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Information on Business Licenses
A new business must obtain a business license from the commissioner of the revenue before conducting business in Hampton. Any prerequisites, such as zoning ordinances, court orders or health department certificates must be complied with before obtaining the business license. Certain businesses may also be exempt from the license tax. Exemptions are determined based on a factual investigation made by the commissioner of the revenue. Business license taxes are generally based on gross receipts. Tax rates vary depending on business category. For more information, contact:
Commissioner of the Revenue
Attn: Business License
P.O. Box 636
Hampton, VA 23669

Business License Application
Businesses must file an application and pay applicable license taxes and fees prior to their first day of business in the City of Hampton. Tax rates vary among business categories. And, depending on the business type, additional requirements may also need to be met before a business can begin. All licenses expire annually on December 31, and must be renewed by March 1 of the following year.