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 over 700 regulatory, state-issued and occupational licenses and permits. 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 boards 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.