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Business License

The Town of Hilton Head Island Business License Office and its related online web services will be inaccessible on Friday October 5, 2018, due to a software maintenance and upgrade.

Services that will be unavailable at Town Hall, One Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC, include business licenses, beach passes, accommodation tax, beach preservation fee, and hospitality tax payments. The Town's Facilities Beach Pass Office, 12 A Gateway Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC, will be open to accept applications for beach passes. The software maintenance and upgrade are expected to be completed by 8 a.m. Monday, October 8, 2018.

The Town of Hilton Head Island requires any business operating within the limits of the Town, including home occupations, to obtain a Business License. An individual shall be deemed to be in business if that individual owns and rents more than one (1) residential unit within the Town, and is required to obtain a business license. This applies to both short-term and long-term rentals.

Application for a business license is made by submitting a completed Business License Form to the License Clerk at the Business License Division located at Town Hall or by mailing the completed application to the Town of Hilton Head Island, One Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. There is a $10.00 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of application. Business License approvals usually take from three (3) to seven (7) working days.

Business License Fees

The Business License fee is based upon the type of business, location, and the estimated gross revenue of the business for the remaining calendar year. Fees for new businesses are paid at the time the business is opened. The initial fee is based upon projection of the gross revenue and a pro rata percentage of the annual fee determined from the month of startup.

All Business Licenses expire on December 31st of each year regardless of when the account was opened.

Any business found to be operating without a valid Town Business License will be subject to punishment under the general penalty provisions of the Town Code. Fines may be assessed up to $1092.50 per day of non-compliance.

Please note: Depending upon the type of business you start, purchase or where you locate the business, other permits may be required.

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