​County Offices

Business Licenses

Only 9 counties issue and require a business license, however many counties require you to register your business with them. You will need to contact the county where you are operating to see if you are required to register or if they issue a business license.


Almost all cities and towns in South Carolina require a business operating within their limits to have a business license. Be aware that if your office is in one municipality and you are operating in another, you will probably need a license for both municipalities. 

 

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There is no single all-encompassing State business license; however, nearly all municipalities in the state require a business license. The business will need a local business license in most of the municipalities where business is physically located and conducted. 

Example 1:
If a business is physically located in the City of Columbia and does business in the Town of Irmo, business licenses are required from both Columbia and Irmo.  Home-based and online businesses are required to have business licenses.

Example 2: 
If the business is physically located in or conducts business in the unincorporated (non-city limit) area of a county, the business will need a county business license if that county is one of the counties listed with **. 

Example 3:
If the business has a food truck or is a contractor based in the unincorporated area of Richland County (which requires a business license) and conducts business in the City of Columbia, the business would need a Richland County business license and a City of Columbia business license.


Listed below are links and phone numbers to all the county websites in South Carolina, links marked with "**" will take you directly to a page with a business license application or information on obtaining business licenses for that county.

Abbeville

864-366-5017

Barnwell

803-259-3266

​Cherokee

864-487-8505

Aiken

803-642-1518

Beaufort**

843-255-2270

​Chester

803-385-5133

​Allendale

803-584-3438

​Berkeley

843-723-3800

​Chesterfield

843-623-2535

Anderson

864-231-2213

Calhoun

 803-874-2435

Clarendon

803-435-0135

Bamberg

803-245-5191

Charleston**

843-202-6080

Colleton

843-549-5221​

Darlington

843-398-4100

​Georgetown

843-545-3063

Kershaw

803-425-1500

Dillon

843-774-1400

​Greenville

864-467-7100

​Lancaster

803-285-1565

Dorchester**

843-832-0018

Greenwood

864-942-8500

​Laurens

864-984-5199

​Edgefield

803-637-4000

​Hampton

803-914-2100

​Lee

803-484-5341

​Fairfield

803-712-6502

Horry**

843-915-5620

​Lexington

803-359-8000

​Florence

843-665-3173

​Jasper**

843-717-3657

Marion**

843-423-8238

​Orangeburg**

803-533-6173

​Sumter**

803-774-1660

​Marlboro

843-661-4850 ext 131

​Pickens

864-898-5856

Union

864-429-1600

McCormick

864-852-2231

​Richland**

803-929-6000

Williamsburg

843-355-9321 ext 5300

Newberry

803-321-2100

​Saluda

864-445-4500

York

803-684-2341

Oconee

864-638-4245

​Spartanburg

864-596-2055