New businesses should begin at the Town of Amherst’s Town Hall. Home businesses are required to have a permit in the Town of Amherst. The Town requires a business license.

Planning and Development

174 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 280
Amherst, VA 24521

Building and Occupancy

Building and Occupancy Permits are obtained through the County of Amherst’s Department of Building Safety and Inspections. Instructions and permit applications can be found on-line. Go to:, click Departments, then Building and Safety Inspections.

Building and Safety Inspections

(434) 946-9302
153 Washington Street
Amherst, VA 24521


Register your business name at the Amherst County Circuit Court
The Circuit Court is located at:
113 Taylor Street, P. O. Box 462 Amherst, VA 24521
(434) 946-9321
 The Fee to register your business name is $10.
 Make sure that your name isn’t registered.
 You can obtain the form on-line here: 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 fictitious name. Banks may require a copy of the form for business accounts.
Apply for your Business License from the Town of Amherst Treasurer. The form for the Business License can be found on line at, click on Departments and then Forms, Files and Downloads. Gross receipts will be estimated for the first year in business. The Amherst Town Treasurer is located at:
174 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 280
Amherst, VA 24521
(434) 946-7885;