North Carolina Business Licenses

We help you obtain and maintain licenses for your business or nonprofit nationwide

General North Carolina Guides & Resources

These guides provide detailed, step-by-step instructions for starting a business or nonprofit, registering with state authorities, and establishing a compliant organization.

Business Resources:

Construction License

Get your North Carolina construction licenses. Harbor Compliance assists with initial and renewal registrations in every state.

How to Form an LLC

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions to form a limited liability company in North Carolina. Do it yourself or purchase our formation service.

How to Incorporate

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate in North Carolina. Do it yourself or purchase our incorporation service.

Licensing Resources

North Carolina Business Licensing Guides and Information.

Start a Business

Total time, cost, and paperwork to start your business in North Carolina today! Our affordable formation services are state-specific.

Nonprofit Resources:

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

Total cost, time, and how to start a nonprofit in North Carolina. Instruction and services to assist with your non-profit formation.

Nonprofit Compliance

Comprehensive solutions (and free resources) to help manage your fundraising, tax exemption, license renewals, and other nonprofit compliance activities in North Carolina, and across the US.


North Carolina Business Licenses for Regulated Industries

Our licensing guides provide a wealth of information including requirements, filing instructions, fees, timelines to licensure, and more for a range of industries and activities.


North Carolina Corporate Filings

These web pages provide detailed information on state filings required to form an entity, register a name, gain authority to operate, maintain good standing, and more.


North Carolina Tax Filings

Find the information you need to register for state taxes or seek tax exemptions.


North Carolina State Licensing Agencies

Below is a listing of the state-level licensing agencies within North Carolina that a business should check for business license requirements.

  • Board for the Licensing of Geologists
  • Board of Architecture
  • Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors
  • Board of Landscape Architects
  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Food and Drug Protection Division - Drug Program
  • Department of Commerce - Division of Employment Security
  • Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program
  • Department of Health and Human Services - Drug Control Unit
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division
  • Department of Revenue
  • Licensing Board for General Contractors
  • Private Protective Services Board
  • Real Estate Commission
  • Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  • Secretary of State - Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division
  • State Board of CPA Examiners
  • State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
  • State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors
  • State Bureau of Investigation - Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch

North Carolina Local Business Licences

Below is a listing of the local jurisdictions within North Carolina that a business should check for local business license requirements.

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