Animal Control is a public safety function that falls under the Police Department. They assist the public with abandoned or dangerous animals, nuisance complaints, etc. and ensuring that all dogs and cats have their current rabies shots. A Town tag, which may be purchased at Town Hall, is required for each pet. Renewals may be obtained thru PetData or at Town Hall.
Offices to Contact When Starting a New Business
Please see the Business License page
for a list of offices to contact prior to obtaining a business license.
Beer and Wine License
If you are in the business of selling beer and wine, you must first obtain a permit from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABC). After obtaining this permit, you must apply for a beer and wine business privilege license from the Town of Matthews. The Finance Department must view actual permits prior to issuing local Beer/Wine License.
Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE)
500 West Trade Street
Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABC)
The license to sell beer and wine must be purchased annually. The business year for beer and wine business privilege licenses begins on May 1, and ends April 30 of the following year. A license to sell beer and wine must be renewed no later than May 1 of each year.
Privilege License Application
Beer and Wine Business Privilege License Fees
The fee for On-Premises licenses (example: restaurants or lounges) is $30.
The fee for Off-Premises licenses (example: conv. or grocery store) is $15.
Garage / Yard Sales
The Town of Matthews does not permit garage or yard sale signs offsite. No permit or application is required.
Peddler or Solicitor Permit/License
Peddlers and Solicitors/Canvassers must apply for a license with the Town of Matthews Finance Office.
Upon approval by the Finance Office, peddlers and solicitors/canvassers may only sell goods or merchandise during the hours of 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday - Saturday. All other times are prohibited. The license must be carried by the peddler or solicitor at all times while they are engaged in peddling or soliciting/canvassing.
The license period for peddlers and solicitors shall be effective during the fiscal year. The license period for itinerant merchants shall be for one year immediately following the issuance of the privilege license for the specified location on the license. If the said itinerant merchant moves to a new location the license will be void and a new application and license is required.
The following rules and regulations should be adhered to:
- Those peddling or soliciting in door-to-door sales, whether it is residential or commercial sales must be invited to sell their wares by the owners or occupants of the property.
- "No Soliciting" signs on property must be obeyed.
- No peddler or solicitor/canvasser shall obstruct any street, alley, sidewalk or driveway without first obtaining the permission of the property owner or person in lawful possession of the property to do so.
- No peddler or solicitor shall engage in peddling or soliciting on any public street, alley, parking lot or other public place after having been requested to desist by any law enforcement officer employed the Town.
- No peddler or solicitor shall shout or cry out to sell his wares, goods or merchandise, nor blow any horns or use any other similar device to attract the attention of the public.
Please be aware that it is a class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $200 for a person to:
- Fail to obtain a license as required by this Article.
- Knowingly give false information in the application process.
- If a person fails to produce his privilege license later produces in Court a valid license which has been issued prior to the time the person has been charged with such violation, such person shall be found not guilty of the violation of conducting business under this Article without first obtaining a privilege license.
For more information contact Lindsey Wiggs, at 704-708-1238 or email.