Business Licenses

Business License Application

Businesses within commercial structures require a Fire Inspection to receive a Business License -

Fire Inspection Application

Online Business License Renewal

The City of North Charleston business license ordinance requires every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession, in whole or in part, within the corporate limits of this city to pay an annual license fee and obtain a business license.

Business licenses expire December 31 of each year and renewals are due before January 31. A new business shall be required to have a business license prior to operation within the city.  For more information call (843) 740-2639 or email Cynthia Rollins.

Business licenses can be purchased in the City's One Stop Shop on the 3rd floor of City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane.

Code of Ordinances - Article II. Business Licenses

Business license listing for established businesses within the City are available the County of Charleston's online portal. For more information call the City at (843) 740-2639.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to buy a business license?
Every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession in whole or in part, within the corporate limits of the City of North Charleston is required to purchase a license. In accordance with the City of North Charleston Business License Ordinance.

Can I apply for, or purchase a new business license online?
No. No business license shall be issued until the applicant first submits documents necessary to establish compliance with City Zoning Ordinance, Building Code, Fire Code and other regulatory Codes.

Where can I obtain a new business license?
North Charleston Business License Office, in the One Stop Shop on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406, (843) 740-2634, or (843) 740-2632.

Where can I renew my business license?
4045 Bridgeview Dr, North Charleston, SC 29405 or in the One Stop Shop on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406, and online at www.charlestoncounty.org - click on Departments.

How can I renew my business license?
You may pay by Check, Cash, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express in the One Stop Shop on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406 or by Check or Cash at 4045 Bridgeview Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405.

How do I receive my license if I pay online?
After your payment has been processed, about two or three days, your license will be forwarded to the mailing address indicated on your account.

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