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, bars and Nightclubs are both highly regulated and highly profitable. Because of alcohol sales and their high potential for assorted vice crimes, state and local governments monitor bars and nightclubs carefully. In some cities such as Philadelphia, a bar or nightclub may need up to 12 licenses and permits. Navigating the maze of applications and processes required to start such a business can be daunting.