Cary is currently under a Stay-at-Home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most public-facing and staffed facilities are closed to the public, including Town Hall. All playgrounds are closed but greenways, parks, and park restrooms remain open at this time. Some services have been canceled or are limited. Learn more.

Business Opportunities

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Selling Goods or Services to the Town

Competitive bidding practices are used as required by North Carolina General Statutes and Town of Cary policies and procedures to ensure that the best value in goods and services is obtained through open vendor competition. In addition, the Town participates in programs that allow the opportunity to purchase under NC contracts and in cooperative agreements with other governmental units.

Qualified bidders are invited to compete for the Town's business by submitting informal quotations or formal responses to Request for Proposals when the Town needs to contract for materials, equipment or services.

Solicitations for construction and repair projects, architectural and engineering work, and all other purchases where the Town is seeking qualified firms and vendors are now being advertised through the North Carolina Interactive Purchasing System (IPS). (Access Cary's listings by scrolling down to and selecting NON STATE - Town of Cary.) In order to receive notices and updates on business opportunities, all interested parties must be registered with IPS on the NC Electronic Vendor Portal (eVP).

If you would like to register to do business with the Town of Cary, please download, complete and submit the Vendor Application. Questions concerning the vendor application process may be directed to Teresa Hargis, Finance Department, (919) 462-3849 or Completed application can be mailed to P.O. Box 8005, Cary, NC 27512-8005 or faxed to (919) 388-5810.

Business Permits

Beer and Wine Permit

Businesses which hold North Carolina ABC Commission permits must apply for a beer and wine permit.

Contact:  Finance Department (919) 319-4552

Door-to-Door Solicitation

A permit to solicit or sell is required for door-to-door solicitation.

Contact: Cary Police Department, (919) 469-4021

Home-Based Business

The Home Occupation Ordinance also applies if a business is located in your home.

Privilege License

New businesses in Cary will not be required to obtain a privilege license in accordance with S.L. 2014-3/House Bill 1050.

The Town’s Land Development Ordinance (LDO) requires that a building permit must be obtained before a business can occupy a commercial space. Please visit our Starting a Business webpage for more details. 

Are you still unsure about what to do? Ask one of our development liaisons to guide you through the process. 

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