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​County Resources


Most counties have a Chamber of Commerce or Economic Development Department. Take advantage of these free resources to help your business start and grow. 

Additionally there is a Small Business Development Center near you that can help with business plans, financial planning, and more. Visit to find your local office.


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.

Need county contact info? Find your location below.

Abbeville CountyDarlington CountyMarion County** 
Aiken CountyDillon CountyMarlboro County
803-642-7642843-774-1400843-661-4850 ext 131
Allendale CountyDorchester County**McCormick County
Anderson CountyEdgefield CountyNewberry County
Bamberg CountyFairfield CountyOconee County
Barnwell CountyFlorence CountyOrangeburg County
Beaufort County**Georgetown CountyPickens County
Berkeley CountyGreenville CountyRichland County**
Calhoun CountyGreenwood CountySaluda County
Charleston County**Hampton CountySpartanburg County
Cherokee CountyHorry County**Sumter County**
Chester CountyJasper County**Union County
Chesterfield CountyKershaw CountyWilliamsburg County
843-623-2535803-425-1500843-355-9321 ext 5300
Clarendon CountyLancaster CountyYork County
Colleton CountyLaurens County
Lee County
Lexington County