Home to some of America's fastest-growing local economies, North Carolina licenses its fair share of businesses. However, it keeps the process simple and straightforward. North Carolina shares regulatory duties with its counties and cities -- and manages to balance licensing enough to watch out for public safety and welfare without creating a bureaucratic mess.
In North Carolina, retail businesses of all sorts including beauty supply stores, toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.