Business License

A business license is authorization stating you may operate your business in the Town of Dumfries. All businesses are required to obtain a business license from the Town before operating a business. Business licenses are administered through the Treasurer’s Office. It is unlawful to operate a business within the Town without a license. See “Business License (BPOL)” for more information.

A New Business License is Required When:

  • Starting a new business
  • Relocating an existing business
  • Expanding an existing business
  • A change in ownership occurs

General Facts about Business Licenses:

  • An inspection of your business premises will be required prior to obtaining a business license.
  • Your business license is valid from January 1st each year until December 31st of each year and must be renewed annually.
  • You are required to post your business license at your business—it must be visible at all times.
  • In addition to your primary business license, you may need additional business licenses based on the specific use of your business.
Due Date and Penalty

A Business License must be obtained prior to the beginning of any business within the Town.  Annual renewals are due no later than March 1st.  The tax (BPOL) shall be paid with the submittal of the Business License application. A penalty of 10% will be assessed for late applications and/or late payments.


Contact the Treasurer’s Office for an application for a business license or to see if there are any other uses that will require a business license at 703-221-3400, Please visit the Document Center to download the current application.