Permits and License Contact Information

Effective January 1, 2020, all Certificates of Assumed or Fictitious Names are being handled by the State Corporation Commission (SCC). The Bedford County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will now only accept the Certificate of Release of Assumed or Fictitious Name if the original was previously recorded in the Clerk’s Office. The fee for this is $10.00 and payment is made by cash, check or money order.

Bedford County does not require a business license. However, depending on the type of business you are developing, you may be required to apply for other specialty licenses or permits through Bedford County or the Commonwealth of Virginia. Learn more here.

Please visit the SCC website for all forms.

Other Permits and License Contact Information

Air Pollution Control Hazardous Materials PermitsFacilities emitting gases or particles. Facilities with air emission units (Incinerators, dry cleaners, certain fuel burners, etc). Facilities using/operating with any hazardous material.Bedford County Department of Health Environmental Services | Phone (540) 586-7952 | Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality | (434) 582-5120 | Bedford County Fire & Rescue | (540) 587-0700
Alcoholic Beverage LicensesAll selling alcoholic beverages.Virginia ABC Board | (804) 213-4400
Building PermitsAnyone erecting or modifying building structures.Bedford County Building Inspections | (540) 586-7616
Tax Structure  – Personal Property, Real Estate, Sales Tax, Meals Tax, Business furniture, fixtures & Equipment, Machinery & Tools TaxAll businesses located or operating in Bedford County are required to contact the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office in filing the applicable tax documentsCommissioner of the Revenue’s Office | (540) 586-7621
Certificates of AuthorityCorporations doing business in VA but incorporated elsewhere.Virginia State Corporation Commission | (804) 371-9733
Contractor LicensesPracticing electrical, mechanical (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), plumbing and home improvement contractors.Virginia Dept. of Professional & Occupational Regulation |
(804) 367-8511
Electrical PermitsThose installing or replacing electrical equipment.Bedford County Building Inspections | (540) 586-7616
Employer ID NumberBusinesses required filing federal tax documents.US Internal Revenue Service | 800-829-1040 or 800-829-3676
Food Service PermitsAll food establishments.Bedford County Department of Health | (540) 586-7952 |US Dept. of Agriculture | (800) 233-3935
Home Occupation PermitBusinesses located in residential dwellings.Planning & Zoning Office |
(540) 586-7616
Mechanical PermitsThose installing or replacing mechanical equipment.Bedford County Building Inspections | (540) 586-7612
Plumbing PermitsThose installing or replacing plumbing equipment.Bedford County Building Inspections | (540) 586-7616
Occupancy PermitThose building new facilities for business use, changing the use of a building or changing the business of an existing commercial building.Planning & Zoning Office |
(540) 586-7616
State Occupation/Business LicenseOccupations and professions that require state licensure.Various state agencies | (804) 786-0000
Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Trade Name RegistrationBusiness operating under a trade or fictitious name.Virginia State Corporation Commission Clerk Information System
Trademark RegistrationAny person who owns/uses a trademark in Virginia.Virginia State Corporation Commission | (804) 371-9051