DON’T GET DISCOURAGED BECAUSE OF ALL THE STEPS IN OBTAINING A BUSINESS LICENCE IN THE BVI AND USVI. NAUTICAL TRIPS AND CONSULTING WILL HELP YOU THROUGH ALL THE STEPS. ASK FOR DETAILS.
USVI STEPS FOR OBTAINING A BUSINESS LICENSE.
In addition to a completed Application for U.S. Virgin Islands Business License, the following items will need to be on file at the DLCA’s Licensing Division before a business license may be issued:
- Certificate of Trade Name/ Partnership and Corporation Registration
Lt. Governor’s Office
- Telephone: STT (340) 776-8515 / STX (340) 773-6449
- Tax Clearance Letter
Bureau of Internal Revenue
- Telephone: STT (340) 774-5865 / STX (340) 773-1040
All applicants for license renewal must submit a tax clearance letter showing good standing with the Bureau of Internal Revenue. This review will be conducted on applicant’s behalf by the DLCA Division of Licensing upon submission of application for new business license.
- Police Records Check
- Telephone: STT (340) 774-2211 / STX (340) 778-2211
All applicants must submit to a Background Check from the Police Department. This review will be conducted on applicant’s behalf by the DLCA Division of Licensing upon submission of application for new business license or change of principal(s).
- Zoning Approval
Department of Planning and Natural Resources
- Telephone: STT (340) 774-3320 / STX (340) 773-3450
All businesses must submit to a review by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources for zoning compliance. This review will be conducted on applicants behalf by the DLCA Division of Licensing upon submission of application for business license.
- Fire Inspection
- Telephone: STT (340) 774-7610 / STX (340) 773-8050
All businesses must submit to a review by the Fire Service for fire code compliance. The Fire service will determine the nature of the review that is required for your business type.
- Health Inspection
Department of Health
- Telephone: STT (340) 774-9000 /STX (340) 773-1311
Some businesses will need to submit to a review by the Department of Health depending on type of license requested.(food related business, counseling practices, massage therapists, etc.).
- Board Certifications
Office of Boards and Commissions
- Telephone: STT (340) 774-3130 / STX (340) 773-2226
The following listed professions must be certified by their respective board to practice in the V.I.:
- Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors;
- Barbers, Beauticians and Manicurists;
- Construction Contractors;
- Public Accountancy;
- Real Estate Appraisers;
- Real Estate Commissioners;
- Social Workers
NOTE: To avoid unnecessary delays, please make sure your business is ready for inspection and has complied with all rules and regulations concerning your type of business and/or profession prior to submitting your business license application.
BVI Steps for obtaining a business license
his service provides individuals with the opportunity to apply and obtain a license of trade for their business(es), if eligible.
Trade license fees are paid on an annual basis and depend on the category of business and whether you are a BVIslander or not.
Categories of business include:
Agents – travelling agent, ticket agents, etc.
Commercial – the majority of businesses fall in this category
Entertainment – discotheque, nightclubs, amusement parks, etc.
Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Guest Houses and Apartments;
Manufacturing – tiles, blocks, distillers of alcohol, etc.
Professionals – accountants, lawyers, doctors, etc.
Trade – contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc.