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Franklin D. Edmondson, MCR
Commissioner of the Revenue
City Hall Building
801 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
(757) 393-8771


Office of the Commissioner of The Revenue
Home Based Businesses

All business entities operating within the Portsmouth city limits are required to have a City of Portsmouth Business License. Some businesses may be operated from a residence if they comply with the following criteria:

  • No Clients are permitted to visit the home.
  • There will be no storage of any merchandise or equipment at the home.
  • Less than 15% of the home will be utilized for business.
  • Only those individuals residing at the home may be utilized in the business.
  • No detached structures/signs may be utilized for the business.
  • There shall be no sale of merchandise from the home.
  • There shall be no food processing.

The Permits & Inspections Department for the City of Portsmouth is responsible for monitoring these types of businesses and any questions should be reported to their office by calling 757-393-8531.

If the applicant does not own the home, then a letter from the property owner stating that they will allow the applicant to operate the particular business from the property is required.


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