Licenses and Permits
Building and Construction
Permits are required for most construction and maintenance work of buildings and structures.
- Building & Construction Permits
- Noise Permits
- Other Permits
- Permit Center
- Permit Requirements
- Water Quality Regulation & Permitting
- Work in Public Right-of-Way Permits
- Land Use and Zoning
- Planning and Zoning
Taxes and Licenses
The City extends the privilege to engage in a commercial enterprise by issuing a business license. Persons without a business license may not lawfully engage in business. The license, which is often referred to as a permit or certificate of eligibility, must be renewed annually. Businesses, professionals, and occupations that meet all qualifications and legal requirements are eligible to obtain licenses upon application and payment of the license tax.
- Bank Franchise License Tax
- Business License Tax
- Business Outdoor Program & Permits
- Business Tax
- How Business Tax is Calculated
- Licensing & Tax Guide for Non-Profit Organizations
- New Business Guide
- Personal Property Tax
- Tax Forms
- Tax Services & Enforcement
- Taxes, Permits and Business in the City – FAQ
Family Child Care Permit
All family child care homes in the City of Alexandria that are not state licensed must register with the Department of Community & Human Services Early Childhood Division. To care for more than six children you must have an assistant, a state license (call 703.934.1505) and a Special Use Permit (call 703.746.4200 for information).
Food and Health
Food, including beverages must comply with food safety laws. Grocery stores or restaurants must have permit before they can operate.
Parks, Athletic Fields and Special Events
Athletic Fields and Outdoor Courts may be reserved, and appropriate fees will be charged.
One of the City's goals is to maintain law and order, protect persons and property, apprehend persons suspected of crime, direct and control traffic, investigate traffic accidents, and enforce all state and city criminal laws.
Vehicles and Parking
The City's parking enforcement officers regularly patrol to enforce regulations concerning the operation of vehicles as well as stopping, standing and parking on the City's streets. The Treasury Division is responsible for processing the payment of any citation issued by Parking Enforcement and for enforcing the collection of unpaid fines and penalties related to those citations.
Vital Records and Court Services
Information on where to obtain vital records such as birth certificates, death records and marriage records.