Business License

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All businesses conducting business within the Town of Hilton Head Island, including home based businesses, are required to obtain a business license.

  • Businesses are required to pay an annual business license tax. Each yearly license shall be issued for a twelve-month period of May 1 - April 30.
  • Business License renewals are due April 30th of each year.
  • Business License tax is calculated on your gross revenue reported on your prior year's Federal Income tax return.
    • If you are a new business, your business license tax is calculated on projected gross revenue for the first year of operation.

Business License Tax Standardization Act

The SC General Assembly passed Act 176, SC Business License Tax Standardization Act, to streamline the business license process by creating the same process for taxing jurisdictions across the state. As of January 1, 2022, all municipalities in South Carolina that levy a local business license tax must comply with the law.

The standardization will require all property owners that rent their property to obtain a business license.

Learn more about the Business License Tax Standardization Act


Contact Revenue Services at 843-341-4677.