North Carolina has no single generic business license that will ensure compliance with all requirements. Some businesses may be subject to several state requirements while others may not be subject to any.

There are almost 950 regulatory, state-issued and occupational licenses and permits: 319 occupational licenses, 498 business licenses, and 80 business/occupational licenses. In addition, a local license may be required for your business.

If you are starting a business that might require an occupational license, contact your occupational board. Click here for a directory of all occupational licenses in North Carolina and their contact information.

Have questions or need help getting started? Connect with one of our business counselors at (800) 228-8443 for a customized consultation, detailed state license information and contacts for the city, county and federal governments appropriate to your business needs.