Business License Forms
NOTE! Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the County's closing to the public, all forms must be:
(1) returned by e-mail (in ONE email)
(2) as separate PDF documents,
(3) with only one form, with all pages, in a single PDF file.
Thank you for your cooperation. Not doing so will result in delays.
NOTE! Home-based businesses should expect at least ten business days for the Clearance Form review process to be completed. All other businesses should expect at least fifteen business days for the Clearance Form review process to be completed. Phone calls and e-mails to check the status of your Clearance Form will only result in additional delays. We appreciate your patience while we work as quickly and accurately as we can.
Forms for New Businesses
Application for a New Business License - necessary to apply for a new business license
Clearance Form - necessary (1) to apply for a new business license or (2) to change of ownership or location, used to indicate applicable requirements and obtain approvals from applicable departments to operate
Home Occupation Application (Zoning) - necessary for new, home-based businesses located in Richland County (outside city limits)
2020 Business License Renewal Application
Deductions Worksheet - spreadsheet or PDF document
Section 5 Worksheet - spreadsheet or PDF document
Business License Assessment Survey - used when your business is applying for County grants or to be a County vendor, used to assist staff determine if your business needs a Richland County business license
Business Personal Property Filing Forms
Business Personal Property form – County Filing Form
Business Personal Property form - State PT-100 Filing Form
Business Personal Property Taxes: Frequently Asked Questions
Don't think Business Personal Property Taxes apply to you? Find out. Review the Business Personal Property Tax Certification Form.
Change of Information Forms
Update Form - general form to update information; other forms shown below may also be required
Change of Address Form
Change of Name Form
Change of Business Activity Form
Change of Ownership Form
Business Data Form
Business Permit Form
Closing Form (for businesses closing operations or businesses moving out of Richland County)
Closing Business Form - for Dept. of Revenue
Decals & Stickers Reorder Form
Request for Taxpayer ID # and Certification
* * Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests do not have a form. Requests must be made in writing to the Ombudsman's Office, either to email@example.com or to Richland County, Ombudsman's Office, PO Box 192, Columbia, SC 29202. Call 803-929-600 for more information.
Other License, Permit, or Tax Forms
Commercial Pet Breeders License Application - For more information on a pet breeders license, please click here.
Hazardous Material Certification Statement - For more information on County Hazardous Materials requirements, please click here.
Hospitality Tax Update Form - For more information on County Hospitality Tax requirements, please click here.
Peddlers License Application
Precious Metal Permit Application - For more information, please call the County Sheriff's Department at 803-576-3000 or visit their website.
Temporary Event Application - Zoning