Business License

How to Get a Business License in Parkersburg

The City of Parkersburg would like to take this opportunity to welcome you! We believe that your business is important to our city and would like to make your first experience with us a positive one. Use the steps outlined below to get your business started. We have also provided some resources that we hope will be of value to you as you begin your new endeavor.

Step 1:  Contact the State of WV and register your business. This can be done on their website:, or by calling their office toll free at (866) 767-8683 or (304) 558-8000. Once your Certificate of Registration is received from the State, move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Register with the City of Parkersburg by completing the City of Parkersburg Business License Application. There are two options:

Register Online
To apply for a business license online, head over to our online bill pay portal. You'll need to register for an account. Once you are logged in to your account, use the link for Business License to complete your application. 
Download an application and register in person
Click the following link to access the  New Business License Application. A copy of your State Certificate of Registration will need to accompany your Business License Application. Contact Heidi Jones at (304) 424-8581 or via email: for instructions on submitting your paperwork.

Step 3: Once you have submitted your City of Parkersburg Business License Application along with your State Certificate of Registration, you will receive a call from our Zoning/Code Department. They will confirm the zoning of your business location, schedule any inspections that may be required, and discuss any applicable fees. If you have not heard from that department within 2-3 business days of submitting your paperwork, please contact Andy Nestor at (304) 424-8594.

Step 4: After all applicable inspections have been completed, Heidi will contact you via your preferred method to discuss fees and payment. Once all payments are made, you will receive your City of Parkersburg Business License and Certificate of Occupancy.

Congratulations! We are happy you have chosen Parkersburg as your business home.

Source: City of Parkersburg Ordinance 701