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Business licenses are not transferable from one owner to another. The new owner must apply for a business license in their name.
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Every person involved or intending to become involved in any calling, business, occupation, or profession; in total or in part, within the City of Beaufort is required to pay an annual business license fee based on gross income. Gross income is defined as the total revenue a businesses received or accrues during a calendar year collected or to be collected from business done within the city limits Beaufort. Gross income excludes incomes from business done wholly outside of the City of Beaufort on which a license tax is paid to another municipality.
If you live in the City of Beaufort and operate a business from your home, you will need to complete the annual Business License Application and Home Occupation Application (PDF).
Additional requirements include:
Yes, all contractors (defined as) a person, licensee, subcontractor, or business entity that enters into an agreement to perform any service to work to provide a certain product in exchange for valuable consideration (includes, but shall not be limited to a subcontractor, contract employee, or a recruiting or staffing entity), who performs work in the city limits of Beaufort is required to obtain a City Business License (PDF) regardless of whether the business is physically located within city limits or outside the city limits. The contractor's business license fees are abased on the contract amount of the job.
The City offers a 3-year graduated rate for New businesses located within the city limits. This includes:
The City of Beaufort accepts cash, checks, money orders, and credit or debit cards.
With the implementation of our Beaufort Payment Portal, payments can be made conveniently from your computer, tablet, or smart phone.
Except for a Group Event Business Licenses or a Temporary Contractor's License, a company's initial business license is valid from the time they begin operations through December 31st. Every year thereafter, the license requires renewal. Learn more on our City Business License Renewal page.
If you have closed your business, or plan on closing your business, please complete the City of Beaufort Business Closure Form.