New Business Resources

Arlington County has a wealth of resources to help all of its businesses thrive. A combination of County resources, business improvement districts and community resources create an ecosystem that fosters growth and success.


Arlington County Resources

Arlington County Commissioner of Revenue

The Commissioner of Revenue is responsible for assessing County taxes, including business license tax and custodial tax, including meals tax, short-term rental tax, transit occupancy (hotel) tax and others.

Arlington County Constituent Services

The Constituent Services Team helps ensure Arlington’s government works for all those living, working, conducting business or visiting the County. The team provides a link between residents, businesses, visitors and employees who have problems or are seeking information and solutions. Within the Constituent Services Team sits the Business Ombudsman, who works in partnership with the business community to help resolve issues and identify potential improvements to County administrative processes. 

Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD)

CPHD is comprised of six divisions: Planning, Housing, Neighborhood Services, Zoning, Inspection Services and Business Operations. Those most often useful to the business community include:

  • Planning Division: The Planning Division develops plans, analyzes development requests and regulates short-range development through the Site Plan review and use permit process.
  • Inspection Services Division (ISD): ISD ensures that all structures in Arlington are safe and comply with the Building Code. ISD staff assist with Code-compliant design and construction through permitting, reviews and inspections. 
  • Zoning Division: The Zoning Division informs homeowners, businesses and developers of relevant zoning and land use regulations. Zoning staff review building permits, construction plans and certificates of occupancy, as well as County Board-approved developments. 

Arlington County Treasurer's Office

The Treasurer is an elected official whose main responsibility is collecting the County’s taxes, including business taxes.

Arlington Economic Development's BizLaunch Program

BizLaunch is Arlington’s small business and entrepreneurial assistance network. Since 2002, BizLaunch has helped 60,000+ clients, providing: 

  • One-on-one business coaching 

  • Market research

  • Mentorship

  • Permitting assistance to help Arlington's small businesses thrive

In addition, BizLaunch has developed an innovative program called ReLaunch to provide small businesses with no-cost business consulting services and create a website and e-commerce solution underwritten by Arlington.   

Arlington Public Library

The Arlington Public Library offers a Business Librarian who can help business owners focus business research questions, identify high-quality business or investment research tools and learn how to access and search the Library’s business or investment research tools.


Arlington's Partnerships and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)

Arlington is home to neighborhood-based partnerships and Business Improvement Districts, also referred to as BIDs. These organizations work with business owners and residents within their prospective neighborhood to build community and strengthen economic vitality. 


Arlington Community Resources

Arlington Chamber of Commerce

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary membership organization of approximately 700 businesses. Businesses and nonprofits join the Chamber for networking and business development, community engagement, educational opportunities, marketing and to influence the voice of the business community through government affairs and advocacy. The Chamber’s efforts are focused on business-to-business and business-to-community opportunities and they host more than 100 events a year.

Home-Based Business Office Solutions

If you are one of Arlington's many home-based business we understand you may require additional tools to be successful. Arlington offers a variety of alternative real estate options, including executive suites, coworking spaces and shared spaces. All of which foster productivity and collaboration while providing the essentials for an affordable and flexible work environment. 

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