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Opening a Business in the City

Business Services Advocate

The Business Services Advocate is available to assist business owners in navigating zoning, permitting, and licensing processes.   For more information please contact, Sharon Pell at 304-781-8348 or by email at or contact Becky Bartlett, B&O and Licensing Specialist, at 304-696-5520 ext. 2059 or by email at

How To Get Started

Use the Steps to Start a Business Guide as a general overview of the steps needed to get your business started in the City of Huntington.

Forms For All New Businesses

  • Business License Application- Anyone who is conducting business within the city limits needs to obtain a business license from the Finance Division. 
  • Business and Occupation (B&O) Tax Return- Any business that is engaged in or caused to be engaged in activities with the object of gain of economic benefit, either direct or indirect must fill out the Business and Occupation (B&O) Tax Return.
  • City Service Fee- All individuals working within the city limits of Huntington will need to pay a City Service Fee of five dollars ($5.00) per week and will remain in effect until such time as rescinded by further ordinance of Council.
  • Sign Permit Ordinance- Wall signs, freestanding signs, temporary signs and many others require an approved Sign Permit from the City Planner.
  • Sign Permit Instructions- Step-by-step guide on how to apply for a sign permit.
  • Sign Permit Application

New Commercial Businesses

  • Certificate of Occupancy Instructions- A Certificate of Use and Occupancy is required before any new building can be occupied or before an existing building can be used for a new purpose.  This applies whenever a new business goes into an existing or new structure or there is a change of business owner.
  • Building Permit Application- Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by code, or to cause any such work to be done, will need to apply for a Building Permit.

Home-Based Businesses

  • Home Occupation Instructions-Outlines the process of applying for a Home Occupation Permit.
  • Home Occupation Permit Application- A Home Occupation Permit is required to if you will be doing business from your home.
  • Home Occupation Ordinance- A home occupancy is permitted in any residential zone provided that the business complies with the city regulations.
  • Home Occupation Permit is valid July 1 to June 30.  The permit is renewed annually at the same time as your business license.

Businesses With Additional Requirements

Contractors and Subcontractors

Business License Renewal

  • A renewal will be sent out around the first of June each year.  A business license is valid for one year starting from July 1 and ending June 30.  All business licenses expire on June 30th of each year.  Business license fees are not prorated.

Other Resources

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Register with the WV Secretary of State and WV State Tax Department

Alcohol Beverage and Control Administration

WV Division of Labor

Cabell-Huntington Health Department

Cabell County Assessor

WV Small Business Development Center

Unlimited Future, Inc.

Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce