Charitable Organization and Business Licenses

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Did you know that many charitable organizations are exempt from the business license tax but are still required to obtain a business license?

If your organization is determined by the IRS to be exempt from Federal income taxes under 26 U.S.C section 501 (c) (3), (4), (6), (7), (8), (10) or (19), your organization will also be exempt from Town business license taxes.

  • All other organizations will be required to pay business license taxes.

If you are in this category, use the following as your business license checklist.

Charitable / Non- Charitable Business License Checklist

Business Entity

  • Copy of Articles of Organization, Articles of Incorporation are required.
  • Current list of members are required.
  • Registration with SC Secretary of State.
    • Out of state business entities will need to obtain a Certificate of Authorization from SC Secretary of State as a Foreign Entity to operate in SC.
    • SC Secretary of State

Copy of IRS determination letter for tax exemption

Complete the Town of Hilton Head Island Business License Application

Business License Application

  • Application must be signed by owner, officer or principal managing partner.
  • Application made in person must be presented by an owner, officer or principal managing partner.
    • Otherwise, written authorization for an agent to act on owner's behalf is required.
    • Valid picture ID required.
  • Mail your completed business license application with $10 non-refundable application fee to:
    • Town of Hilton Head Island
      Attention: Revenue Services
      1 Town Center Court
      Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

      You may fax your complete business license application to 843-341-4637.
      We will collect your $10 non-refundable application fee after we process your application.


Contact Revenue Services at or 843-341-4677.