Business Resources

A Guide to Doing Business in Downtown Statesville

Your Guide for Doing Business in Downtown Statesville is our effort to make it easier to expand, relocate or start a business by providing handy, valuable information – all in one place. As a general reference, you will find this guide useful in contacting the appropriate local, county, and state departments for your needs. It is meant to be a resource for obtaining contact information for permits, licenses and other information necessary for starting, expanding and conducting business. We want Downtown Statesville to be your location of choice.

Signage and Awning Permits

When considering signage for your downtown business we encourage all businesses to meet with the Planning Department first before any signs are created or installed. This will assist in understand all the different types of signs that are permitted in the downtown district, the amount of signage that will be allowed on your building and to understand the process required to obtain sign permits. Contact Marci Sigmon in the City of Statesville Planning Department at 704-878-3578.

Design Review Guidelines

The City of Statesville Downtown Design Review Committee was created in 2008 to protect the architectural integrity of Statesville’s Downtown Structures. Any exterior changes you might be considering on a building located in the CB: Central Business District, CBP: Central Business Perimeter and the Downtown Municipal Service District must follow the Downtown Design Guidelines (available for download here) and you must receive approval from the City of Statesville Design Review Committee before any work begins. For more information or to request a Design Review Application please contact Marci Sigmon in the City of Statesville Planning Department at 704-878-3578 or

Design Assistance

All businesses located in the downtown district are welcome to take advantage of expert design assistance available through North Carolina Main Street. Please contact DSDC at 704-878-3436 or to discuss this opportunity and application process.

Sign Grant Program

Downtown Statesville Development Corporation’s (DSDC) new Sign Grant Program is intended to encourage and stimulate the introduction of quality pedestrian-oriented Dimensional Projecting and Prismatic Lettering signage into the downtown.

Signs are as much a part of our Main Street community as the buildings themselves. Their primary function is to identify businesses to customers but they also make an image statement of the business, contribute to the look of the buildings they are on and contribute to the overall look of downtown. A well designed and properly maintained sign can enhance the unique image of a downtown and favorably influence people’s perceptions of individual businesses and the district as a whole.

The purpose of the Sign Grant program is to provide grants to Downtown Statesville businesses to promote the creation of classic signage that strengthens the brand, creates a memorable impression using dimension and are pedestrian in nature.

It is intended that such improvements to signage will enhance the Downtown Statesville business environment through better education of customers and visitors and contribute to the overall look of downtown.

Businesses within the Downtown Statesville municipal service district can download a copy of the guidelines and application below or call our office 704-878-3436 or email to request a copy.

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