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Every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession or maintaining an office(s) within the city limits of Greenwood is required to pay a fee and obtain a business license. License fees are based upon the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and the gross income earned. Download the City of Greenwood Business License Rate Schedule Here. Each annual license shall expire December 31st of the calendar year issued and is renewable without penalty from January 1st until April 30th of the following year unless stated otherwise. To obtain additional information on the City’s Business License call (864) 942-8419 or send an email to license@cityofgreenwoodsc.com.

INSIDE CITY LIMITS BUSINESSES:

New: All businesses must have a completed Code Clearance Form approved by the appropriate agencies. Once this form has been completed, please contact the Building Inspection Department (942-8424) to receive a Certificate of Occupancy. A copy of the Certificate of Occupancy, code clearance form and a business license application must be submitted in person to the Finance Department for approval of your business license request.

Renewals: You should receive a renewal form by January 30 of each year. In order to renew your business license you will need to submit the application, copy of your business tax return or other approved proof of income and proper payment. To determine your license fee, you may use the online rate calculator or contact our office at 864-942-8419. Your rate code can be found on the business license renewal form or you may contact our office for assistance. IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR LESS THAN 3 FULL YEARS, please contact our office as your fee may need to be adjusted.

OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS BUSINESSES:

New: If your business is located in Greenwood County you must have a completed Code Clearance Form approved by the appropriate agencies. Once this form has been completed, please contact the Building Inspection Department (942-8424) to receive a Certificate of Occupancy. A copy of the Certificate of Occupancy, code clearance form and a business license application must be submitted in person to the Finance Department for approval of your business license request.

If your business is NOT located in Greenwood County you simply need to fill out a business license application and submit it to the Finance Department for approval and payment of the appropriate fee.

Renewal: You should receive a renewal form by January 30 of each year. In order to renew your business license you will need to submit the application and proper payment. To determine your license fee, you may use the online rate calculator or contact our office at 864-942-8419. Your rate code can be found on the business license renewal form or you may contact our office for assistance. IF YOU HAVE HAD A CITY OF GREENWOOD BUSINESS LICENSE FOR LESS THAN 3 FULL YEARS, please contact our office as your fee may need to be adjusted.

Contractors Requesting a Business License By the Job

For contractors wishing to obtain a business license by the job, please complete a one-job license application. If you are not working under a licensed General Contractor, you may be required to have a license through the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Please visit their website for more information: http://sc.gov/pages/external.aspx?http://www.llr.state.sc.us/.

Change of Address

Any business that moves to a new location within Greenwood County must obtain a new Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.). In order to obtain a new C.O., complete the Code Clearance Form and then contact the Building Inspection Department (942-8424). You will need to then submit the C.O. to the Finance Department along with your current business license to receive an updated license.

Change of Ownership

If the majority ownership of your business has changed, you will need to obtain a new business license as licenses are non transferable. Please review the New Business Instructions above for procedures.

Starting a New Small Business

For assistance with starting a new small business in Greenwood, please contact the following:

Greenwood Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
USCOG Building
430 Helix Road
Greenwood, SC, 29646
(864) 941-8092
Contact: Matt Wiggins: wigginw@clemson.edu

 

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