New Business Licenses

We are pleased that you are considering the City of Charleston for the location of your business. All new Businesses located in the City must comply with our Zoning Ordinance. Please contact our Zoning Department at 843-867-7679 to see if your type of business is allowed or to confirm that the zoning and physical layout of the building and site are appropriate for the use intended and complies with the city’s ordinances.

Applications Required For New Businesses 

Commercial Locations

A Business License Certificate of Occupancy Application must be submitted and approved by Zoning, Fire Marshal and Building Inspections before a license can be issued.

Home Based Business

If you are conducting business out of your home, please complete the New Business License Application (PDF) and Home Occupation Application (PDF).

Businesses Located Outside City Limits 

New Business License Application
* We now accept the standard business license application provided by the MASC


Non-profit organizations may be exempt from the city’s business license fee. In order to determine if your organization is exempt, you must complete and submit a Business License Certificate of Occupancy Application to the Revenue Collections - Business License Division.

Important Documents