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Starting a Business in York County

In York County, we welcome small business and understand the important role they play in our local economy. Below are some of the many resources available within South Carolina and York County, which enable innovative and productive businesses of all sizes to grow and remain sustainable. 

Business Licenses

York County does not require a business license; however businesses locating or operating inside municipal limits are typically required to pay an annual license fee.  Please use the links below to contact your respective York County municipality for an application.

While York County does not require a business license, it is important to note that for some home-based occupations, a Home Occupation Permit may be required.  Contact the York County Zoning Division or the local municipality in which you live for more information.

If you do not know if you are located inside city or town limits, you can enter your address at the York County GIS address search to confirm. 

Municipal Business License Links

Registering with the SC Secretary of State and DBA Filings

The Secretary of State’s Office does not register DBA or trade names. The Secretary of State’s Office only keeps a registry of legal names of business entities that are organized under the laws of South Carolina or have authority to transact business in the state of South Carolina. 

Sole proprietorships or General Partnerships do not have to file with the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office. Business corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited liability companies are the only business entities that must file with the Secretary of State’s Office.