Business Licence

All those who wish to engage in any business activity, regardless of where they are domiciled (live) are required by the City of Ranson to apply for a business license. Download the Business License Application to get started.

Business License Approval
There are two departments that peruse then either approve or decline your business license application. They are the Finance Department and the Community and Economic Development Department. It takes approximately 1 to 5 business days to receive a response.

Pre-Application Requirements
It is your responsibility to ensure that you clear your business location with the Community and Economic Development Department. They will verify that the area you desire for business is within proper zoning district standards. Your business license application won’t be processed until you have obtained approval from these entities. 

Application Cost
The Municipal License does require a fee to be paid. The fee is dependent upon your business classification (classifications are found on the License Application.)

As business classifications vary, the City of Ranson asks that you please call City Hall or visit the office if you have questions so that the staff may advise you what classification category your business falls into. This will circumvent time and frustration for you. Please be aware that there is a business license tax called the Business and Occupational (B&O) Tax that the City of Ranson imposes. You cannot renew and receive your business license without first paying for the B&O.

Business & Occupational Tax Return Renewal
The Business & Occupational Tax Return is mandated to be filed at the end of each business quarter. These payments are due in the months of April, July, October, and January. At this time, the only method that you may utilize to make a payment is by cash or by check.

How to Apply
You can apply by mail or in person. For your convenience, the Business License Application and B&O Tax Returns are available online.  A copy of your West Virginia State Business Registration Certificate must accompany the application. You may mail the application to the City of Ranson Finance Department at City Hall.

Additional Information
For any further questions or if you are needing further assistance with you application, please contact the City Finance Department at 304-725-1010, or email Lori Nice, Finance Director.