l Group Event Business License - City of Beaufort, South Carolina

Group Event Business License

In February 2016, the Beaufort City Council adopted an ordinance amending the section relating to the licensing of group events.  The new rule allows an event organizer to buy and secure an umbrella business license to cover all the participating vendors - rather than each vendor needing to obtain an individual business license for the event or festival.

The amended ordinance exempts public market and short-term vendors.

The group event business license fee is based on the anticipated number of participating merchants/vendors:

Tier I  from 1-5 merchants  $200
Tier II from 6-10 merchants  $400
Tier III from 11-15 merchants $600
Tier IV more than 15 merchants $1,000
Group Event Business License application click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Business License for Groups Events?
  • What are the Benefits?
  • When does it take effect?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Why did the Beaufort City Council make this change?

You can find the answers to the above questions by clicking here.


The goal is to streamline the process and make it easier for organizers and participants to secure the proper business license.

To view the March 3, 2016 Press Release, click here.