Regulatory Information Guides
Are you ready to start a business?
The US Small Business Administration wants to help you make sure. Being ready will help your business succeed in these tough economic times. Click the link to find out if you are ready.
Guide to Doing Business in South Carolina
A legal guide to doing business in South Carolina has been prepared by the law firm of Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham, P.A. This guide has many sections covering a broad range of issues that apply to doing business in South Carolina. Click the link above to go that valuable resource for important information. (C) 2005, regrettably, no further updates.
Local Business Information and Regulations:
- Business Personal Property Taxes
- Hazardous Materials and Waste
- Home Based Business Regulations
- Online Resources At the Library
- SC Local Fees and Taxes and Richland Online
- Zoning and Development Regulations
State Business Information and Regulations:
- Business Planning - USC
- Consumer Credit Regulations
- Financing Your Business
- Food and Beverage Regulations
- Green Business Practices & Award Programs
- Legal Business Structures
- SC Business One Stop
- SC Illegal Immigration Reform Act Info
- State Licensing Requirements
- State Department of Revenue: State Sales Taxes
Richland County Business Licenses:
- About Business Licenses
- Getting Your First Business License
- Renewing Your Business License
- What We Check For
What are business licenses?
They are licenses that businesses pay for in order to do business in the county. They help the county understand the types of businesses operating in the unincorporated areas of the county. This knowledge can help the county be more responsive to the business community’s needs. They also benefit the community at large by ensuring that businesses are legitimate and complying with all Richland County Codes.
When is a business license needed?
They are needed any time a business, whether owned by a single individual or by a group of people, operates or intends to operate within the unincorporated areas of Richland County. Even if a business is located in a city in Richland County or in another county, if a business does business in the unincorporated areas of Richland County, a business license is needed.
Fire Marshal’s Business License Inspection
Any time a business opens for the first time, or has a change of physical location, ownership, or business activity, the Fire Marshal requires the business to be inspected. Please click the above link to be directed to a description of this inspection.
Sign Information and Permit Package
Businesses wanting signs for their businesses are required to apply for sign permits. The size and types of signs allowed can vary. Please click the above link to be directed to this information and permit application package.
Business Personal Property Taxes:
The State Department of Revenue has important information about Business Personal Property Taxes, including information about exemptions. Please click the above link to be directed to this information.
A Business Personal Property Tax receipt is currently required (of all businesses, more than a year old, located in Richland County) to obtain a business license. This receipt documents that all Business Personal Property Taxes have been paid. An example of what this receipt looks like is shown here.
For more information about Business Personal Property Taxes, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.
What Other Counties Require:
There are 46 counties in South Carolina. Each requires various, and different, business fees and taxes to be paid. To see what counties charge which fees and taxes, please click the links below for more information.
From the SC Association of Counties:
- Local-Option Taxes Imposed by Local Entities
- Regulatory/Enforcement Fees
- Special Taxes/Fees Imposed by Counties
- User Fees Charged for Goods and Services Consumed
From the Municipal Association of South Carolina:
- Local Sales and Use Tax Chart and Exemption Information
- Local Tax Designation
Closing Your Business?
Your business exists within Federal, State, and local government databases, and when you decide to close your business, it is important to let the federal, State agencies, cities, and counties know that your business is closing. This will help avoid confusion with unpaid taxes and penalties because the various governments expecting payment from your business was not informed your business has closed.
To close your business with Richland County, please click here for the Closing Business Form.
To learn how to close your business with the State, please click here
To learn how to close your business with the US Government, please click here