These licenses, permits and taxes are supplemental to the regulations for all Fairfax County businesses, as outlined on the preceding pages.
Business-Specific Licenses, Permits and Taxes
In addition to the requirements to establish a business (Step 2: Registration), obtaining a business license and professional certifications (Step 3: Licenses and Taxes), and obtaining a permit for the location of your business (Step 4: Location), there may be unique requirements for certain business types.
- Businesses which Offer Short-Term Daily Rentals
- Camps, Summer Camps and Camp Grounds
- Canvassers, Peddlers, Promotors and Solicitors
- Charitable Organizations
- Food Establishments
- Short-Term Lodgings (Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey, etc.)
New guides are continually added. If you don’t see your business type, feel free to contact BizEX to discuss your business model.
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.
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, and all food items prepared in a home must be registered annually with the Fairfax County Health Department using the Cottage Food Product Registration Form.
Restaurant Start Up Guide
This guide will help you open a restaurant in Fairfax County. It contains information about key steps needed to build a new restaurant or take over or move into an existing one restaurant space.