These licenses, permits and taxes are supplemental to the regulations for all Fairfax County businesses, as outlined on the preceding pages.
Please be sure that you have read the prior 4 steps to starting a business.
Business-Specific Licenses, Permits and Taxes
In addition to a BPOL license and Business Tangible Property taxes, certain businesses are subject to additional Fairfax County licenses or permits, as noted below:
Fortune Tellers (and similar occupations)
Short-Term Lodgings (Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey, etc.)
Contractors Start Up Guide
This guide provides information for prospective contractors in Fairfax County. Any project valued at $1,000 or more must be performed by a contractor licensed to work in Virginia. Journeyman and Masters (electricians, plumbers or mechanical contractors) can do work under $1,000 per contract without a state contractor’s license.
Restaurant Start Up Guide
Our guide will help you open a restaurant in Fairfax County. It contains information about key steps needed to build a new commercial space or take over or renovate an existing one.
Home-Based Food Production
Home-based food production is a specific type of home-based business that has its own application. Home-based businesses also require a Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL).
Home-based food production businesses require both approval by the Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services and a Home-based Business Permit from the Department of Planning & Development.
Only certain types of foods may be produced in a home.