is required prior to the issuance of a Cumberland County Business License.  Please be sure to bring all applicable items with you when applying:


  • Zoning Permit Application approved and filed with the Zoning Department.
  • Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name form filed with the Clerk’s Office (if applicable).
  • Payment (make checks payable to Treasurer, Cumberland County)
  • State issued picture I.D.


Need more information? Try these helpful sites:

Small Business Administration
Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Virginia State Corporation Commission
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation