Bridgeport City Council passed an ordinance effective July 1, 2009 which changes the type of license required to do business in Bridgeport under the new ordinance. Any activity conducted for income is considered to be a business. In order to conduct business in the municipal limits of the City of Bridgeport, you must first contact the Tax and Licensing Division to obtain a Municipal registration. There is a flat fee of $15.00 for all business activities with the exception of those requiring license with the State Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The term of the license begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th of each fiscal year and fees are not prorated. Business and Occupation Tax is paid on a quartley basis and is calculated at the rate approved for each classification. Below is information necessary to obtaining licensures within the State of West Virginia and the City of Bridgeport:
-- All applicants must first have a valid West Virginia Business Registration prior to obtaining a license in the City. The State Tax Department headquarters is located in Charleston, WV and can be reached by phone at 304-558-3333 or toll free at 1-800-982-8297. There is also a regional office located at 230 West Pike Street in Clarksburg and may be reached by phone at 304-627-2109
-- If you will occupy a physical location within the City of Bridgeport, a Building Occupancy Form is necessary to assure the location is approved for the particular activity being licensed. For license information for period prior to July 1, 2009, please contact one of the employees listed above.
All person(s) performing construction activities are required to obtain a Municipal Registration Certificate with the City of Bridgeport. The fee for this is $15.00 and the term of the registration begins on July 1st and ends June 30th of each fiscal year; fees are not prorated. Business and Occupation Tax is paid on a quarterly basis and is calculated at a rate of 2%.
In order to obtain a license for Contracting activity, all contractors and subcontractors are required to first obtain a West Virginia State Contractor's License. This license is awarded through the Contractor Licensing Board, B-749 Building 6, Capitol Complex, Charleston WV 25305 and can be reached by phone at 304-558-7890
Any person(s) who furnishes real property for lease or rent for any purpose is required to obtain a Municipal Registration Certificate in the City of Bridgeport. The fee for this is $15.00 and the term is July 1st and ends June 30th of each fiscal year; fees are not prorated. Business and Occupation Tax is paid on a year end basis and is calculated at a rate of .825%.
All of the above mentioned applications may be obtained by mail, fax, the links below or may be completed in person at the City's Municipal Complex located at 515 West Main Street in Bridgeport. For payment we accept checks, cash and all major credit cards. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact either Cheryl or Monte and they will assist you.
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Tax Information & Forms:
Business & Occupation Tax Return/Rates
Business & Occupation Tax Filing Schedule
Hotel Occupancy Tax Form
Public Utility Service Tax (Excise) Form
(Important tax information for all Contractors working within the City of Bridgeport)
Economic Tax Incentive Packet
Municipal Registration Requirements
Municipal Registration Application
*Building Occupancy Request
(This form is to be submitted for all new businesses that will
maintain a physical location within the City of Bridgeport.)
(This informational form is required in order to apply for an activity
wherein there will be door to door solicitation of citizens)