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Statewide License?

The only statewide business licenses obtainable in South Carolina are the Retail Sales and Use Tax and Alcoholic Beverage Licenses. Business licensing and permits are regulated by each individual county in South Carolina. To determine the specific licensing that your business needs you will need to contact the county that your business will be operating in. Research more in Local Resources.


Cities & Towns

Most municipalities require and issue a business license, for further information see the City & Town page where you will find contact information and links to those municipal websites.

Counties that require business licenses:


County Business License Quick Chart
A reference guide for county licensing FAQs. These are the nine SC counties that require business licenses. 
Click on the icon to be redirected to the county site link.

​Beaufort County
Charleston County​Dorchester County
Horry County​​Jasper County​Marion CountyOrangeburg CountyRichland County​​Sumter County
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​License Expire: Dec 31st
Due: Jan 31St
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Sept. 1st - Aug 31st
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May 1st - April 30th
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Due: March 15th
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(843) 255-2270 ​(843) 202-6080 (843) 832-0018​ (843) 915-5620​ ​(843) 717-3657
(843) 423-8238
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(803) 533-6160​ ​(803) 929-6000 ​(803) 774-1601
**This chart is a starting point. For in depth county information, please contact the county office directly. Aiken and Greenville Counties require an application but no fee. Williamsburg County requires an application and a $15.00 Administrative Fee.

Need to register for a business license?

Via the South Carolina Department of Revenue, you may need to register for a retail sales tax license if the following applies to your business:

"Any person engaged in the business of selling tangible personal property at retail in this state is required to obtain a retail license. A separate retail license is required for each business location selling tangible personal property at retail.

The SCDOR can require an out-of-state retailer to purchase a retail license and collect the South Carolina use tax if the retailer:


  • Has retail locations in South Carolina;
  • Maintains an office, warehouse or other place of business in South Carolina;
  • Has a salesperson in South Carolina soliciting orders on a regular basis;
  • Has an agent located in South Carolina;
  • Delivers his/her goods on his/her own trucks and advertises on a regular basis in South Carolina via South Carolina media;


Delivers their goods on their own trucks and advertises on a regular basis in South Carolina via media located outside of South Carolina that has extensive coverage in South Carolina.

NOTE: The above is based on the legal concept of Nexus - the minimal connection necessary between an out-of-state retailer and the state which allows the state to require the retailer to collect the use tax. What actually constitutes Nexus is determined by the courts and may change from time to time. You are advised to be aware of changes. 


A retail license is not required of the following individuals:

  • Persons selling at flea markets or conducting a yard sale no more than once per quarter
  • Certain organizations conducting sales at festivals
  • Persons furnishing accommodations to transients for one week or less in any calendar quarter
  • Certain nonprofit organizations

    Any business or nonprofit organization registered with the SCDOR with a purchaser's certificate is also required to file and pay use tax on their out-of-state purchases of tangible personal property. "

**These terms also apply to online retailers.