Business Licenses

The Commissioner of the Revenue assesses Roanoke County Business Professional and Occupational License taxes on businesses operating in Roanoke County. The term businesses includes organizations, individuals as well as building contractors performing work in the County. The majority of the license taxes are levied on the basis of gross receipts. Annual licenses are valid for each calendar year and must be renewed by March 1st of each year.

New businesses must obtain a license within 30 days after the commencement of operations. Solicitors, Itinerant Merchants, and Peddlers must also obtain a license immediately and prominently display it. Finally, any delinquent taxes must be paid before a license can be issued.

The Business License Zoning Compliance Checklist must be completed as part of this Business License Application prior to approval. Please contact the Office of Planning and Zoning at 540-772-2068 if you have questions regarding their regulations.

Fictitious Name

If you plan to use a Fictitious Name, Trade Name or "doing business as... (D/B/A)" name for your business, you must register this name with the Clerk of Circuit Court also prior to making an application for Business License.

Required Forms/Information

Choose the following links to obtain the necessary information and forms to complete prior to coming to our office.


Payment for the Business License can only be made by check or cash. Online payments are not available. Checks should be made payable to "Roanoke County Treasurer."

See the Tax Rates and Fee Schedule (PDF) for rates and license amounts.

Additional Information

For more information, call 540-772-2050, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.or email Melissa LaPrad, Business Ordinance Inspector.