Privilege Business License

Any business located in Winston-Salem, or any business that sells or delivers a product or performs a service in Winston-Salem, is required to have a license. Exceptions are nonprofit organizations and/or businesses exempt under General State Statutes. Several different agencies may  need to be contacted, depending on the type of business.

Call (336)747-6954 for more information about business licenses.
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Privilege license applications are on the Forms page under License and Permit Applications.

A business name has to be registered with the Forsyth County Register of Deeds office

A home-based business located within Forsyth County requires an occupation permit. This permit is obtained through City/County Inspections. See the Forms page for permit application.

A business operating pushcarts or peddling by foot in the Central Business District requires a permit from the Development Office. This permit will need to be obtained before applying for a license. See the Forms page for permit applications.  

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Additional Information

Retail merchants are required by the State of North Carolina to obtain sales/use tax identification numbers. Call (336)896-7024 for more information.

Businesses selling alcoholic beverages need to obtain certain licenses/permits through the ABC Commission before applying for a City of Winston-Salem license. There are two locations in Winston-Salem: 2301 N. Patterson Ave. (336)761-2246 or 3127 Starlight Drive (336)788-7141.

A business that may have to meet health regulations should contact the Environmental Health Division at (336)703-3225.

Car dealerships should contact DMV Enforcement for information about dealer tags. Call (336)761-2286 for more information.

Day care facilities should contact the North Carolina Child Development office at (919)662-4527.

A business that has three or more individuals working for it should contact the NC Industrial Commission at (919)733-4820 concerning workers´ compensation.

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