Fairfax County BPOL Application Deadline March 1


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

Feb. 4, 2004

Fairfax County BPOL Application Deadline March 1

All people, firms or corporations conducting business in Fairfax County must file an application for a Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) and pay the tax no later than March 1 of each tax year. Applications received (or postmarked) by Monday, March 1, will be considered on time.

Businesses located or operating in Fairfax County and whose gross receipts exceed $10,000 in a calendar year must obtain a BPOL license. BPOL tax is based on a business's gross receipts for the previous calendar year (or an estimate of gross receipts if the business has been operating for less than two years).

For existing businesses, renewal applications must be filed by March 1, and the tax must be paid at the time of filing. Failure to file or pay by that date will result in penalties. Businesses beginning operation in Fairfax County must file a business license application within 75 days of the date business commenced. Failure to file within the prescribed time frame will result in additional penalties. New businesses will be billed for any amount due.

Applications for new businesses may be obtained on the Department of Tax Administration’s page on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta or by phone at 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594. Applications are also available at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Renewal applications for businesses that filed for a BPOL last year have been sent. Requests for duplicate applications may be made via e-mail to dtappd@fairfaxcounty.gov or by calling 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In addition to the requirement to obtain a Fairfax County business license, the County Zoning Ordinance requires all businesses, including those conducted from a home, to file for and receive approval from the zoning administrator. The zoning ordinance restricts certain business activities that may be conducted from a home and specifies limitations with which all businesses must comply.

For more information on business license taxes, call 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta. For more information on zoning ordinance regulations, call the Zoning Administration Division of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-222-1082, TTY 711 (Virginia Relay Center) or visit them online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/planning/.

FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.

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