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Business Assistance

City staff provides assistance to prospective business owners in opening their business in our community. While there is information available on the website, we encourage you to contact City staff for assistance in the process to ensure the most efficient use of your time and to discuss permit and approval requirements. New to the area? Check out the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce.

Business License

Any business located within North Augusta, or any non-resident business that operates within the city limits of North Augusta, that engages in any occupation or activity with the object of gain, benefit, or advantage, either directly or indirectly, is required to purchase an annual business license for the calendar year. If you need assistance please contact The Finance Department at 803-441-4216 or Email.

Home Business

If you plan on starting a home based business there are some requirements that you will need to consider. You must apply for a business license and a home occupancy license for any home occupancy.


Prior to being issued a business license, the applicant’s place of business must meet all applicable Zoning, Building, Signage, and Fire and Life Safety codes, must have received a final inspection by the City’s Building Inspections Department and must have received its Certificate of Occupancy. If you need assistance please contact the Planning Department at 803-441-4221 or Email.

Additional requirements, such as special land use permits, may exist for certain types of businesses, such as restaurants serving alcohol, auto repair facilities, or home-based businesses.

Business Resources

The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce has been moving business forward in our community for over 60 years. Founded in 1951, the North Augusta Chamber is a great place to educate, promote, and grow your organization. We currently serve approximately 400 members, with five members who have been a part of our Chamber for over 40 years.

South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS) is a free, government-provided online source for existing and emerging businesses. The website provides a bridge between business and South Carolina State Agencies. SCBOS provides assistance in starting, running, expanding and relocating a business. Associated with the website is a Help Desk that is easily accessible and knowledgeable. This will save business time in complying with State requirements.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce is here to help grow new and existing businesses. We believe every business, large or small, deserves every benefit it can get. That's why we work with statewide partners to develop services to help both local businesses and global enterprise industries be as successful as possible.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

For more than thirty years, entrepreneurs have turned to South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) for help expanding an existing business or starting a new enterprise. Through free consulting, low-cost seminars and links to resources, the SC SBDC helps jump start startups and makes existing businesses thrive. SC SBDC consultants work with companies in all stages of development – from a person with an innovative product but no idea how to move forward to the owner of a company looking to capture new markets.