Vendor Permits

This page will guide you through the steps to obtain and temporary vendor permit and what rules vendors must follow during motorcycle bike weeks and other festivals. 


Obtaining a Vendor Permit

Step 1 - Code Enforcement
Each vendor must obtain a temporary use permit from Horry County Code Enforcement. Code Enforcement approval should be obtained prior to obtaining the Hospitality and Hawkers and Peddlers license.

You may need to apply for a Special Events Permit. The deadline for Special Events Permit Applications is 45 days prior to the first day of the event.
Step 2 - Treasurer's Office
A Hospitality Fee is based on 2.5% of sales with a $125 minimum (cash only). A hospitality fee is applicable from the Treasurer's Office if prepared or modified food or beverage including alcoholic beverage is sold. If the hospitality fee is not applicable they will note that on the permit
Step 3 - Clerk of Court
Hawkers and Peddlers fee is $100 (cash only). The Clerk of Court will sign the permit in issuance of a Hawkers and Peddlers license.
Step 4 - Department of Revenue
All vendors will be required to submit a South Carolina Business Tax Application.

Business Tax Application
  • Spring permits and Fall permits are valid for a 7-day period only.
  • Memorial Day permits are valid for a 4-day period only.
  • Permit must be signed by all three(3) departments and displayed in a visible location by the vendor. ( Code Enforcement Department, Treasurer's Office, and Clerk of Court )

2014 Event Dates

2014 Spring Rally - 7 Day Event
May 12 - 18, 2014
Permits are issued on a first come first serve basis.

First Day of issuance :
  • April 14, 2014 for North, Central and South Strand (Grandfathered Locations)
  • April 17, 2014 for North Waccamaw, South Waccamaw, Western Strand and Public
*Grandfathered permits not picked up by 4:30 PM on April 16, 2014 will be available to anyone on a first come first serve basis.

Tents/structures can be setup no sooner than Monday, May 12, 2014.
Tents/structures and all vendor merchandise must be removed no later than May 18, 2014.
2014 Memorial Day Bike Fest - 4 Day Event
May 22 - 25, 2014
Permits are issued on a first come first serve basis.

First Day of issuance :
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tents/structures can be setup no sooner than Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Tents/structures and all vendor merchandise must be removed no later than May 25, 2014
2014 Fall Rally - 7 Day Event
September 29 - October 5, 2014

First Day of issuance :
  • September 2, 2014 for North, Central and South Strand (Grandfathered Locations)
  • September 5, 2014 for North Waccamaw, South Waccamaw, Western Strand and Public.
*Grandfathered permits not picked up by 4:30 PM on September 4, 2014 will be available to anyone on a first come first serve basis.

Tents/structures can be setup no sooner than Monday, September 29, 2014.
Tents/structures and all vendor merchandise must be removed no later than October 5, 2014.

  • Each vending tent/structure will require an original permit placard. No copies/duplicates will be permitted.
  • One exempt vending tent/structure will be permitted for on-site business owners provided that the merchandise sold in the tent is the principle stock of the store that is sold on a continual basis. These are still required to come in and obtain a Vending Placard even though there is no charge for it. Anything in excess of this one will be considered a vendor and will pay all fees and be treated as a vendor.
  • No more than one (1) dyno unit will be permitted on any vending site and also MUST obtain a Special Events Permit from Horry County Public Safety. Those sites with dyno units abutting residential zones will operate at 90% closed.
  • ONE (1) person from each location shall be determined to be the site coordinator. This will be the ONLY person allowed to pick up permits for the event. Permission letters from coordinator for vendors to pick up permits will not be permitted.

Food and Beverages

Any vendor serving food or drinks must contact the Department of Health and Environmental Control.


Any vendor serving alcohol must contact the South Carolina Department of Revenue to obtain a temporary beer an wine permit.


Locally, the Horry County Sheriff's Department reviews and signs off on special permits. Municipalities are handled by the Chief of Police. Decisions are based on several factors, but not limited to: location, criminal history of applicants, past problems with the vendor(s). Permits will NOT be approved without verifying that the applicant has obtained a valid temporary vending permit (see Obtaining a Permit) (unless selling from a premise which already has a permit, i.e. another bar). Applications must be presented at least 15 days prior to their intended start date. This restriction is clearly written atop the Department of Revenue's application to obtain a temporary beer and wine permit. Contact the Sheriff's Office for the required approval.

