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Business License Division

(843) 918-1200


The City of Myrtle Beach is an ever-growing and thriving place to open and operate a business!  The Business License Division is housed within the Financial Services Department at the City Services Building, 921 North Oak Street.  To see a list of approved business licenses, visit our Issued Business Licenses webpage.  The division is responsible for the following....

  • Issues Business Licenses
  • Hospitality Fee Collection 
  • Local Accommodations Tax Collection
New Business License Year...  Business license renewals are due by April 30.  License renewals received or postmarked May 1 or after will be assessed a five percent penalty of the license fee for each month or fraction of a month until the fee and penalty are paid in full.  Please note that all owners of rental property are required to have a business license.  For more information, call the Business License Office at 843-918-1200.


The Business License Division forms are available in the "Business License, Hospitality Fee, Hospitality Tax & Local Accommodations Tax Documents" folder on the Documents Center webpage.


IN-PERSON APPLICANTS...  Generally, the application process may take seven to 10 business days, but the process depends on the business activity.  The prospective applicant WILL NOT leave with a business license on the same day when submitting the application.  To speed up the process, please complete the entire business license application package prior to the submission visit to the Business License Division, City Services Building, 921 North Oak Street.  Be sure that all signature lines have been signed and dated.

An applicant must submit the Business License Application form and payment for the business license fee at the time of the submission.  Be sure to bring the following….

    • A copy of government-issued photo identification or passport.
    • Signed and dated Affidavit Forms must accompany certain Business License applications.  Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Home Occupation Applicants
- Tree Protection Ordinance and Proper Disposal of Solid Waste Document for Arborists, Lawn Care or Landscaping Businesses

    • All regulatory permits issued by the State of South Carolina, if applicable.  Examples include, but are not limited to:

- Retail License
- Alcohol Beverage License
- LLR License for Contractors
- DHEC Inspection Report
- City Trade Cards

    • Specific businesses will require an approved Safety Plan.
The application is sent electronically to the Zoning Administrator, the Fire Inspector and/or other city department for specific approvals, if required.  ALL applications must be reviewed and approved by the Zoning Administrator to verify a business can exist in the desired location (per the City of Myrtle Beach’s Zoning Code).  Some license applications may require site inspections, safety plans and additional research to determine approval. 

After the Zoning Administrator, Fire Inspector and/or other city departments have reviewed and approved the application, the Business License Division will review the complete Business License package.  Final review ensures that all required department approvals are complete and required documents have been accurately submitted.  After the final review, a business license is issued, printed and mailed to the business owner.
NOTE:  In the event a business license application is disapproved due to failure to meet all requirements, the applicant is notified in writing with a reason provided.  If the applicant is unable to achieve compliance and approval, a refund may be issued. 

MAIL-IN APPLICANTS...  The mail-in application process may take up to two weeks to complete, depending upon the type of business. The City of Myrtle Beach is not responsible for mail carrier delays.  Mailed applicants must follow Step 1, as outlined above, to ensure all forms are complete, signed and dated.  Mail all completed documents to:

 City of Myrtle Beach
Business License Division
P.O. Box 2468
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

 Questions?  Direct any inquiries to the Business License Division at or call 843-918-1200.  We are available and happy to assist you through the business licensure process!