Starting a Business in Princeton

The City of Princeton requires several permits and licenses to be issued before opening a business within the City limits of Princeton. You can find many of these forms on the Business Form page for you to download, print, and complete.

 1.  A West Virginia business license is required by the State of West Virginia for all businesses operating in the State. WV business license applications are available at City Hall, by calling 1-800-982-8297, or online at The WV State Tax Department Regional Office in Beckley is also available to assist you. It is located at 407 Neville Street, Suite 109, Beckley, WV 25801 or by calling (304) 256-6764.
2. After receiving your State license, you must also apply for a City Business License. A City business license is required before you open your doors for business. City licenses are valid from July 1 through June 30. They must be renewed prior to July 1 every year. You must provide a copy of a current WV license before a City license will be issued.
3. Every business with a physical location inside the city limits must obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (click for more information) before a City of Princeton Business License will be granted.
4. All business conducted in the City is subject to the Princeton Business and Occupation Tax. The B&O tax is based upon gross sales/service. The tax is due and payable each quarter unless other payment arrangements are made in advance. Forms and additional information are available by calling the City Tax Department at (304) 487-5028.
5. Once your business is up and running, you may want to consider a ribbon cutting ceremony. This type of event offers a new business an introduction into the community and favorable, free publicity. For more information, contact the Princeton City Clerk at (304) 487-5024.

Phone Numbers You May Find Helpful

City of Princeton
City Clerk (304) 487-5024
Zoning Official (304) 487-5022
Building Inspector (304) 487-5037
Fire Inspector (304) 487-5026
Garbage Collection (304) 487-5021
License and Tax Department (304) 487-5028
Main Business Office (304) 487-5020
Business Development
Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce (304) 487-1502
Mercer County Development Authority (304) 487-8379
Mountaineer Gas (Natural Gas) (800) 834-2070
Appalachian Power (800) 982-4237
Suddenlink (Television Cable Service) (800) 972-5757
Frontier (Local Telephone Service) (800) 921-8102
Princeton Sanitary Board (Sanitary Sewer Service) (304) 425-3483
WV American Water Company (800) 685-8660