Guide to Starting or Relocating a Business
The city organization is excited to provide the services needed to make your dream a reality! For more information about various topics, click the webpage links below.
- Business License FAQs
- Business License Requirements
- Construction Services Department
- Financial Services Department
- Fire Department
- Parking Meter Season
- Planning & Zoning Department
- Public Works Department
- Residential Decal Program (Prospective Patrons)
- Solid Waste & Recycling Division
- Utility Services & Billing
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 to apply for permits. To discuss commercial permit requirements, contact the Construction Services Department.
How do I apply for a business license and what does it cost?
A business license is required to operate a business in Myrtle Beach. To learn more, visit the Business License Requirements webpage and Business License FAQs webpage. To obtain a business license or inquire about license fees, contact the Financial Services Department's Business License Division at 843-918-1200.
Why is the zoning code so important to prospective business owners?
The city's Zoning Code helps guide growth in Myrtle Beach. Before beginning, it is important to check with the Planning & Zoning Department to verify that the type of business you wish to establish is allowed in a specific location.
What can you tell me about parking requirements, height restrictions and other regulations?
Depending on a type of business and the zone, a variety of parking requirements, height restrictions, density limitations, landscaping regulations and other items may apply. Contact the Planning & Zoning Department to confirm possible parking requirements, height restrictions and other regulations.
Who completes building inspections and why do I need them?
If you need building permits, remember that the Financial Services Department is NOT allowed to issue a business license until a building passes all inspections and permission to occupy your structure has been granted by the Construction Services & Building Department. Inspections may be required at various stages of a project. Contact the Construction Services Department for information.
What do I need to know about signs and exterior lighting?
The city’s sign ordinance regulates the type, number, size, height, placement and area for signage, as well as permitting requirements. Only permanently constructed signs are allowed. Wind-driven, portable and animated signs are prohibited. An ordinance regarding light and glare regulates the type, height, placement, foot candle level and permitting requirements for all exterior illumination devices. To view the city’s Zoning Code or find contact information, visit the Planning & Zoning Department webpage.
Can I show or sell merchandise outside?
Generally, the display of any merchandise outside of any building is prohibited. Conducting business outside of any building or on public property is also prohibited, except when allowed at a city-approved special event.
To learn more about Special Events, visit the Special Events webpage.
Yard sales are prohibited on commercial properties, although temporary use permits for limited outdoor displays are available, subject to restrictions, twice a year. For more information, contact the Construction Services Department for permit information.
What are my requirements for tree protection and landscaping?
As a "Tree City USA," Myrtle Beach has landscaping and tree protection ordinances in effect. To view the city’s tree protection ordinances and find contact information, visit the Planning & Zoning Department webpage.
Who do I ask about stormwater management and public utilities?
New construction projects and renovations may involve stormwater control requirements, as well as impact fees and tap fees. To find out what your business will require, contact the Public Works Department.
What if I'm going to serve food?
For regulations regarding food preparation and service, contact the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) directly. To determine if you need to install a grease trap, contact the Public Works Department.
What is floodplain management?
Whether you build or remodel, floodplain management regulations may apply to your business. To determine possible obligations under the floodplain regulations, contact the Construction Services Department for information. For general questions about floodplain management, contact the Planning & Zoning Department.
Do any ADA requirements exist?
Your business is likely to be affected by the federal "Americans With Disabilities Act" and barrier-free requirements in the building code. To learn more about your responsibilities, contact the Construction Services Department.
What do I need to know about solid waste management?
Solid Waste disposal is a topic to consider in the early stages of business planning. To discuss the solid waste management requirements for your business project, contact the Public Works Department’s Solid Waste & Recycling Division.
Are utility hook-ups inspected?
Yes. For power, gas, water and sewer connection inspections, contact the Construction Services Department.
Who does fire inspections?
To determine if your facility complies with all fire safety regulations, contact the Myrtle Beach Fire Department. Or, send an email to email@example.com.
Where and when are the parking meters active?
Parking Meter Season is March 1 through October 31. For additional information regarding the city's parking meters and pay stations, visit the Parking Meters webpage. Note that the city offers a Residential Parking Decal Program, which allows patrons who are city residents to park at public meters without payment.