(Formerly known as Business License User Fee Department)
The Department of Revenue Collections collects revenues totaling more than $59 million per year in the form of fees for accommodations, business licenses, solid waste disposal and hazardous material services. This Department also files legal actions against delinquent accounts and maintains bankruptcy files.
Mon. - Fri. 8:30am - 5pm
Listed below are links to the Business License Ordinances for the County and several municipalities. These ordinance are all administered by Charleston County's Business License Department.
The solid waste disposal fee covers the cost of disposing of household garbage and commercial waste. The fee also covers the costs of picking up, sorting and processing recyclable materials. While not all residents receive curbside recycling pickup service, drop sites are available to all County residents.
According to County ordinance, "Every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession . . . ." If one realizes any income from a business activity, excluding employment by others who hold business licenses, that person is required to purchase a license.
To receive a first-time license, you should go to the Business License Office at the Charleston County Public Services Building.
Once you have obtained your initial license, you may renew it online with your Visa or MasterCard, or mail your renewal application and payment. Fill in all required information, including gross receipts, any deductions and the calculated license fee. You must sign and date the application.
Send payments to:
Charleston County Business License Department
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405-7464
The license renewal form and fees are due by January 31st of each year. January 31st is the last day to renew without penalties. If payment is received after this date, a 5 percent per month penalty will be assessed on the license fee due.
There are zoning regulations required for new businesses and a zoning permit must be obtained before a new license may be issued. You may contact the Zoning & Planning Department for more details.
After your payment has been processed, we will mail your license receipt for payment to the mailing address indicated on your account.
City of Charleston
City of Folly Beach
City of North Charleston
City of Isle of Palms
Town of Awendaw
Town of Hollywood
Town of James Island
Town of Kiawah Island
Town of Lincolnville
Town of McClellanville
Town of Meggett
Town of Mount Pleasant
Town of Ravenel
Town of Rockville
Town of Seabrook Island
Town of Sullivan's Island
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