Starting a Business
A West Virginia Business Registration Certificate (License) is required by the State for all businesses operating in the state. Applications are available at City Hall for a WV State License, online at www.wv.gov or by calling 1-800-982-8297. The WV State Tax Department in Beckley is also available to assist you. They are located at 401 Neville St.
After receiving your WV Business License, you will need to apply for a City of Princeton Business License. This is required before you open. City Licenses are valid from July 1st to June 30th and must be renewed before July 1st each year.
Every business with a physical location in the city limits must obtain a Certificate of Occupancy before a City Business License will be issued. A Certificate of Occupancy will require two inspections. The first will be pre-construction and the second and final inspection will be done before the business opens. For more information on the Certificate of Occupancy, contact Code Enforcement Director Ty Smith at 304-487-5024 or Fire Chief Matt Mould at 304-487-5017.
All business conducted in the City is subject to Business and Occupation Tax. The B&O Tax is based upon gross sales/service. The tax is due and payable each quarter. Forms and additional information are available by calling the City Tax Auditor at 304-487-5027.
As on July 1st, 2017, all businesses that are required to collect the 6% West Virginia Sales Tax are also required to collect a 1% Municipal Sales and Service Tax. Please remit the total tax collected (7%) to the West Virginia State Tax Department. (City Code 786.02)
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, please contact the City Clerk at 304-487-5093.
Phone Numbers You May Need
City of Princeton
City Clerk 304-487-5093
Building Inspector 304-487-5024
Fire Inspector 304-487-5017
Garbage Collection 304-487-5021
License & Tax Auditor 304-487-5027
Main Business Office 304-487-5020
Zoning Official 304-487-5022
Appalachian Power 800-982-4237
Mountaineer Gas 800-834-2070
Princeton Sanitary 304-425-3483
WV American Water 800-685-8660
If you have any questions, please call the License and Tax Auditor at 304-487-5027 or email email@example.com.
City of Princeton License Application
Business and Occupation Tax Form
New Business Tax Incentive Application
Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax Form