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IMPORTANT TAX NOTICE  

The Business Privilege License Tax for General Merchant business has been repealed in North Carolina, effective July 1, 2015.

As a result, no privilege license renewal applications will be mailed.  Please do not remit payment for these taxes without a renewal notification.   

Who Must Obtain A Beer & Wine Business Privilege License

If you are engaged in the business of selling beer & wine, you must first obtain a permit from the NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (NCABC). After obtaining this permit, you must apply for a beer and wine business privilege license from the City of Greenville Collections office located 200 W. Fifth St., 1st Floor.

Licensing Period

The license to sell beer and wine must be purchased annually. The business year for beer and wine business privilege licenses begins on May 1, and ends April 30 of the following year. A license to sell beer and wine must be renewed no later than May 1 of each year.

Beer & Wine Business Privilege License Fees

The fee for On-Premises licenses (example: restaurants or lounges) is $30.
The fee for Off-Premises licenses (example: convenience or grocery store) is $15.

Beer & Wine Business Privilege License Penalties

It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether the business he or she conducts is taxed under the City ordinance, and if so, whether that tax has been paid for the current year. No person or business entity conducting business within the city limits of the City of Greenville for which a beer and wine business privilege license is required, shall do so without first obtaining a beer and wine business privilege license and paying the appropriate fee(s). Any business conducting business activity within the City limits of Greenville without a beer and wine business privilege license, shall be liable for back (unpaid) business license taxes and shall be subject to a penalty of 5 percent of the annual license tax for each month that the business operates without a license, up to a maximum of 25 percent per annum.