The City of Wheeling, West Virginia


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New Business Requirements

If you are planning to open a business in Wheeling, the business needs to be licensed through the State of West Virginia and the City of Wheeling. The following information outlines the process of securing the proper licenses and inspections:

State of West Virginia

In West Virginia, all businesses must be licensed with the State. Applications for the State Business Franchise Certificate can be obtained by contacting one of the following numbers:

  • State Automated Form Ordering (304) 558-3333
  • Toll-Free (Within WV) 1-800-982-8297

City of Wheeling – Check List

It is our intent to make the process as easy as possible for business owners. Here are the steps:

  1. Complete a preliminary questionnaire and business license assessment sheet. These documents can be obtained by clicking here or by contacting the Finance Office. We are happy to assist you in preparing your new business for operation.
  2. Complete the Inspection Checklist. 
  3. Obtain Zoning Approval.
  4. Contact Building Inspector, Health Inspector, and Fire Inspector.
  5. Final Walk Through.
  6. A deposit on the Business & Occupation Tax is required with the payment of the license fee. The deposit is deductible upon filing your first annual return.
  7. Complete a business license application and return it to the Finance Department.

    *If your business will sell or serve alcohol, the Chief of Police is required to approve your application.*

From the region’s largest trail system, to national schools of excellence, to a reorganized municipal government, the City of Wheeling offers a dynamic environment for you, your family and your business. There are many features that are unique to this area and we are proud of them! Our businesses enjoy the business climate as well with our advanced, motivated work force. The work force also enjoys being active in our various professional organizations. The area boasts year-round entertainment, leisure, sports, music, festivals, dining, shopping, and much more.

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