Business Licenses

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Berkeley County

Berkeley County does not issue and or require a business license, however many of the municipalities do.

All property used in any business shall be returned for taxation and taxed in the county, city, and town in which it is situated.

Listed below are some helpful links and phone numbers if you are planning on starting a business in one of these communities.

City of Charleston                                            

City of Goose Creek

City of Hanahan 

City of North Charleston

Town of Moncks Corner                            

Town of Summerville


Jamestown   (843) 257-2233

St. Stephen   (843) 567-3597

City of Goose Creek


   Every person engaged or intending to engage in any business, calling, occupation, profession, or activity engaged in with the object of gain, benefit, or advantage, in whole or in part within the limits of the City of Goose Creek, South Carolina, is required to pay an annual license tax for the privilege of doing business and obtain a business license as herein provided.

(Ord 20-014, passed 8-11-2020; Ord. 2021-028, passed 11-9-2021)

Dorchester County

Business License


As regulated by state and county ordinances, the Business License office is responsible for processing Business License applications, renewals, and appeals within the unincorporated areas of Dorchester County.

Dorchester County requires every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession, in whole or in part, in unincorporated Dorchester County to obtain a business license.

The business license fee is based on the Class Rate associated with the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS Code to Class Index) and Class Rate for your business activity and gross receipts or gross estimate is used to calculate the business license fee. For gross in excess of one million dollars ($1,000,000), the declining rates are used. Please contact the business license office for assistance in calculating the fees.

The business license year begins May 1 and expires April 30 for all businesses. For non-payment of all or any part of the correct license tax, the License Official shall levy and collect a late penalty of five (5%) percent of the unpaid tax for each month or portion thereof after the due date until paid. Penalties shall not be waived.

Charleston County

Business License

Charleston County Government 

Charleston County Revenue Collections

4045 Bridge View Drive

North Charleston, SC 29405

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