Regulations and Permits for Businesses in North Carolina
Overview of Licensing Requirements
Licensing and permitting requirements may be imposed by state and local governing authorities as well as by federal authorities.
North Carolina has no single generic license for all businesses. Some businesses may be subject to several state requirements while others may not be subject to any. For instance, most service-only businesses are not subject to any state licensing requirements, but restaurants may have to comply with several such requirements. If you are planning to establish a business in North Carolina, you are encouraged to call and speak to a BLIO (Business License Information Office
) License Consultant first. Speaking with a consultant is the best way to determine compliance with all state license and permitting requirements. Should you miss a license requirement after relying on advice from BLIO, you will still have to fulfill the license requirement, but you generally will not be punished or have to pay a fine for non-compliance if BLIO failed to advise you about the specific STATE requirement you missed.
Currituck County does not require business or privilege licenses. The County does require that businesses comply with State license requirements. You should check with the County Planning and Inspections Department
to determine if your property is zoned properly for the business you have in mind. If you have any questions concerning starting a business in Currituck County, you may contact the County's Economic Development Director
Most new small businesses are unlikely to require any type of federal permit or license to operate. However, it is important and in your best interest to make absolutely certain that you comply with all applicable federal regulations before starting your business activity. Therefore, you should consult an attorney of your choice for assistance in making sure you have addressed all federal regulations that might apply to your situation.
The Business License Information Office
makes it easier for businesses to meet the license requirements of the State of North Carolina. There are numerous steps a prospective business owner must take before starting a new business. Identifying all the licenses, permits, regulations, and/or other approvals required for the planned business activity is a crucial step to the success of any business.