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By law, all businesses, including home-based businesses, are required to have a business license. (The exception is that a business operated only occasionally by a person under the age of 18 is not required to have a license.) Please call the City office or visit the Business Licensing page.
Home offices with no impact on the neighborhood are not charged a fee for their license. See the Home-Based Business License Application for details. For other types of home-based businesses, the annual fee is $25.
Business licensing serves a real purpose in our community. Before the City issues a business license, the business must show that they are registered and validly operating, including complying with any county, state, or federal regulations, as well as receive approval from the Vineyard zoning, fire, and building departments. Business licensing enables the city to:
This depends on many factors, but some home offices take less than a week. Other businesses that need fire and building inspections, additional zoning review, or that need to change their state sales tax account to Vineyard will take longer. Please call the City office with any questions.
Yes. Every solicitor must have and wear a current Vineyard Solicitor’s License badge. A Solicitor's License is required to help ensure the safety of the citizens of Vineyard. Because the licensing process requires a background check on each individual solicitor, citizens can know that those who are coming to their homes selling products or services are individuals who have had a background check.
If a solicitor knocks on your door and you cannot clearly see their Vineyard Solicitors License badge, ask to see it. Please report to the City any solicitor going door to door without a license.