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Business License

Business License Renewals - Businesses that were issued a license for the preceding year will receive a renewal application in the mail in January. The license application and payment in full is due by March 1. If the application and payment deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline is the next business day.  

A license tax is imposed on businesses with gross receipts (purchases in the case of wholesale merchants) of $500,000 or more for license years beginning 2018 or after.

A 10% late payment penalty and interest of 10% per annum (computed daily) is assessed if the license tax due is not paid in full by the application and payment deadline.

 If you did not receive a license application by mail, the current year renewal form and instructions are available here:

New Businesses - Application and payment are due within 30 days of beginning business in the County. Only businesses with expected annual gross receipts (purchases in the case of wholesale merchants) of $500,000 or more, and building trade contractors, are required to file. However, any business located in the County may file and obtain a business license and is encouraged to do so since the process ensures that you are in compliance with most other County requirements. For businesses with expected annual gross receipts (purchases in the case of wholesale merchants) of less than $500,000, the license tax due is $0.00. 

The County's BPOL Ordinance requires the applicant to estimate for the first partial calendar year of operation. A true-up to the actual first year gross receipts occurs in the second year so it is important to estimate your gross receipts accurately.

A separate license is issued for each County business location, home based business, and for contractors doing work in Prince William County but not based in Prince William County. Please read carefully the Requirements to Be Issued a Business License before beginning the business license application.

Address validation by the GIS Office is required for all businesses operating in a commercial structure in Prince William County. Owners should contact the GIS Office at 703-792-6840 for information on how to complete this process.

Additional requirements for building trade contractors

Completed applications should be mailed to the Tax Administration Division at:

Prince William County
Tax Administration Division
PO Box 2467
Woodbridge, VA 22195-2467  

Applications sent Express, Overnight Package Delivery, or Signature Required: 

Prince William County
Tax Administration Division 1st FL
1 County Complex Court
Woodbridge, VA 22192-9201  

Business Located in a Town - Businesses located in the Town of Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, or Quantico and contractors doing construction or repair work on a property located in the Town of Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, or Quantico should contact the respective town offices for information concerning business license requirements.

Prior Year Business License Forms - The pre-printed renewal application identifies businesses that are missing one or more filing years. Once you have received your first business license, you are considered “in business” until you declare in writing that your business has ended. If you have missed a required filing for one or more prior years, use the links below to download the application for any missing years.

 2017 2016 | 2015  

More Information – For more information, refer to the BPOL Ordinance Chapter 11.1, Article II Business Professional and Occupational License or the Tax Rate Schedule.

Taxpayer Portal - Click here  to register for an online account or to login (if you already have an account).  To setup an account you will use the Tax Account number that is printed on your billing statement in the upper right corner. Business accounts can pay and renew a business license, enter required filings, and report account changes.

Taxpayer Assistance - Taxpayer Services Representatives are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding holidays) by phone at 703-792-6710 (TTY 703-792-6293). Assistance by email is available at TaxpayerServices@pwcgov.org.

 

 

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