By Area of Need

The Lord Fairfax SBDC offers important information listed by area of need, which covers a variety of topics on which business owners frequently have questions.

Though small business owners often deal with all aspects of their business by themselves, it is wise to concentrate on one area of need at a time.  Lord Fairfax SBDC has resources available in the following areas to assist you:

Fictitious Name

If a business is operated under a fictitious, trade or assumed name, a fictitious, trade or assumed name form must be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court before a license can be issued according to the Code of Virginia, § 59.1-69. ($10.00 onetime charge)


All corporations conducting business in Virginia must register with the State Corporation Commission P. O. Box 1197 Richmond, VA 23209 (804) 371-9672. Forms and information available:

Virginia Registered Agent (804) 371-9733

Department of Health

Before the Commissioner of the Revenue can issue a food establishment license, the Health Department must be contacted to obtain a health permit. For information, please contact:

Warren County Health Department
134 Peyton Street
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Telephone: (540) 635-3159

Alcoholic Beverage License

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board exercises control over the importation manufacture, possession and sale of alcoholic beverages. For more information, please contact the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Special Agent: Stephen Jones, 460 Commerce Square, Staunton, VA  24401, 540-332-7800 phone, 540-332-7814 Fax

Certificate of Zoning

Prior to issuance of any license, a request for a Certificate of Zoning must be obtained. Application is to be made with the Zoning Administrator who will verify the proposed use with the zoning ordinance. If it is in compliance, the Zoning Administrator will issue a Certificate of Zoning for a $15.00 fee.

Sales/Use Tax, Corporation Income Tax, and Employees Income Tax Withholding

Virginia Department of Taxation at

Closing Your Business:



Forms Available Online

Certificate of Assumed or Ficticious Name