Business Licenses

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How to Apply for a Business License

The City of Marion requires every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession in whole or in part within the limits of the city to pay an annual license fee and to obtain a business license as provided in the city ordinance.

To obtain a Business License or inquire about fees, visit the City Clerk's Office at 107 S. Main St., or call (843) 423-5961 or e-mail City Clerk LaKesha Shannon at

You will need to provide:

  • The business name
  • The business location
  • A brief description of the business
  • The owners name and Federal ID # or Social Security number under which to obtain a license

All contractors must provide a copy of their state contractor's license.

The Business License fee is based upon the type of business, location, and the projected gross income of the business for the balance of the calendar year. All business licenses expire on June 30 of each year.

Business Changes & Closures

A name change must be reported to the Business License Department within ten (10) days.

A change of address must be reported to the Business License Department within ten (10) days of the business relocating to a new location. The license will be valid at the new address upon compliance with Zoning, Building Codes and approval of other departments as determined by the licensing department.

A business license shall not be transferable. Any transfer of ownership shall be considered a termination of the old business and the establishment of a new business, which will require a new business license, based on the income of the old business.

Please notify the Business License Department immediately if this occurs.

Business License Renewals

All Business Licenses expire on June 30. As a courtesy, the Business License Department mails renewal forms in May. Second notices are mailed in late June or early July.

Beginning August 1, a late penalty of two percent (2 %) of the unpaid fee is due until paid. Beginning September 1, a late penalty of ten percent (10 %) of the unpaid balance is due until paid. The penalty increases ten percent (10 %) each month thereafter until paid.

If you do not intend to conduct business in the city limits, please indicate this on your renewal form and return it to the Business License office.

If you do not receive your renewal form, please contact the Business License Department.