Opening / Operating a Business - Tax & Licensing

Please read this important information before submitting your business license: New Business License Procedures (PDF)

Failure to read the information could result in a delay in processing your application.


The following documents are required to complete the Chesapeake business license application process successfully:

Required for Contractors Only

Required for Solar Energy Projects

Required for Sale of Prepared Food, Lodging, Admissions, Excavations, and Qualified Short-Term Rentals Only

Tax & License Requirements That May Apply to a Business Located in the City of Chesapeake