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. Businesses located within a defined hospitality district may apply for Hospitality District Entertainment Permit.

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.

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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

Applies To

Any individual, corporation, or partnership that operates an establishment or business where massage is performed must obtain a Massage Business License.

Fees

  • $125 - Non-refundable filing fee is due with your Application
  • $50 - After issuance, yearly license renewal fee (Due annually - June 30)

Timing

The application, which includes a copy of the City Code Sections that pertain to Massage, must be made 60-90 days prior to the start of your business.

Additional Approvals or Requirements

You must have a Massage Business License before operating.

Approval from the Police Department, Fire Department, and Inspections Division is required. Please see the application for more information and who to contact to obtain approvals.

Massage Business License

 

Massagist License

Applies To

Any person who practices in the business or profession of massage therapy within the city limits.

Fees

  • $25 - License fee due with your Application
  • $25 - Annual Renewal Fee (Due annually - June 30)

Timing

You should apply for your license at least 30 days before you plan to begin practicing massage.

Additional Approvals or Requirements

Applicants must be licensed by the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy before a City of Raleigh Massagist License can be issued. Self-employed applicants will also be required to apply for the Massage Business License.

Massagist License

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 Small Business Support