Business Tax & Licensing

Municipal Registration

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 & Licensing Division to obtain a Municipal Registration Certificate. 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 & Occupation Tax is paid on a quarterly basis and is calculated at the rate approved for each classification. Below is information necessary to obtain licensure 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 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 the Tax & Licensing Department.

Contractor Information

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 Contractors' 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.

Rental Information

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%. West Virginia State Tax Department requires all rental owners to have a State License.

All of the above mentioned applications may be obtained by mail, fax or email. They may also be completed in person at the City's Municipal Complex located at 515 W. Main Street in Bridgeport. For payment we accept cash, checks and all major credit cards. If you have any questions, please contact the Tax & Licensing Department.


Tax & License Forms

Tax Forms & Information:

Business & Occupation Tax Return

Tax Filing Rates & Schedule

Hotel Motel Tax Return

Public Utility - Excise Tax Return

Contractor Information:

Contracting Requirements
(Important tax information for all Contractors within the City of Bridgeport)

Contractor / Subcontractor Report Form

General Contractor Cover Sheet

Handyman Affidavit 

Tax Incentives:

Economic Tax Incentive Packet

License Applications & Information:

Municipal Registration Requirements

Municipal Registration Certificate Application

Building Occupancy & Zoning Information
(This form is to accompany all business that will maintain a physical location within the city limits of Bridgeport)

Home Solicitation, Vendor & Peddler License 
(This informational form is required in order to apply for an activity wherein there will be door to door solicitation of citizens)

Class
Codes

Business Classifications Rate per $100
01 Manufacturing 0
02 Retailers / Selling Property 0.4125
03 Wholesalers 0.1238
04 Electric Power Co. (Sales/Demand Chgs.) 4.0
05 Electric Power Co. (Sales All Other) 3.0
06 Natural Gas Companies 3.0
07 Contractors 2.0
09 Amusement Business 0.4125
10 Rental, Royalties or Fee 0.825
11 Banking & Financial Institutions 0.825
12 Service & All Other 0.825
13 Aircraft Repair & Maintenance 0.10