Business License Fees

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The Town of Hilton Head Island requires any business operating within the limits of the Town, including home occupations, to obtain a Business License.

Business License tax is calculated on your gross revenue reported on your prior year's Federal Income tax return.

  • 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.
  • Any business found operating without a valid license will be subject to punishment under penalty provisions of the Town Code. Fines may be assessed up to $1087.50 per day of non-compliance.

New Business

  • There is a $10.00 non-refundable business license application fee payable at the time of application submittal.
  • Your business license tax is calculated on projected gross revenue for the first year of operation and a pro-rated percentage of annual fee based on month of opening.
  • Fees for new businesses are paid at the time the business opens.
  • Depending upon the type of business you start, purchase or where you locate the business, other permits and related fees may be required.

Additional Taxes and Fees


Contact Revenue Services at 843-341-4677.