Want to Open a Business?

Buchanan Business Meeting – Buchanan’s merchants meet on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the Buchanan Town Hall. Join us!

Start-up Resources

Welcome to the Town of Buchanan, Virginia

Here you will find everything you need to know about permits, business licenses, tax rates, and other government services.

For Services:  Buchanan Town Hall, 19753 Main Street
Water, Sewer and Garbage Collection – 254-1212, ext. 1
Town Planning & Zoning – 254-1212, ext. 3
Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program – 254-1212, ext. 4
Dominion Virginia Electric Service – 888-667-3000
Verizon Phone Service – 866-382-8182
Mail Services – U.S. Post Office – 254-2178: 19698 Main Street
Cable Television – Shentel – 877-743-8538
Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad – 9-1-1. Non-emergency – 254-1331

Town of Buchanan Taxes – Due by December 5th

Personal Property Taxes          $0.32 per $100.00
Real Estate Taxes                    $0.19 per $100.00
Tools and Machinery              $0.10 per $100.00

Business and Professional Operators License – Due January 1st.

License – $25.00 minimum, based on gross receipts.

License obtained from the Buchanan Town Hall. Zoning approval is required first, as well as a Sign Permit from Buchanan Town Hall before placing any signs.

Meals Tax & Occupancy Tax – 4% Due on the 20th of each month. Forms may be acquired from the Buchanan Town Hall.

Transient Occupancy Tax – 4% Due on the 20th of each month. Forms may be acquired from the Buchanan Town Hall.

Permits & Utility Fees – From Buchanan Town Hall

Zoning Permit                                         $50.00
Sign Zoning Permit                                $50.00
Public Hearing for Zoning Request    $150.00
Renter’s Water Deposit                         $200.00
Water Hook Up                                       $2,200.00
Sewer Hook Up                                       $2,500.00

Water, Sewer & Garbage Fees – Bills due upon receipt each month

Renter’s Water Deposit – $200.00
Property Owner Deposit – $0.00

Water, Sewer and Garbage customers are billed monthly for services. Residential Customers are charged $48.25 for the first 4,000 gallons of water, $26.25 for sewer, and $13.00 for garbage pickup. Commercial customers are charged $50.25 for the first 4,000 gallons of water, $26.25 for sewer and $19.00 for garbage. Water and sewer usage over 4,000 gallons per month are charged additional fees. Out of Town water rates are 1.5 times the base in-Town rate for residential and commercial.

Dumpsters to be located and screened per Town Zoning Ordinance.

State Business Tax Forms

Virginia Department of Taxation – www.tax.virginia.gov
Virginia Government Business One Stop – www.bos.virginia.gov

Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC)

The Regional Commission helps local governments address regionally significant issues with planning designed to enhance our region’s infrastructure, promote our region’s economic growth, and improve and sustain our region’s quality of life. www. rvarc.org

Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center

The mission of the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (RRSBDC) is to promote small business creation, growth, and development by providing professional business counseling at no charge to the client.

The RRSBDC also provides affordable training and informational resources. We assist small businesses, individuals purchasing or selling a business, not-for-profits, and aspiring business owners. We are able to offer these services at no or minimal cost due to the support of our sponsors.

540.983.0717 www.RoanokeSBDC.org

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)

VEDP is Virginia’s statewide economic development partnership and world-wide marketing organization. Visit this site to download community profiles or to compare Virginia with other potential locations. yesvirginia.org

Virginia Department of Business Assistance (DBA)

DBA provides workforce training and financing for Virginia businesses.  It also manages the online system for business registration and licensing called BUSINESS ONE STOP.  This site has answers about taxation, licensing, growth, and development. dba.state.va.us

Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA offers a variety of programs and support services to help navigate initial business applications and resources to help after you open for business, including financing, government contracting, and business advocacy. sba.gov

Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program

The Town of Buchanan is a Department of Housing and Community Development Commercial District Affiliate.

The Town uses the principles of the Main Street Program’s strategy for revitalizing as a guide in its efforts. The four interconnected areas include:

ORGANIZATION– The Town of Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program works to establish consensus and cooperation by building effective partnerships among all stakeholders including property owners, business owners, residents and the Town.

DESIGN– The Town of Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program works to enhance the visual quality of downtown by addressing all design elements to create an appealing environment. From signage, to storefront facades, to interior restoration to product displays, first impressions count in increasing sales and the desirability of downtown as a place to live, shop and invest.

ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING – The Town of Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program works to strengthen downtown’s existing economic assets and fulfill its broadest market potential.

PROMOTIONS – The Town of Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program works to create and market a positive image based on the unique attributes of the Downtown district. Working with our local businesses and area residents, the Town has established a comprehensive Calendar of events. The Town also offers a Cost Share Virginia Logos Grant for Town businesses, contact the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program or Town Manager at (540) 254-1212.