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.
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:
- Location address.
- Property owner/manager approval letter.
- 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||
|Home Baking or Preserving (For a complete list of products which may be prepared in a private home, please review the Virginia Food Law )||
||Per § 3.2 – 5130 of the Virginia Food Law
Department of Agriculture inspection report required for business license approval if:
|Ice Cream Truck||NOT APPLICABLE continuously moving vehicle is not restricted by zoning||