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News Release

Town of Hilton Head Island to Waive Penalties and Late Fees For Business License Renewals

Release Date: March 18, 2020

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618

The Town of Hilton Head Island announced today that all penalties and late fees associated with business license renewals will be waived through June 30, 2020.

Town code mandates that business licenses must be renewed by April 30. But, given the circumstances with the coronavirus (COVID-19), Town officials are giving a break to business owners who may not meet that deadline.

"As businesses deal with the impact of the coronavirus on their operations, we want to provide as much support as we can to help them through this difficult period. We will make adjustments as we can to assist our local businesses amidst cancellations, a drop in business and an overall downturn in the economy," said Town Manager Steve Riley.

Town Hall is still open during normal hours. In following guidelines from the South Carolina health department and the Centers for Disease Control, Mayor John McCann asked citizens to limit their visits to Town Hall and conduct business online as much as they can.

Thus, business owners are encouraged to complete renewals online through the Town's website at www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov. Most business owners with a valid 2019 business license and no change to their name or address are eligible to renew their business license on-line. To access this service, go to the Town’s website at www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov and select the Online Services tab; in the drop down box, click on the Business Related Fee/Tax Payment link. Enter your business license number and your PIN code (found on your renewal form) and follow the step-by-step instructions to make your payment.

Exceptions to the on-line renewal process are business licenses requiring special processing such as but not limited to mobile food operators, distributors of pool tables or amusement machines and taxi accounts. Business owners in these categories should call the Revenue and Services office at 843-341-4677.