Privilege Business License

Effective July 1, 2014, any business physically located in Winston-Salem is required to have a license. Exceptions are nonprofit organizations and/or businesses exempt under General State Statutes.

Call (336) 747-6954 for more information about business licenses.

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  • Retail merchants are required by the State of North Carolina to obtain sales/use tax identification numbers. Call (336) 896-7024
  • Businesses selling alcoholic beverages need to obtain certain licenses/permits through the ABC Commission before applying for a City of Winston-Salem license. Visit 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
  • 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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