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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.

Request for Proposals are publicly advertised on the Town's Web site and in local newspapers, and a vendor may request a copy of any current Request for Proposals by contacting Purchasing.

Prospective vendors may receive future mailings for bid requests if they are on the vendor list. You may print the Vendor Information Form from this site or request a copy from the Purchasing Division, (919) 469-4105 or email dan.elliott@townofcary.org. Complete and return the form to P.O. Box 8005, Cary, NC 27512-8005; or Fax (919) 469-4377. You may also sign up for the Town's electronic Doing Business vendor list to receive notification of bid requests via e-mail.

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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