Business License

New Business License

All businesses operating in the City of Clinton are required to pay an annual license fee for the privilege of doing business in the City for each of its locations. If you are opening a new business, buying an existing business, or transferring a business to your ownership, you must apply for a new business license under your name and submit a New Business License Application.

Annual license fees are based on a rate class and the gross income for the business. You can find more information in the Business License Ordinance.

Commercial Locations – A certificate of occupancy is required for your business location. This is obtained by complying with any zoning and/or building code requirements as required by the Inspections/Planning Department. Our New Business Planning Guide can assist you with this process.

Outside City Limits – Businesses located outside the City of Clinton municipal limits are also required to have a business license if they engage in business activity within the city.

Contractors Outside City Limits – Contractors without a physical business location inside the City will obtain a business license on the contract amount per job. Please provide a copy of your contract/quote as well as your contractor’s license with your business license application.

Business License Renewals

The business license fee for each calendar year is due at the beginning of the year and is considered past due after April 30th. Renewal forms are mailed out at the end of each calendar year. Business licenses are subject to a 5% penalty per month starting on May 1.
Steps to Renew Your License: 

  • Step 1- Fill out a Business License Renewal Application.
  • Step 2 - Submit your completed application by email, mail, or by stopping by our office located at 211 N. Broad St. Suite A, Clinton, SC 29325. Note: We must receive your email or mail by April 30th to process your application. Any payments made after 5 PM on April 30th are subject to penalties. We do not go by postmarked date for mail.
  • Step 3 – You can pay by phone (864.200.4505) or mail a check to P.O. Box 748, Clinton, SC 29325.
  • Step 4 – Your business license will be issued after we receive your payment. Please post your license in a conspicuous place at your business establishment. A mobile or non-resident business should carry the license with them.

Still have questions about business license or business license renewal?  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions About Business License.