Clarksburg WV



Doing Business In or With the City of Clarksburg

Getting A Business License For Your Clarksburg Business

Before you can start making money, your business will need to be licensed through the State of West Virginia and the City of Clarksburg. The following section will guide you through the process of getting an occupancy permit, a state permit, and a city permit.

A. Certificate of Occupancy

Whether your place of business is a newly constructed building or an already existing building, and if your business is located in the City limits of Clarksburg, you need to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (Form Below) before you can apply for a business license. 

Obtain and complete the Certificate of Occupancy form and bring it to the Code Enforcement Department (Room 210). 

 Some Information you will need for the application includes:

  • Building Address
  • Proposed use of building
  • Present or past use of building
  • Amount of parking space
  • Number of rooms
  • Area of lot and building

If the business will be in your home that is located within the City limits of Clarksburg, you will also have to fill out a Home Occupancy Permit Form.(Form Below) 

Schedule inspections with the Code Enforcement Office by calling the Code Enforement Office @ 304-624-1633

  • Building Code Inspection, Code Enforcement.....Call 624-1633
  • Fire Code Inspection, Fire Department.....Call 624-1685

Before a certificate will be issued, these two inspections need to be passed.

When all inspections are approved the Code Enforcement Office will enter the information into the computer and notify the Finance office. The client/customer can then pay the $50 fee at the finance department's cashier's window on the first floor of City Hall.

Obtaining a West Virginia Business Franchise Certificate (Business License):

In West Virginia, all businesses must be licensed with the State. **Business owners must file a state application for a business license before applying for the City business license**.

Applications for the State Business Franchise Certificate can be obtained: 

  • Online @
  • Calling the State automated form ordering number...............(304)-558-3333
  • Calling the toll-free (within WV), operator assisted number .....1-800-982-8297
  • Stopping by or calling the Clarksburg State Tax office .........(304)-627-2165

Important! Retain a copy of the application for use with the City permit.