Find what permits and licenses you need for your business

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The Asheville Open for Business tool asks a series of questions to determine which permits and licenses you will need for your project as well as an estimate of permit fees. If you decide to move forward with the project, this tool will allow you to submit permit applications to the City.

Business Licenses

The City of Asheville no longer has the authority to collect a privilege license tax (i.e. business license), with the exception of beer and wine taxes. This is in accordance with North Carolina S.L. 2014-3 Section 12, effective July 1, 2015.

While the local privilege license tax is no longer being collected, the State Privilege License authority is still in place.




Asheville Open for Business tool

Asheville Business Inclusion Office


Contact Information


Development Service Department



Updated 12/19/2019