Can I operate a business from my residence?
To operate a home-based business, you must obtain a Zoning Customary Home Occupation Permit and a Business License. Apply in person for the permit at the Hal Marshall Service Center, 700 N. Tryon Street. The Zoning Counter is located on the main floor.
There is a one-time flat fee of $125.00 for this permit. The permit is valid as long as you live at the location which is being permitted. Complete the Zoning Use Application and the Customary Home Occupation Compliance Form. These forms are available in the lobby. The zoning staff member will need these two forms as well as the Business License Application (heavy paper card) to process your permit request.
After obtaining zoning approval and a local business license, the home business proprietor should also contact the following offices:
How do I find out the zoning of my property?
- Engineering & Property Management Permit Writing Division to apply for a permit if modifications to the structure are required. Phone 704-336-3803.
- Register of Deeds, 720 E. Fourth Street, to register the business name. Phone 704-336-6095.
- Business Listing Department, 720 E. Fourth Street, to list business property. Phone 704-336-6382.
- N.C. Department of Revenue, 500 W. Trade St., to obtain a state sales tax number if goods are to be sold. Phone 704-342-6121.
- Internal Revenue Services to obtain information for a Federal Tax ID number. Phone 1-800-829-1040.
By phone: A tax parcel number is required. This is an eight-digit number found on your tax bill or receipt that assists the zoning staff in locating your property on any of the County's 189 zoning maps. Contact the zoning office at 704-336-3569. By computer: Visit the GIS Real Estate System
and use your tax parcel number, an address, or the property owner's name. How many people may live in a house?
In a residential district, up to 6 unrelated individuals may live in a house as a family. There is no zoning restriction for the number of family members living in a home as long as blood, marriage, or adoption relates them. Who enforces my Restrictive Covenants or Private Deed Restrictions?
Either the Homeowner's Association, Management Company or individual homeowner(s) may enforce these restrictions. What is an "as-built" survey and how do I get one?
A survey by a registered surveyor showing all structures, driveways, basements, walkways, gravel coverage, etc., showing the impervious area of a site as it has been built. Obtain a survey from a registered surveyor.