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Starting A Business

     The Town of Spindale is located in Rutherford County, North Carolina one hour east of Charlotte, one hour west of Asheville, and 30 minutes north of Spartanburg, SC midway between Interstates I-26, I-40 and I-85 with easy access from Hwy 221 and Hwy 74.  The Town lies in the center of our County, nestled in the Foothills of beautiful Western North Carolina. 

Marketing Analysis - Zip code 28160
Population - Town Limits 4,300
County Population - 67,810
Ethnicity - 72.80% White, 24.86% African American, .50% Native American .50% Asian, and .80% from 2 or more races.
Median family Income -  $33,583
Elevation - 1,089 ft

Spindale is home to Isothermal Community College, a two-year community college and a part of the North Carolina Community College system.     
     Media - WNCW 88.7 fm, WLOS 13 news bureau, WCAB Radio 590am, and The Daily Courier newspaper.

Town Of Spindale Requirements

     First - Obtain a Zoning Permit from the town zoning officer located at Town Hall, 125 Reveley Street, Spindale, NC  28160 phone (828) 286-3466.  Verify that the business is properly zoned for the type of business to be conducted, and understand signage regulations.  This applies to businesses located in an existing building (new or change of ownership), new construction, long term or temporary, expansion or renovations, as well as home-based business including tent structures over 399sq ft. or 20'X20'. If you are not sure if you need a zoning permit - you most likely do. The permit process is relatively inexpensive but essential to properly registering your property use and business.  Information transferred during permitting also helps; town officials, law enforcement, fire and emergency services with vital owner/contact information.

     Obtain occupancy rating and fire inspection from the Fire Department.  This can be arranged through the zoning officer (828) 286-3466.  If you are a business classified as an assembly, institution or daycare etc. needing an annual or re-occurring fire Inspection, the required fee can be paid at the town clerks office located at 125 Reveley Street. Once the fee is paid then an appointment will be arranged for your business fire safety inspection (also applies to ABC permits.) All other business and industry types are inspected on a 3 year schedule. 

    You should visit the Spindale zoning office before you select a location for your business.  You will also want to make plans to schedule your fire inspection 1 to 2 weeks prior to opening for business.  This will help alleviate last minute issues that may prevent your business or event from opening on time. 
    The fire inspection is required "before" you open for business.
    Applicability -  NCGS 160A-411, 160A-412, & 160A-413
    Spindale Town Ordinance - 94.01 Fire Prevention Code and Hazards

Start water, sewer, and garbage collection through Broad River Water Authority

Broad River Water Authority
P.O. Box 37
138 Duke Street
Spindale, NC 28160

PH: 828-286-0640
FAX: 828-286-3977

Emergency 24-Hour:
PH: 828-287-7776

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F

Maria Hunnicutt, Manager

Building Code Inspections for Spindale are handled by the Rutherford County Building Inspector:

270 North Toms Street
Rutherfordton, NC  28139
(828) 287-6035
Fax (828) 287-6338

8 am - 4:30 pm - Monday through Friday


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