Business License

Business License (BPOL) Requirements

Business Licenses in Amelia County are required for anyone doing business in the county and grossing more than $2,500 of gross receipts.

Contractors

Contractors you must supply your state contractors license number per Virginia Code 54.1-1111. If you do not meet the requirements for a state license and still want a contractors license for Amelia then you will need to fill out a Contractor Affidavit (PDF).

We are required to obtain a Contractor's Certificate of Worker's Compensation Insurance Form from you. Starting in 2017 and forward you need to file that form electronically on the VA Workers' Compensation Commission website. Print this form when completed with the confirmation number at the bottom left hand side. We will need a copy of this confirmation page before we are permitted to issue a license.

Steps to Obtain BPOL

Step 1: In order to obtain a license with Amelia County the first step is to obtain a Zoning Certificate from The County Administrator's Office. This is just a formality and does not have a cost. You can walk into their office to fill it out or you may download the Zoning Certificate (PDF), then print and fax it directly to them at 804-561-6039.

If you fax it in, their office will deliver it to ours and we can begin the actual license process.

Step 2: If you are obtaining a license for the first time (and you are not using your name as the business name) you will need to obtain a "Fictitious Name" Certificate from the State Corporation Commission. There are options to fill out online or by mail. Please have this done before applying for a license. If you have questions, please call.

Step 3: Access our Business License Form (DOCX). Once this is filled out you may either come in to pay for the license OR you can fax 804-561-6472 OR email this form to us with your gross receipts and a phone number and we will let you know the amount that needs to be paid.

Step 4: Once you have the total cost you will send us a check and upon receipt of payment we will post the actual license for you and mail it out. You can also pay online by going to the County home page and selecting pay at the top, enter "Misc" under "Transaction description" and under "account number" enter your Business License Number, which is on your renewal form or you can get from us if this is a new license.

I would suggest double checking the amount to pay with us before paying, unless it is just a minimum license. There is a minimum of $1.99 fee for credit card charges, percentage above that depends on card type and amount.

If you choose to walk in the process takes about 10 to 15 minutes total as long as the County Planner or County Administrator is in to sign off on the Zoning Certificate.

Types of Licenses

The Board of Supervisors adopted new rates for the 2018 year. The information below is a change from the past years.

Based on the business you are performing we will place you in either one or several categories. The minimum for each category is $30. The break down of what amounts minimum license covers and the cost per hundred dollars is listed below

CategoryCovered Amount
Retail Sales$30,000 minimum and $0.10 per $100
Wholesale Sales and Direct Sellers$120,000 minimum and $0.025 per $100
Repairs, Personal Business, and other Services$16,667 minimum and $0.18 per $100
Financial, Real Estate and Professional$12,000 minimum and $0.25 per $100
Contractors$37,500 minimum and $0.08 per $100
Speedways, Carnivals, Events, Masseuses and Photographers$33,334 minimum and $0.09 per $100

Note

Contractors located within Amelia County. You may purchase a minimum license that covers you for $25,000 in Amelia County and all other counties as well. If you gross over $25,000 in Amelia we will base the license on the amount you do gross within the county but it will still allow you the $25,000 in other counties.

If you were to go over the $25,000 in another county you would need to check with them for requirements on licenses in their locality but only for the amount over the $25,000.