Cleveland County does not issue business/privilege licenses. Federal and state laws govern business licenses, however if you are located inside a city limit you should check with your city or town to determine if they require a license. You are required to obtain a business/privilege license from the North Carolina Department of Revenue. The phone number is 877-252-3052 and their website address is To register your business name with Cleveland County, you may do this with the Register of Deeds office located on the first floor of the Cleveland County Administration Building. To obtain a Tax Identification number, contact the IRS at 800-829-4933 or apply online at
311 E. Marion Street
Shelby, NC 28150
Municipality, Register of Deeds Office
Business Registration
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday