Permits and Licenses for Businesses

These are regulatory licenses


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Beer/Wine License Amplified or Hospitality District Entertainment Permit Home Businesses Pushcart Vending Permit Massage Business License Massagist License Pawn Brokers License City of Raleigh Business License Payment Methods

Beer/Wine License

Any business that sells Beer or Wine within the Raleigh City limits must obtain a Beer/Wine License (Schedule V in Business License application) before selling any alcoholic beverages.

  • Businesses must FIRST obtain Temporary Permits from the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
  • Beer/Wine Licenses must be renewed prior to April 30 each year.
  • Be sure to contact the Development Services Customer Service Center at 919-996-2495 to assure that the sale of alcoholic beverages is allowed at your business location.

Amplified or Hospitality District Entertainment Permit

Applies To

All establishments located in Raleigh that provide amplified music or other amplified entertainment are required to obtain either an Amplified Entertainment Permit or Hospitality District Entertainment Permit. Hospitality District Entertainment Permits apply to businesses located within a defined hospitality district.

Fees

  • $500 - License fee, upon license approval
  • $100 - After issuance, yearly license renewal fee (Due annually - June 30)

Timing

You must have your Amplified Entertainment Permit before providing amplified entertainment. It is recommended that you apply at least 90 days prior to opening your business.

Additional Approvals or Requirements

Businesses wishing to provide outdoor amplified entertainment outside a defined hospitality district will be required to obtain City Council approval.

It is strongly recommended that you discuss the proposed business location with the Development Services Customer Service Center at 919-996-2495 prior to submitting your application.

Amplified Entertainment

 

Home Businesses

Businesses operated from the home must obtain approval from Zoning staff by applying for a Home Occupation Use Permit.

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Pushcart Vending Permit

Any business selling food products from a pushcart in the downtown district must obtain a Pushcart Vending Permit.

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Massage Business License

City of Raleigh massage business regulatory licenses have been discontinued effective July 1, 2022.

Massagist License

City of Raleigh massagist regulatory licenses have been discontinued effective July 1, 2022.

Pawn Brokers License

Applies To

Any person, firm, or corporation that is engaged in the business of lending money on the security of pledged goods and who may also purchase merchandise for resale from dealers and traders must obtain a Pawn Brokers License.

Fees

  • $275 - License fee is due upon license approval by City Council.
  • $100 - After issuance, yearly license renewal fee (Due annually - June 30)

Timing

Your Pawn Brokers License Application must be submitted at least 90 days BEFORE you want to open your business.

Additional Approvals or Requirements

A $5,000.00 surety bond will be required upon approval. A copy of your application will be forwarded to the Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Inspections Division for initial approval. After initial approval, the license request will be placed on the City Council Agenda for final approval.

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City of Raleigh Business License

CITY OF RALEIGH BUSINESS LICENSE DISCONTINUED EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015.  

Should you have any questions regarding this matter please contact the Revenue Services Division at 919-996-3200, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Payment Methods

  • Mail (City of Raleigh Revenue Services - 03 PO Box 590 Raleigh, NC 27602-0590)
  • In Person at the Municipal Building in the Revenue Services Lobby

Contact

 

919-996-3200

Lead Department:
Finance
Service Categories:
Billing and Collections

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