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New Business Requirements Checklist

1. Contact the Town of Warrenton to verify the address where you plan to open and operate your new business, as well as to confirm the property's zoning and parking requirements. If you are locating downtown, in the Central Business or Historical Districts, there may be unique specifications for renovation.  A business registration license is required in Warrenton:  Registration Form

2. Contact the Warren County Planning and Zoning Department to apply for a building permit if you're planning to build or make renovations to an existing building. The Planning and Zoning Department is located at 524 W. Ridgeway Street in Warrenton. Make sure your contractor is properly licensed by the State of North Carolina and has a Town of Warrenton business license. The following steps are typically handled by your contractor:
  • Submit building renovation plans to the Town Administrator of the Town of Warrenton. City staff will review the plans, and based on zoning requirements, will either approve them or request that you make changes. For properties within the Historic District, submit plans to Historic District Committee for a Certificate of Appropriateness. 
  • Once approved by Town Staff and/or Historic District Committee, submit plans to the Warren County Planning and Zoning Department. County staff will issue a building permit once all building codes and zoning requirements have been met.

County Zoning: 252-257-7027 
County Building Department: 252-257-1305 
Town of Warrenton 252-257-1122

3. Sign restrictions may apply.  Before erecting any signs at your business location, contact the Town Administrator’s office at 133 South Main Street.

4. Fire Inspection. Contact Town Hall 252-257-1122 to schedule a fire inspection prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy

5. Once your building passes all inspections, obtain a Certificate of Occupancy from County Staff. The CO may be applied at any time during the process but the certificate cannot be issued until all inspections for any other permits have been completed.


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