Business License Zoning Verification

The process outlined below applied to a zoning verification for obtaining a City business license.

The issuance of business licenses falls within the purview of the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue; however, as part of the application process for a business license, zoning approval of the physical location for the business is required. Business license zoning verifications are conducted for both commercial businesses and home occupations.

If the new business constitutes a change of use at the physical location a Certificate of Occupancy may be required.

Submission Requirements

A Completed Business License Zoning Verification Application.

Review Process

Most business license zoning verifications are on-demand and can be completed in one business day.

Zoning verifications for a business license are reviewed for compliance with the use table of the applicable zoning district in the City of Roanoke Zoning Ordinance. If the business is located in a home, additional standards for Home Occupations will apply.

Visit the City of Roanoke's Real Estate GIS page to determine your property's zoning designation.


There are no applicable fees for a Business License Zoning Verification.