Dare County has declared a State of Emergency due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19 and determined that restrictions and prohibitions are necessary to protect public health and safety and are also in keeping with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Visitors and non-resident property owners are prohibited from entering Dare County. View details at   Click here for the latest information on COVID-19. 

Business Services

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Business License

For business licensing information for all required licensing in the state of North Carolina call 1.800.228.8443 or visit the State of North Carolina website.

Commercial Trash Collection

The Department of Public Works provides residential and commercial solid waste collection for all areas of Dare County with the exception of the incorporated towns of Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Duck and Southern Shores. 

Food and Lodging Inspections Program

The purpose of the Food, Lodging institutions program is to educate and protect the public's health and well being. Health Inspectors visit food and lodging establishments to enforce state and local government regulations. It is the responsibility of this unit to inform establishments about state regulations and encourage set standards in the interest of public health.


The Department of Public Works operates numerous drop off collection centers through out the County and offers commercial pick up of materials for businesses.