This service provides individuals with the opportunity to apply and obtain a license of trade for their business(es), if eligible. 

Trade license fees are paid on an annual basis and depend on the category of business and whether you are a BVIslander or not. 

Categories of business include:
Agents – travelling agent, ticket agents, etc.
Commercial – the majority of businesses fall in this category
Entertainment – discotheque, nightclubs, amusement parks, etc.
Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Guest Houses and Apartments;
Manufacturing – tiles, blocks, distillers of alcohol, etc.
Professionals  - accountants, lawyers, doctors, etc.
Trade – contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc.


Step 1:  Collect Application Form and Check List from the 1st floor of the Department of Trade or online in the link below.  

Step 2:  Complete form; submit to the Department of Trade.  An Officer will peruse the application to ensure that all necessary documents are included. Lack of proper submission will result in application being return before processing.

Step 3:  The customer then comes into the Office to collect their Trade License and make payments. 

Step 4: The Customer should then register their business with Inland Revenue, Social Security and National Health Insurance (NHI). 


Department Contact Information

Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs

Second Floor, Sebastian's Building
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cashier: 9:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m

Email Address:

Telephone: 1(284) 468-2008
Fax: 1(284) 468-2918