Business License Information

Obtaining a Business License

Steps required for obtaining a City of Danville business license:

  • Obtain a zoning clearance from the Planning Division located in City Hall, Room 207. There is a $11 fee to issue a zoning clearance. For questions pertaining to a zoning clearance, contact the Planning Division at 434-799-5260 or view the attached document (PDF) for more information.
  • Email the attached document (PDF) for Business Clearances to
  • Register the name of your business with the Virginia State Corporation Commission at or by phone at 1-866-722-2551
  • Apply for a City Business License at the Office of the Commissioner of Revenue, 2nd floor of the Harris Financial Building, 311 Memorial Drive.
    • Phone: 434-799-5145

Other Requirements

When opening a restaurant, contact:

  • Local State Health Department Inspectors at 434-799-5190
  • If you plan to sell alcoholic beverages, contact the ABC Board at 800-552-3200

When opening a day care center for children (five or more) contact:

  • The State Social Service Office in Roanoke, VA at 540-857-7946

When opening an adult home (four or more) contact:

  • The State Social Service Office in Roanoke, VA at 540-857-7868

Owners of barbershops and beauty salons must have a Shop or Salon License, which can be obtained from the Department of Cosmetology by calling 804-367-8509. All stylists must have their State License with them when applying for their City Business License.

For an overview of Zoning Fundamentals and more information click here: Danville Entrepreneurship and Zoning.