Business License Office

The Business License Office, a division of the Finance Department, is here to assist the local business community with the highest quality of customer service. We facilitate the issuance of business licenses, event licenses, food truck permits, and the collection of hospitality and accommodations fees.

Any business physically located within the City of Beaufort (resident) is required to obtain a business license. All nonresident businesses that conduct business within the City of Beaufort must also obtain a business license.

  1. Business License Tax
  2. Hospitality Fees
  3. Accommodations Fees

South Carolina State Law §5-7-30, and City Ordinance, provides for the assessment of a business license tax against the gross income of business operations. The City of Beaufort assesses the tax based on the business classification according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Taxes are applied to all businesses operating in the City, including those businesses whose operations are based outside the City limits.