Food Trucks / Mobile Food Units Business License

Mobile Food Units or Food Trucks can operate at special events, festivals, farmer's markets and private events.

  • They are not allowed to operate at Town parks or on the beach.
  • Under special circumstances, mobile food units and food trucks may operate at a fixed location in the town.

If you are in this category, use the following as your business license checklist.

Food Trucks / Mobile Food Units Business License Checklist

Business Entity

  • Copy of Articles of Organization, Articles of Incorporation or Partnership Agreement are required.
    • Not required for Sole Proprietorship.
  • Current list of members, officers or managing partners are required.
    • Not required for Sole Proprietorship.
  • Registration with SC Secretary of State.
    • Out of state business entities will need to obtain a Certificate of Authorization from SC Secretary of State as a Foreign Entity to operate in SC.
    • Not required for Sole Proprietorship.
    • SC Secretary of State
      www.scsos.com or
      803-734-2158

SC does not require you to register your DBA name

SC Retail License is required for all food sales

Current SC DHEC permit for your mobile food unit/food truck

Mobile Food Vendor Vehicle Permit for your mobile food unit/food truck

Food trucks, also known as mobile food vending vehicles, that are equipped with cooking equipment and/or appliances that produce smoke or grease-laden vapors for the purpose of preparing and serving food to the public shall comply with the Town's Mobile Food Vendor Vehicle requirements.

  • Operational permits are issued by the Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue Bureau of Fire Prevention.

Apply for a Mobile Vendor Operational Permit


Current Liability Insurance

Complete the Town of Hilton Head Island Business License Application

Business License Application

  • Application must be signed by owner, officer or principal managing partner.
  • Application made in person must be presented by an owner, officer or principal managing partner.
    • Otherwise, written authorization for an agent to act on owner's behalf is required.
    • Sole Proprietorships are not permitted to authorize an agent to act on owner's behalf.
    • Valid picture ID required.
  • Mail your completed business license application with $10 non-refundable application fee to:
    • Town of Hilton Head Island
      Attention: Revenue Services
      1 Town Center Court
      Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

      You may fax your complete business license application to 843-341-4637.
      We will collect your $10 non-refundable application fee after we process your application.

A business selling prepared food or beverage is required to collect and remit local 2 percent hospitality tax

Questions?

Contact Revenue Services at RS@hiltonheadislandsc.gov or 843-341-4677.