N.C. R. App. P. 35. Costs
(a) To Whom Allowed. Except as otherwise provided by law, if an appeal is dismissed, costs shall be taxed against the appellant unless otherwise agreed by the parties or ordered by the court; if a judgment is affirmed, costs shall be taxed against the appellant unless otherwise ordered by the court; if a judgment is reversed, costs shall be taxed against the appellee unless otherwise ordered; if a judgment is affirmed in part, reversed in part, or modified in any way, costs shall be allowed as directed by the court.
(b) Direction as to Costs in Mandate. The clerk shall include in the mandate of the court an itemized statement of costs taxed in the appellate court and a designation of the party against whom such costs are taxed.
(c) Costs of Appeal Taxable in Trial Tribunals. Any costs of an appeal that are assessable in the trial tribunal shall, upon receipt of the mandate, be taxed as directed therein and may be collected by execution of the trial tribunal.
(d) Execution to Collect Costs in Appellate Courts. Costs taxed in the courts of the appellate division may be made the subject of execution issuing from the court where taxed. Such execution may be directed by the clerk of the court to the proper officers of any county of the state; may be issued at any time after the mandate of the court has been issued; and may be made returnable on any day named. Any officer to whom such execution is directed is subject to the penalties prescribed by law for failure to make due and proper return.
287 N.C. 671; 324 N.C. 613; 354 N.C. 609; 363 N.C. 901.