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Business License FAQs

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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.  The Financial Services Department is located in the City Services Building, 921 North Oak Street. 

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Below you'll find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the business licensure process.  To see lists of recently approved business licenses, visit the New Business Licenses page.

Who needs a business license?

When is the business license fee due?  How is the license fee calculated?

Are rental properties required to have a business license?

Will one license cover my business?

What happens if I operate without a license?

Can the city refuse to license a business?

How long does it take to obtain a business license?

Do I have to display the license?

Where do I apply for a business license?

What is the Hospitality Fee?

Who is responsible for collecting and remitting the Hospitality Fee?

When is the Hospitality Fee due and how is it reported?

When is the Hospitality Fee considered late?

What if the Hospitality Fee is remitted late?

What sales are affected by the Hospitality Fee for restaurants, bars and other feed establishments?

What sales are affected by the Hospitality Fee for convenience stores and grocery stores?

What are some examples of prepared and/or modified food and beverage items affected by the Hospitality Fee?

What are some examples of prepared and or modified food and beverage items NOT affected by the Hospitality Fee?

What sales are affected by the Hospitality Fee for food service as an accessory to the primary business (arcades, amusements, theaters, etc.)?

What sales are affected by the Hospitality Fee for accommodations?

What sales are affected by the Hospitality Fee for paid places of amusement, and what are some examples?

What is the Local Accommodations Tax?

Why was it necessary to implement a Local Accommodations Tax?

Who is responsible for collecting and remitting the Local Accommodations Tax?

When is the Local Accommodations Tax due, and how is it remitted?

When is my Local Accommodations Tax considered late?

What if my tax payment is late?

What sales are affected by the Local Accommodations Tax?

What are short-term or transient accommodations?

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