Every person or entity engaged in (or intending to engage in) any calling, business, occupation or profession in whole or in part within the town limits of Seabrook Island is required to obtain an annual business license and pay an annual fee for the privilege of doing business within the town. A “business” is defined as any "calling, occupation, profession or activity engaged in with the object of gain, benefit or advantage, either directly or indirectly."
A license is required for all new businesses (including home occupations, rental properties and non-resident contractors) prior to operating in the Town of Seabrook Island. A new or updated license is also required when there is a change to an existing business's ownership or principal place of business.
Businesses operating without a required license may be subject to a fine of up to $500.00 per day.
Business License Fees
The annual business license fee is based upon a business's rate classification (Classes 1 through 8) as well as its gross income from the previous year. Anticipated income is acceptable for new businesses and contractors; provided, however, a license must be updated if actual income exceeds the amount upon which the license is based.
2019 Business License Rates
License Year & Renewals
The town's business license year runs from January 1st through December 31st. Renewal notices are mailed to all existing businesses in December of each year. Licenses are considered "late" if not renewed by February 1st and may be subject to a late penalty of five percent (5%) per month. Late penalties are in addition to the standard license fee.
Commercial vehicles are required to display a town business license decal at all times. New decals are issued each year to businesses with a valid town business license. Decals are for identification purposes only and do not provide access behind the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) security gate.
Effective July 21, 2018, all owners or agents placing advertisements offering a residential unit in the Town of Seabrook Island for rent or lease shall clearly display the current business license number for that residential unit in the text of such advertisement.
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SIPOA Gate Access
A town business license does not grant commercial access behind the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) private security gate. For information about obtaining a commercial pass, please contact SIPOA Security by phone at (843) 725-1575 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit SIPOA Commercial Resources.