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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 scsbdc.com 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** 
864-366-5017843-398-4100843-423-8238
Aiken CountyDillon CountyMarlboro County
803-642-7642843-774-1400843-661-4850 ext 131
Allendale CountyDorchester County**McCormick County
803-584-3438843-832-0018864-852-2231
Anderson CountyEdgefield CountyNewberry County
864-231-2213803-637-4000803-321-2100
Bamberg CountyFairfield CountyOconee County
803-245-5191803-712-6502864-638-4245
Barnwell CountyFlorence CountyOrangeburg County
803-259-3266843-665-3173803-533-6173
Beaufort County**Georgetown CountyPickens County
843-255-2270843-545-3063864-898-5856
Berkeley CountyGreenville CountyRichland County**
843-723-3800864-467-7100803-929-6000
Calhoun CountyGreenwood CountySaluda County
803-874-2435864-377-1500864-445-4500
Charleston County**Hampton CountySpartanburg County
843-202-6080803-914-2100864-596-2055
Cherokee CountyHorry County**Sumter County**
864-487-8505843-915-5620803-774-1660
Chester CountyJasper County**Union County
803-385-5133843-717-3657864-429-1600
Chesterfield CountyKershaw CountyWilliamsburg County
843-623-2535803-425-1500843-355-9321 ext 5300
Clarendon CountyLancaster CountyYork County
803-435-0135803-285-1565803-684-2341
Colleton CountyLaurens County
843-549-5221864-984-5199
Lee County
803-484-5341
Lexington County
803-359-8000