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Last updated July 28, 2021

South Carolina LLC
Business Licenses and Permits

Quick Start Guide:
How to form an LLC in South Carolina

Detailed Lessons:

5. EIN Number
6. No Annual Report
7. Business License ← you are here
8. Taxes

 

South Carolina LLC costs:
LLC formation: $125 online or $110 by mail
Annual report: None (for most LLCs)

Need help?
Hire a company to form your South Carolina LLC:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

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After your South Carolina LLC is approved, you’ll need to comply with state and local government license and permit requirements.

Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.

Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being allowed to conduct business.

Types of licenses you may need in South Carolina

Below are some license and permits examples:

  • Department of Revenue State Tax ID number
  • Business operation license/business privilege license
  • Sales tax license
  • Seller/reseller permit
  • Building permit
  • Health permit
  • Signage permit
  • Home occupation permit
  • Zoning and land use permits
  • Withholding taxes (if you have employees)

Industries that are more regulated have more requirements.

Need Help? If you don’t want to make phone calls and determine your licensing requirements yourself, we recommend using IncFile.

Do it yourself in South Carolina

Below are some resources for determining your South Carolina license and permit requirements yourself:

Obtain a South Carolina Tax ID Number

A state taxpayer identification number is issued by the South Carolina Department of Revenue:
South Carolina Department of Revenue
South Carolina Department of Revenue: Registration

Note: Make sure your LLC is approved and you have an EIN Number from the IRS before registering.

Here is some additional information:
South Carolina Department of Revenue: Contact Us
South Carolina Department of Revenue: Registration FAQs
South Carolina Department of Revenue: Sales & Use Tax for Remote Sellers

General and Local Business Licensing Info

South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS) has a checklist for various business licenses your LLC may need at the state and county level.

You can access the checklist here:
SCBOS: County Business License Quick Chart

Business Licenses Handbook

The Municipal Association of South Carolina has a handbook containing guides on various business licenses.

You can access the handbook here:
Municipal Association of South Carolina: Business License Handbook

Other Resources

You can contact any of the places listed below to inquire about any license or permit requirements for your business:

Note: There may be more places in South Carolina you need to contact.

Next Step

After you’ve researched and obtained the proper licenses and permits, you can then proceed to the next lesson: South Carolina LLC Taxes.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
 
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

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  1. Thank you for providing this informative site- it made my process more efficient.

    • You’re very welcome Rachel! Thanks for your nice comment and Happy New Year!

  2. Your step-by-step guide made this such an easy process. Your site is very informative and has an answer for every question mark.

    • That is so great to hear Linsey! Thanks for your comment and I’m glad we could help :)

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