Business Licenses and Permits

North Carolina no longer has a state-issued generic business license that will ensure compliance with all requirements. Some businesses may be subject to several state requirements, while others may be subject to local requirements only.

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. There is a directory of all occupational licenses in North Carolina and their contact information. 

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Have questions or need help getting started? Connect with one of our small business advisors for a customized consultation, detailed state license information and contacts for the city, county and federal governments appropriate to your business needs. 

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