There are several kinds of licenses involved in running a business in North Carolina. You may need a business license, permit or certification, and/or an occupational license. Some businesses and occupations also need a privilege license. You can look up the requirements for these license types at NCBOLD.

Be aware that there are also environmental permits and zoning requirements, depending on location and types of businesses. Contact your local city, county or municipality for area-specific license requirements, or call Business Link NC at 1-800-228-8443 to learn about these licenses.