New Business Checklist
FVMS - Fredericksburg New Business Checklist
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New Business Checklist

Fredericksburg City:

  1. Obtain zoning approval for your new business.
  2. Obtain an occupancy permit for your new business.
  3. Obtain appropriate licenses from Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, if necessary.
  4. Register your fictitious name with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
  5. Obtain a business license(contractor information) for your new business from the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue for the City of Fredericksburg. Please note that a separate license is required for each business, even if they are occupying offices along with another licensed business.
  6. Register for any special use, flat rate business tax, if applicable.
  7. Apply for Signage for building with ARB and for A frame sandwich board permit.
  8. Register for Meals, AdmissionsLodging and/or Short-Term Rental Tax Remittance, if applicable.
  9. If you intend to sell mixed beverages, wine or alcohol, obtain the necessary approval from the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.
  10. If you intend to sell tobacco, please contact the Northern Virginia Cigarette Tax Board at 703-802-0373 for information.
  11. If you intend to have outdoor seating, an outdoor seating permit is required.


  Fredericksburg Main Street

  1. Complete the Data Form.
  2. Sign up for Open Late Initiative.
  3. Register to accept the Downtown Gift Cards.
  4. Sign up for the City Alerts.
  5. Read the DPW Helpful Hints.
  6. Sign off on the Downtown Brand Usage form.  Contact FVMS for the guidelines.
  7. Completed and submitted the ribbon cutting request form.
  8. Sign up for the newsletter.