Always dreamed of opening your own shop?

Let us help you make it a reality.

Step 1
Business Location
Step 2
Register your Business Name
Step 3
Investigate Business Licenses

Step 1:

Location, location, location!

Once you have found a location, check with Amherst County Community Development to see how it is zoned. 

If you are renting commercial space, the Community Development office must have a copy of the lease.

Community Development can help you determine what types of permits you will need for your business, and can also identify any zoning issues that may apply to your business. Community Development (434) 946-9303, 153 Washington Street, Amherst, VA 24521.

Step 2:

Register your Business Name

Register your business name at the Amherst County Circuit Court, (434) 946-9321, 113 Taylor Street, P. O. Box 462, Amherst, VA 24521

The fee to register your business name is $10. Make sure that your name isn’t already registered. You can obtain the form online; however, if you sign the form outside the presence of the Deputy Clerk of Court, the form must be notarized. The form and fee can be mailed to the Circuit Court Clerk. Get a copy of the assumed name: banks may require a copy of the form for business accounts.

Step 3:

Business Financing

Town of Amherst – Is your business going to be located in the Town of Amherst? 

All businesses — including home-based businesses—are required to have a license in the Town of Amherst. The form for the business license can be found online at Gross receipts will be estimated for the first year in business. The Town Treasurer is located at 174 S. Main Street, (434) 946-7885,

Amherst County – Amherst County requires a business license, except for retail and wholesale businesses. Therefore, if you are starting a retail operation in the County, you will not need a license.