Business Licenses



Bryan D. Gibson
Business License Inspector
Physical Address:
311 Memorial Drive
Danville, VA 24541

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 480
Danville, VA  24543

Ph: (434) 799-5145
Fx: (434) 799-5148

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

If you are receiving monetary compensation for products sold or services rendered, you will need a Danville City Business License. 

The following criteria that apply to your business must be met before you apply for a City of Danville business license.

  • All businesses located in the city of Danville must have zoning approval for the business location from the Planning Division, located at 427 Patton Street, room 207 (434) 799-5260. 
  • All businesses (except for corporations that are registered with the State of Virginia) must register the business name with the City of Danville at the Clerk of Court's Office, located in the James F. Ingram Justice Center, 401 Patton Street, room 222B (434) 799-5168. 
  • All businesses dealing with food (restaurants, grocery & convenience stores) must have a health permit from the local Virginia State Health Department (434) 799-5190. Any business serving prepared food and beverages must sign up for Meals Tax at the Commissioner of the Revenue Office located at the Charles Harris Financial Building, 311 Memorial Drive (434)799-5145. 
  • All businesses dealing with alcoholic beverages must have an ABC permit from the ABC Board (800) 552-3200.  
  • All businesses selling retail must register with the Virginia Department of Taxation(804) 367-8037. 
  • All contracting businesses with individual job costs of $1,001 or more must also have a Virginia State Contractors License and be bonded for $5,000 (Class A State License does not need the $5,000 bond). A Virginia State Contractors License can be obtained from the


    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (804) 367-8511.
  • In addition all contracting businesses with three or more employees must  have worker's compensation insurance. Contractors with two employees or less do not have to have worker's compensation insurance but are required to fill out a rejection of coverage form. Contractors please click here for a PDF packet with more detailed information and forms. For any questions about worker's compensation please visit the website at