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Bedford County requires no business license

Many business owners are surprised to learn that Bedford County does not require a business license. This is just another sign that Bedford County keeps things simple for business owners. If your bank or insurance company requests a copy of your business license, you may use this letter that explains the county’s “no business license” standard.

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Though a business license is not required, you must register your business with the Commissioner of Revenue. Please contact their office at 540-586-7621 to register and to receive additional information pertaining to local and state government guidelines for starting your business.

If you have a home-based business, you must complete an Application for Home Occupation Permit. For more information read the requirements from the Office of Community Development. 

Businesses located within the Town of Bedford boundaries, Business Licenses are required and are issued by the Town. An annual business permit of $30 is required and renewal of business licenses should be done by the end of January every year. For more information on licenses and fees within the Town limits, visit the Town’s website.