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Local Business License

There is no single all-encompassing State business license; however, nearly all cities and towns in the state require a business license. Nine counties in SC require business licenses, including those shown below.

Aiken and Greenville Counties require an application but no fee. Williamsburg County requires an application and a $15.00 Administrative Fee.

 

City & Town Offices

County Offices

 

The business will usually need a local business license in most of the municipalities where business is physically located and conducted. For example, 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 generally required to have business licenses.

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 above. For example, 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.

Notes:
If a foreign business (a business that was initially registered outside South Carolina) does not have physical presence or “substantial nexus”, the business may not need local business licenses.