Open for Business

The City of Anderson is a thriving municipality of Upstate South Carolina and is a great place to start or expand a business. ¬†The City’s Economic Development Division has set out to make certain that your business is successful from day one and for many years to come.

Our vision for a thriving, progressive community that offers numerous opportunities to live, work, and play has shaped the strategies we employ for business recruitment, retention and redevelopment. The City of Anderson is home to a diverse blend of restaurants, entertainment, craftsmen, offices, shops, artists, and many residents; making it a great area for economic investment.

Business Links:
Cities Mean Business
Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
Start Your Business: Step-By-Step Guide

Starting a New Business Checklist:

  1. Contact Anderson City Planner for special zoning restrictions | Planning Department 864-231-2222
    Application For Rezoning
    BAR Application For Certificate Of Appropriateness
    BAR Certificate Of Appropriateness Checklist
    BZA Application For Conditional Use
  2. Determine the level of building code improvements necessary to operate| Building and Codes Department 864-231-2217
    Schedule of Fees
  3. Submit architectural, site, and landscaping plans to Anderson City Building and Codes Department Plan Reviewer. Once approved, select SC licensed general, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical contractors (as needed)
    Site Development Checklist
    Plan Review Tracking Sheet
  4. Obtain Building Permit from the Anderson City Building and Codes Department
    Permit Application
  5. Submit plans to the Anderson City Planner to determine appropriateness and property’s subjectivity to architectural review.
  6. Submit sign application to Anderson City Planning Department
    Sign Permit Application
  7. Home Occupation Permits
    Home Application Checklist & Application for Home Occupation Permit
  8. Once your building and site has passed final inspection (arranged by your contractor) you will be issued a Certificate of Occupancy.
  9. Time to get your business license! |Business License Department 864-231-2213
    Business License Application
  10. Set up your utilities.  | Electric City Utilities 864-260-6347
    Water and/or Sewer Service Application



  • DHEC 864-260-5585


  • Duke Energy 864-370-5164


  • Piedmont Natural Gas 864-235-5844

Utility Locator Services

  • Palmetto Utility Protection Service 800-922-0983

Telephone and Internet

  • AT&T 800-222-0400
  • Charter 888-438-2427
  • Community Connect 864-965-9000