Step 2: Registration

Select a Structure

Every business needs a legal structure. Examples include: Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Company, Corporation, or Non-Profit. Please consult with business advisors to determine which structure is in your best interest and register your business as appropriate with the State Corporation Commission.

For any questions about any state requirements, visit Virginia’s Business One-Stop or call the Virginia Business Hotline at 804-786-6585.

Register Trade Name or Fictitious Name

If your business operates under a trade name or a fictitious name, that name must be registered with the State Corporation Commission

Get Your Professional Licenses

As part of the county's permitting process, you may be required to demonstrate that you have your required professional license. Some professions are also regulated by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR).

Business-Specific Licenses & Permits

Depending on your business type, there may be other Fairfax County permits, licenses or taxes required.


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