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Orange County Tax Office issues two types of business licenses, which are Beer & Wine and  Massage licenses.

Beer and Wine Licenses

    • A business that serves beer and wine must have a County license before opening for business.
    • A copy of your North Carolina State ABC License is required for our office to issue your County license for the first time. A copy of your temporary NC State ABC License is acceptable.
    • All licenses expire April 30, no matter what date the license is issued. The license must be renewed each year for a fee.
    • If your business is located in the city limits of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, or Carrboro, you may be required to purchase a beer and wine license from them as well. Contact information is below:
      • Town of Hillsborough 919-732-2104
      • Town of Chapel Hill 919-968-2759
      • Town of Carrboro 919-942-8541

Massage Licenses

    • A business that has a massage practitioner on site must obtain a massage practitioner business license.
    • In addition, each massage practitioner must obtain a massage practitioner license as well.
    • Each business and massage practitioner must be approved by the County's screening process before the Tax Office can issue a license. Contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office to request an application.
    • Once the application has been approved you may purchase a license from the Orange County Tax Office.
    • All licenses expire June 30, no matter what date the license is issued. The license must be renewed each year for a fee.