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Privilege License Tax
Unless explicitly provided for in a City of Charlotte and/or Mecklenburg County Ordinance, all businesses, trades, and professions conducting a trade, occupation, performing a service, or selling goods or services within the City are required to purchase a Privilege License  prior to beginning operations
Privilege License

The above statement applies to Mecklenburg County with certain exceptions.  This License is required to legally operate anywhere within the City of Charlotte and/or Mecklenburg County. This requirement applies to all businesses, whether operated for profit, non-profit or home based. 

The Business Tax Collections unit issues Privilege Licenses. The License tax amount is based on estimated revenue or gross receipts at a rate of $0.60 per $1,000 (minimum tax $50; maximum $10,000). Businesses subject to the gross receipts tax may also be taxed at a flat rate and some businesses are only subject to a flat tax rate.  Certain types of businesses must pay both the City and County license tax.  Should you have further questions concerning how a certain type of business is taxed, a copy of our Classification Codes  are available for your review.  Further assistance may be requested utilizing our contact information located at the bottom of this page.

Licenses are issued on a fiscal-year basis and with the exception of Taxicab Drivers and Beer/Wine Licenses, will expire June 30th each year, regardless of the date issued.  Licenses must be renewed on or before July 1st of each year. 

All business addresses must be approved by the Mecklenburg County Zoning Department and some licenses must be approved by other departments, such as Environmental Health, Building Standards, Police or Fire.  We've included our New Business Contact list within this site to assist new business owners with other approvals or licenses that may be required.

A City license may be required in addition to any County or State licenses already held. A business owner, partner, corporate officer or any other designated assignee may apply for a license in person at 700 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte between the hours of  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  An 2013-2014 Privilege License Application may be obtained through this site, by phone at 704-336-7600, or by mail at the address below.

Business Tax Collections
P.O. Box 32728
Charlotte, NC  28232-2728

Any changes in the business name or address must be reported to the Business Tax Collections Office within ten (10) days of the change.
A business owner, partner, corporate officer or any other designated assignee must first surrender the current license to receive a new license.  The fee for a new license is five dollars ($5.00). Licenses are non-transferable.

PLEASE NOTE - Closing, Transferring or Selling Business: The Business Tax Collections unit must be notified forty-eight (48) hours in advance of a change in address, or ownership, or if business operations cease.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact CharMeck 311 by dialing 311 from within Mecklenburg County 
or 704-336-7600 from outside of Mecklenburg County or email us at .   

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