The Permit Center reviews and approves the zoning for business license applications. Additional factors such as off-street parking and proximity to other land uses may also affect the approval of a business license. Once a business license is approved by Permit Center staff, it is issued by the Department of Finance.

 

Home Occupations

The final page of the business license application contains a questionnaire that is specific to home-based businesses. Often, the licensee does not properly complete this section. When completing the questionnaire, please keep in mind that this section relates to the work done in the home office, not at the client’s location. If there are any questions regarding how to complete the business license application, please contact the Permit Center staff at (804) 501-7280.

 

Mobile Food Vendors

Mobile food vendors may be permitted as temporary outdoor sales stands.

Outdoor sales stands may be located in the B-3 business district or the M-1, M -2, M -3 industrial districts. Every location at which the licensee would like to set up needs to be individually approved by the Permit Center. The following information will be required for approval:

  1. Location address.
  2. Property owner/manager approval letter.
  3. Site plan showing location of sales stand / mobile unit including parking areas.

The property must have an additional five (5) parking spaces (off-street) above those required for the primary business. The location must also be 200’ from any residentially zoned property. If you have any further questions regarding this type of business, please contact the Permit Center staff at (804) 501-7280

 

Various Food-Related Businesses

TYPE OF BUSINESS
WHERE CAN THIS
BUSINESS BE PERMITTED
REQUIREMENTS/ CONDITIONS TO BE MET IN ORDER TO OBTAIN ZONING APPROVAL
Temporary Outdoor Sales Stand / Food Truck or Trailer
  • B-3 Business District
  • Industrial Districts
  • Property Owner Letter of Approval.
  • Site plan showing location in relation to buildings, property lines, parking areas, etc.
  • See Mobile Food Vendors section above for location requirements.
Home Baking or Preserving (For a complete list of products which may be prepared in a private home, please review the Virginia Food Law )
  • Residential Districts
  • Agricultural Districts
Per § 3.2 – 5130 of the Virginia Food Law
Department of Agriculture inspection report required for business license approval if:

  • Product to be sold for resale; product to be offered for consumption in retail food establishments; offered for sale over the internet or interstate commerce.


No Department of Agriculture inspection required if:

  • Product sold to an individual for his or her own consumption and not for resale; sold at the private home or at farmers markets.
  • Food product affixed with label displaying the name,
    physical address, and telephone number of person
    preparing the product, date product was processed, and the
    statement “NOT FOR RESALE – PROCESSED AND PREPARED WITHOUT STATE INSPECTION.”
Catering
  • UMU – Urban Mixed Use
  • B – 2 & B – 3 Business Districts
  • Health Dept Inspection and Approval.
Personal Chef
  • Residential Districts
  • Agricultural Districts
  • All food provided by customer and prepared at customer location utilizing customer’s kitchen and equipment.
Ice Cream Truck NOT APPLICABLE continuously moving vehicle is not restricted by zoning
  • Peddlers’ license for the sale of prepackaged, store-bought goods only. No food preparation or serving. Sell only food or beverages that are sealed in packaging by the manufacturer and have been officially inspected in the manufacturing process.