Guide to Starting and Relocating Businesses
The people listed below are ready to provide information about starting, expanding or relocating a business within the City of Myrtle Beach. Our staff will walk you through the process and see that your project proceeds quickly and efficiently. The answers to some questions will vary depending on zoning, size, use and other factors, so please check with the city before taking action, whether you’re building a new structure or moving into an existing one. You’ll save time, energy and money by calling as soon as possible. See our FAQ page for business license fees, hospitality fee and local accommodations tax fees for additional information.
Will I need a building permit?
When you construct a new building, add to an existing building, alter the interior, make repairs, or otherwise rehabilitate a structure, you will need permits. Before starting, discuss commercial permit requirements with
Plans Expeditor Heidi Soos at 843-918-1165.
How do I get a business license, and what does one cost?
A business license is required to operate a business in Myrtle Beach. To obtain a business license or inquire about license fees, contact the Business License Office at 843-918-1200. It’s in the City Services Building at 10th Avenue North and Oak Street. A downloadable Business License Application, in Word format, is available on the Forms page. You may also wish to visit the Business License Requirements page.
Why are zoning and land use so important in the city?
It’s important that the type of business you wish to establish is allowed in the area of the city where you want to place it. Zoning Administrator Kenneth May, at 843-918-1167, can help determine the zone or zones that are compatible with your intended business. His office is in the City Services Building at 10th Avenue North and Oak Street.