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.
Rate schedule [pdf]
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.
Listing of Local, State, and Federal Business Licensing 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.