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Business License Renewal

All Business Licenses expire on December 31st. As a courtesy, the Business License Division mails renewal forms at the beginning of the year in January. Also, automated phone calls are made in early April to remind businesses of the renewal. License fees for businesses physically located within the city are due no later than April 15th. Beginning April 16th, a late penalty of five percent (5%) of the unpaid fee for each month or portion thereof is due until paid.

 

Out of city businesses must renew their license prior to conducting business in the new calendar year. If you do not intend to conduct business in the city limits, please indicate this on your renewal form and return it to the Business License office.

 

If you do not receive your renewal form, please contact the Business License Division.

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BUSINESS CHANGES & CLOSURES

A name change must be reported to the Business License Division within ten days. A change of address must be reported to the Business License Division within ten days of the business relocating to a new location.The license will be valid at the new address upon compliance with Zoning, Building Codes and approval of other departments as determined by the licensing division.

 

A business license shall not be transferable. Any transfer of ownership shall be considered a termination of the old business and as the establishment of a new business which will require a new business license, based on the income of the old business. Please notify the Business License Division immediately if this occurs.

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DOCUMENTS REQUIRED WHEN RENEWING YOUR BUSINESS LICENSE

A) Prior year IRS tax return. Business must provide a copy (if filing a consolidated return, please provide one of the following:  Income statement; P & L Statement or Sales & Use Tax Report (retail businesses only)


B) Business Personal Property Taxes:  Resident businesses must provide a copy of their BPP receipt for most current year.  For more information please call Richland County at 803-576-2620 or Lexington County at 803-785-8446.
 

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MAIL IN PAYMENTS

 

 

  • Location:  PO Box 7997, Columbia, S.C. 29202
  • Payments Accepted:  Business License  Renewals, Hospitality Tax Remittance, Tourism Development Fees
  • Payment Methods:  Check
  • Fee:  No Fees
  • Hours:  N/A
  • Payment Restrictions: None
  • Location:  Business License, 1339 Main Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201
  • Payments Accepted:  Business License Renewals, Hospitality Tax Remittance, Tourism Development Fees
  • Payment Methods:  Check
  • Fee:  No Fees
  • Hours:  N/A
  • Payment Restrictions: None

 

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WALK IN PAYMENTS

 

 

  • Location:  Business License, 1339 Main Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201
  • Payments Accepted:  Business License Renewals, Hospitality Tax Remittance, Tourism Development Fees
  • Payment Methods:  Cash, Check, Credit Card
  • Fee:  None
  • Hours:  8:30-5:00 M-F
  • Phone:  (803) 545-3345
  • Payment Restrictions:  None
  • Drop Box Location:  1136 Washington Street Side, Right Side of Double Doors
  • Payments Accepted:  Business License Renewals, Hospitality Remittance, Tourism Development Fees
  • Payment Methods:  Check
  • Fee:  None
  • Hours:  8:30-5:00 M-F
  • Phone:  (803) 545-3345
  • Payment Restrictions:  None
 
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