County Council of Beaufort requires any business operating within the unincorporated boundaries to obtain a Beaufort County Business License.
Applications for new business licenses are made by submitting a completed application either by mail to Beaufort County Business License Department, Post Office Drawer 1228, Beaufort, SC 29901 or in person at one of our offices:
Administration Building; 100 Ribaut Road Second floor, Room 225.
Bluffton Office: Myrtle Park Professional Center, 4819 Bluffton Parkway - Third floor (room 315).
Opened on Monday's and Wednesday's only, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Please note: the Bluffton office is closed between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. for lunch)
Business License approvals and processing generally take 7 to 10 business days and the license will be mailed to your mailing address.
All business licenses expire on December 31st of each year regardless of when the account was opened and are renewable annually, based on the previous year's gross, on or before May 31st, of current year. Penalties begin to accrue at 5% per month after renewal deadline.
Please note: Depending upon the type of business you start or purchase and where you locate the business, other permits may be required.