Business License

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Businesses operating within the City limits of Rock Hill are required to pay an annual license fee for the privilege of doing business in the City. Annual fees are based on the rate class associated with the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the gross income from business conducted in the City. For more information on the Business License requirements, please refer to the Business License Ordinance  and Rate Class Index (scroll to Chapter 11).

Check your estimated Business License with the online Business License Calculator.

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All new businesses must complete a Business License Application Form (PDF) Please note contractors must provide a copy of your contract or quote when applying for a license for a specific job.  Additionally, business located inside the City limits of Rock Hill are required to obtain zoning and building code compliance/approval from the Planning and Development Department before a Business License can be issued. Please see the Planning and Development Department on the third floor of City Hall or contact them at 803-329-5590 for more information. If your business is outside of the City limits, please check "Location not inside City limits."  A Business License Renewal Form (PDF) may be completed each year thereafter. This form may be completed and submitted and paid electronically. The fee for each calendar year is payable on the first day of January and is past due after April 30 in each year.

Business License Frequently Asked Questions

Please Note:
Business Licenses are subject to a 5% late fee per month beginning on the first of May each year. The late fee is not included in the estimated business license calculated on this site's business license calculator. Pay Online Now

For Rate Class 8 businesses, please contact the Business License office at 803-329-7042 or 803-325-2500 to determine the cost of a business license.  Please also note, a copy of the job contract is required for contractor's business license issuance.

Section 11-36. Amount of tax on firms and partnerships.

Where two or more persons constitute a firm or partnership, each principal, in addition to the first, shall be subject to the applicable minimum license tax under this article. After payment of the required minimum, all principals may pay as a firm, partnership or association on a total gross income basis, after taking credit for the number of minimums paid, or in the alternative each principal may pay against his own gross income only.

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