Starting A Business

Start your business here in Spindale! 

We are located in the center of Rutherford County, North Carolina, nestled in the beautiful Western North Carolina Foothills.  


Feel free to call or visit us at Town Hall  for assistance or guidance in making Spindale your new business home!

Spindale Business Zoning Permit Requirements

          All businesses or businesses changing use, ownership or location are required to obtain a Zoning Permit.  

 Check which zoning district your property is zoned for.            

Find your property on Spindale’s Zoning Map.          Type in your property address at Rutherford County NC GIS

  Confirm that the zoning district allows for your business’ proposed use.

Visit and peruse the Table of Permitted Uses.

  Obtain an occupancy rating and fire inspection.

 All new business and/or business changing use, ownership or location are required to obtain a fire inspection before you open/reopen for business under the same or different name.

You can arrange your inspection through the zoning officer at (828) 286-3466.

Create a site plan drawn to scale.

 A site plan drawn to scale indicating shape, dimensions, location, and nature of building or use is required with your zoning permit application.

Consider exterior signage for your business.

You must confirm that the aspects of any proposed sign are within the bounds of the Zoning Ordinance’s Signage Regulations.  

A separate Sign Permit is required.  Pick up at Town Hall or download online.

·       Fees associated with the zoning permit process are payable by Check or cash at the Town Hall, 125 Reveley Street, Spindale, NC. 

Payment by card is not accepted.

·       Our zoning permit process is essential to properly registering your property use and business. The process also provides vital information to town officials, law enforcement, fire/rescue and emergency services.  

       Applicable Statutes: 

       NC GS 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:

Rutherford County Building Inspections

270 North Toms Street

Rutherfordton, NC  28139

(828) 287-6035

Fax (828) 287-6338

8 am - 4:30 pm - Monday through Friday

NC 811 offers free utility locating in Spindale.