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Business License Regulations & Permits

This brief overview of business licensing and permit requirements will direct you to 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, there are numerous steps a Business Link North Carolinaprospective 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. By using the Business Link North Carolina (BLNC), a service of NC Department of Commerce, you will have access to an extensive network of experts making it easier for your businesses to meet the license requirements of the State of North Carolina.  

BLNC business counselors will help you with everything you need to know from licenses, government contracting, business plans, tax information to marketing and access to capital. You may reach a BLNC counselor Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 800.228.8443.


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 Community Development 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, visit the County's Economic Development website or you may send the County Manager, Dan Scanlon an email or call 252-232-2075.


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.