As regulated by state and county ordinances, the Business License office is responsible for processing Business License applications, renewals, and appeals within the unincorporated areas of Dorchester County.

Dorchester County requires every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession, in whole or in part, in unincorporated Dorchester County to obtain a business license.

The business license fee is based on the Class Rate associated with the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS Code to Class Index) and Class Rate for your business activity and gross receipts or gross estimate is used to calculate the business license fee. For gross in excess of one million dollars ($1,000,000), the declining rates are used. Please contact the business license office for assistance in calculating the fees.

The business license year begins September 1st and expires August 31st for all businesses. A 5% late penalty shall be assessed for each month or portion thereof after due date until paid.

Business License Handbook

The Business Owner's Guide to licensing in Dorchester County and other helpful information.