Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Click on the link in the table below to learn more information:

Internal Revenue Service Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia Department of Taxation Local Contractor Licenses
Health Department Liquor License
Business Licenses and Taxes Personal Property
Name Registration Planning and Building Processes
Business-Related Signs Fire Code Regulations
Home-Based Businesses Other Taxes

Internal Revenue Service
2017 Cunningham Drive
Hampton, VA 23666
1-800-829-1040
www.irs.gov

Virginia Employment Commission
5235 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757)253-4738
www.vec.state.va.us

Virginia Department of Taxation
(804)347-8031 www.tax.virginia.gov

Local Contractor Licenses
The city of Williamsburg does require licensure for building contractors, residential contractors, and subcontractors (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, masonry, etc.) for making additions to existing structures, or those involved in remodeling, repair, or demolition of existing structures.

Contact:
Commissioner of Revenue
401 Lafayette Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757)220-6150
www.ci.williamsburg.va.us

Health Department
For Residents:
Peninsula Health District
416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606
(757)599-7300
For Businesses:
Williamsburg Health Department
1126 Professional Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185-3330
(757)253-4813
The types of businesses that must comply with health regulations in the City of Williamsburg are:
Restaurants, hotels, catering businesses, beauty salons, and massage parlors.

Liquor License
For the distribution of alcoholic beverages in the city of Williamsburg, businesses are required to get a liquor license.
Commissioner of Revenue
401 Lafayette Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757)220-6150
www.ci.williamsburg.va.us

Business Licenses and Taxes
Commissioner of Revenue
401 Lafayette Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757)220-6150
www.ci.williamsburg.va.us

For more information on registering your business with the state, visit:
Virginia State Corporation Commission

Personal Property
Commissioner of Revenue
401 Lafayette Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-6150

Other Taxes
There is also a Room & Meal Tax which can be paid to:
Finance Department
401 Lafayette Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Name Registration
To register assumed names, trade names and DBA’s go to:
Clerk of Circuit Court
5201 Monticello Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757)564-2242

Planning and Building Processes
Planning Department
(757)220-6130
The permits that can be obtained through the Planning Department are:
Building permits (including electrical, plumbing, and mechanical) and Zoning permits

A site plan needs to be filed and an appointment with a planner is recommended for new businesses. Call (757)220-6130 to make an appointment.
www.ci.williamsburg.va.us

A building permit is required in Williamsburg. If the electricity and gas have been turned off at a vacant business location, contact the utility company directly to find out how to have it restored. Only the business owner and/or contractor can apply for a permit. The information required to apply for the various permits may include:
address of property, contractor name and state & local contractor license information, plans for the structure, an approved site plan, a soil report, and application for Land Disturbance Permit and Right of Way Permit (when applicable). If a business wants to make an addition to an existing building or build a new building, they will be required to have:
address of property, contractor name and state & local contractor license information, owner information, an approved site plan, a geotechnical report, and application for Land Disturbance Permit and Right of Way Permit (when applicable).

Business-Related Signs
To find out what the requirements are for erecting a sign, approval must be obtained from the Architectural Review Board (ARB) and then a Sign Permit must be obtained. There are size constraints for signs as well. To obtain a sign permit, you would first have to get it approved by the ARB, then a plan would need to be submitted.

Fire Code Regulations
Williamsburg fire code is the Building Official Code Administration (BOCA) Statewide Fire Prevention Code. For fire code compliance issues in Williamsburg, contact James M. Murphy at (757)220-6226.

Home-Based Businesses
To find out what issues are involved in having a home-based business in Williamsburg, contact the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office at (757)220-6150. A business license is required. Signs are not allowed for home-based businesses. Office work is the only type of business that can be conducted in the home and home-based businesses can not hire people to work for them. The steps to starting a home-based business in Williamsburg are to first, fill out a Zoning form, then complete an Application for a Business License.