Steps to Starting Your Business


Thank you for considering Morgantown for the location of your business! We have a healthy business atmosphere in many areas of our City, but they can only be made more vibrant with the addition of you and your talents. Are you considering a restaurant with unique cuisine? Perhaps bringing creative retail to downtown? There's also room for offices in both new and historic locations, and our City continues to grow thanks to dedicated entrepreneurs like you who add to the vitality, character, and future of our City.

If you complete each of the steps listed below, you should have all you need to successfully open your business in Morgantown! Please be sure to verify with each of the departments involved that you have all documentation before you officially start business.

If you have an existing business that was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact or you are interested in opening a new businesses but have not opened due to the pandemic. The City of Morgantown has developed a Small Business Assistance Grant program in partnership with the Small Business Administration. For more information about the SBAG view the application here.

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Identify Zoning Requirements / Floodplains

Contact the City of Morgantown's Planning Division at 304-284-7431 to make sure that the location of the proposed business is zoned for your business. Be sure to have the property's parcel and tax map number. If you do not have these numbers call the Monongalia County Assessor's Office at 304-291-7222, or visit the WV Property Viewer listed in the link below.

For reference, you can access the helpful links below.