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, alcohol Distributors sell alcoholic beverages to retail establishments. Accordingly, states give them separate and generally lower license fees than alcohol retailers who sell or serve directly to the public. Distributors also require federal licensing and may need local business licenses and wholesale permits.