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Establishing a Business

Depending on your business, steps to getting started may vary. Please contact the Community and Economic Development Director by calling 304.327.2401 ext. 2405 or by email for any questions you may have.

Businesses operating in the City of Bluefield are subject to tax obligations, permit and license requirements, as well as zoning and other requirements at the city level. Other county, state and federal obligations may be required, depending on the type of business. Knowing these obligations and requirements beforehand will help ensure that your business complies with all requirements. A resources available to ask questions is the West Virginia Small Business Development Center's "Business Ask Me! Line," available by calling 888.982.7232 or by emailing askme@wv.gov.

Licensing your business

Step One

Register your business with the State of West Virginia. Visit www.business4wv.com and create a user account. Once you are logged into your account, click on the "Filing Cabinet" tab on the left side of the screen. Then under the drop down menu "Filing Option" select "Register a New Business." You can enter all the information about your company and pay the registration fees and employer deposits online. However, you must print the filing report, sign it, and fax it to 304.558.8089 to meet the signature requirements of the law. You can use the website to file annual reports and more. Take time to explore the website and all of its offerings. If you would like to complete a paper copy application, please contact the Secretary of State's Office by calling 304.558.8000 for more information.

Step Two

Register your business with the City of Bluefield. You will need to complete an application for a City of Bluefield, West Virginia business license. Turn in a completed form with a copy of your state registration to the City Clerk. General Business Licenses are valid for one year, must be annually renewed, and cost $15. Depending on the type of business you intend to operate, other licenses and fees may apply. The city clerk will be happy to assist you in determining if those additional licenses and fees apply to your business.

Download a Business License Application form here.

Step Three

Meet with the City of Bluefield Treasury Department to establish the following tax and fee schedules.

Business and Occupation Tax (B&O)
All persons engaging in business activities within the city limits, unless specifically exempted by city code, are required to file a quarterly Business and Occupation (B&O) tax return. B&O tax is measured by the application of rates against values of products, gross proceeds of sale, or gross income of the business. Tax rates vary as certain occupations and business activities are classified. The business activity usually determines the tax classification, and where different business activities take place, the taxpayer is liable for tax under each taxable classification involved. If you are uncertain as to your business activity, or how your business should properly calculate the tax, please contact the City of Bluefield Treasury Department. They will be happy to assist you. City fees are as follows and will be charged quarterly to your business:

Fire Protection Fee
Fire service fees, charged quarterly to all property owners, are based on total square footage of the structure.

Street Fee
A quarterly fee of $25 is charged to all businesses licensed to do business in the City of Bluefield, either owning or leasing property. This fee is used for street repair and improvements per Section 34-115 of the Code of Ordinances.

Commercial Garbage
Commercial Garbage rates are $45/month for sidewalk pickup and dumpster rates vary based on size of dumpster and number of pickups per month. A schedule can be set with the street department after payment by calling 304.327.2401 x 2490.

Once these items are taken care of you are licensed to do business in the City of Bluefield.  We welcome your business!