Business License Applications

February Business License Renewal 2021 (jpg)

Application Process


Business license applicants must apply in person. Allow at least one hour to complete the application process. New Businesses must obtain a zoning permit from the Portsmouth Department of Permits and Inspections before visiting our office.

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the City Hall building being closed to the public, we will accept business license applications and renewals via mail, email, and drop box (located outside the City Hall building).

 Please contact our office for further details. revenue@portsmouthva.gov or 393-8771


Documents to Bring


To help streamline your application process, be sure to bring these important documents with you:
  • Identification (picture ID - all parties)
  • Corporate Charter (if applicable)
  • Partnership Agreement (if applicable)
  • Estimate of Gross Receipts through December 31st
  • Required Permits / Licenses (if applicable)
  • Required receipts, certificates, and forms from the applicable agencies
  • Fee required