Home Occupation Permit

A Home Occupation Permit is required for any home occupation that is primarily conducted within a residential dwelling unit and is considered an accessory use of the dwelling unit.

Home Occupation Permits are not required for "home offices" when they are used for teleworking or are not associated with a particular business. They are required when the primary location of a business, or any location where goods and services are provided or shipped, is a residential dwelling unit.

If you are trying to start and/or register your business, you must do so with the North Carolina Secretary of State Business Registration Office prior to applying for a home occupation permit.



Payment Portal

  • Payment Portal
    1. Use payment option “4-Planning”
    2. Use the DSC Fees and Payment Menu., section 11.7. Home Occupation Permit (page 16)
    3. SAVE THE RECEIPT you received as a PDF, image, or screenshot and upload a copy with your application in the Submittal Portal, below.
         Note: A copy of your receipt should have been sent to the email you provided at time of payment.

Submittal Portal

Use the portal below to complete your request for a Home Occupation Permit. If the online form is not working, please use the direct Submit Home Occupation Permit Application link.

Within this portal you should upload the following documents:

  1. A copy of the payment receipt for this application.
  2. A completed application.
  3. Any other required documents listed either on the application or as a separate checklist.