Local Laws

  • The legal drinking age is 21.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages in public and having open containers in vehicles are illegal.
  • Motorcycle operators and passengers under 21 must wear an approved helmet under South Carolina law.
  • Speeding laws are strictly enforced, as are seat belt laws
  • Sleeping on the beach is illegal.
  • Thong bikini bathing suits and the public display of certain body parts are illegal and can result in arrest.
  • Parking restrictions are enforced. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed.
  • Private property owners may tow vehicles from their property at the vehicle owner's expense.
  • Blatantly excessive revving and acceleration is a violation of the county's noise ordinance.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any motor vehicle of any kind or nature upon the public beach or within public marsh areas within the county limits
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to possess any type of alcoholic beverage on the public beaches or public access.
  • When litter is thrown from a vehicle or allowed to escape therein, the driver will be held responsible for the improper disposal of the litter, regardless of who throws the litter.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to advertise for sale, manufacture, possess, sell, deliver, or to possess with the intent to deliver or sell drug paraphernalia.

Terms and Conditions

1. Temporary vendors shall be allowed as accessory uses to existing businesses provided that;  
  a. The existing location is of sufficient size to accommodate additional traffic and vending booths shall not displace more than thirty (30) percent of the existing business parking lot.
  b. Vending booths as a conditional use or structure shall be setback twenty (20) feet from the right-of-way line of any public or private roadway. They shall have a minimum separation of six (6) feet from the principal structure or other uses upon the lot. No more than four vending booths may be joined together without providing a minimum 6-foot separation between them and adjacent vending booths.
  c. No vending booth shall be closer than five (5) feet to any abutting side or rear property line. If the property is surrounded by a privacy fence, of at least six (6) feet in height, the side and rear setbacks shall not apply.
  d. Businesses allowing vending shall provide two (2) parking spaces per vendor and the area for vending parking shall be designated as "vehicle parking only" and cordoned off from pedestrian and all other uses.
 
2. Temporary vending shall be allowed on vacant lots in zoning districts allowing retail sales provided;
  a. The vacant lot is of sufficient size to accommodate additional traffic and vending booths.
  b. No vending booths shall be located on the lot closer than twenty-five (25) feet to any property line abutting a street and no closer than ten (10) feet to any other property line and separated from other ending uses by six (6) feet.
  c. Any vacant lot where the property line abuts a residential use or zoning district shall not be allowed to accommodate a vending use.
  d. Vacant lots allowing vending uses shall provide three (3) parking spaces per vendor and provide a designated area on the lot where they are located strictly for vehicle parking only to accommodate this requirement. The designated area shall not be closer than ten (10) feet to the highway right-of-way.
 
3. Temporary Signage must be permitted in compliance with Appendix B Article X and Section 1012 of the Horry County Code of Ordinance.
  a. Temporary signage for such locations that allow vending shall be restricted to locating all signage to the vending booth, which is permitted. (No fee required)
  b. No signage, other than one (1) temporary road frontage sign advertising the location/name of the vending area shall be permitted.
  c. All signage that violates Section 1004 of the Horry County Code of Ordinances will be removed with or without official notification.
 
4. A site plan drawn to scale shall be required showing vendor location, setbacks, existing parking, and designated reserved parking area for vendors and signage location.
 
5. A letter and/or copy of an official lease agreement from the property owner and a copy of the property owner's business license must be provided where vending permits are requested.
 
6. Temporary vending booths selling alcoholic beverages shall be separated one hundred (100) feet from other temporary vending booths selling alcohol beverages.
 
7. All vending locations shall provide proof (receipts for services) of bathroom facilities and litter containment and removal during the permitting process.
 
8. Any vending location that occupies houses or stores a recreation vehicle for vending or overnight purposes shall be limited to the lot on which they are permitted otherwise; RV's shall not be used or stored on any other location other than in the zoning district that they are allowed (Destination Park Zoning District).
 
9. The property owner/lessee or assigns shall be responsible for any violation of this section or any other sections of the Horry County Code of Ordinances. Such violations may result in the revocation or denial of a Certificate of Zoning Compliance for this or any future use as a festival, fair or special event.
 
10. Non profit organizations, exempt from obtaining an Horry County Business License, that sponsor events at which temporary vending occurs shall be required to obtain one Zoning Compliance for such vending locations. A site plan shall be submitted showing the designated area (i.e. blocks, streets, or group of parcels) of-such vending locations. If parking is not being provided within the designated area, the non-profit organization shall provide proof that off-street parking has been reserved and designated to accommodate event patrons. Non-profit organizations shall be exempt from certificate of zoning compliance fees.
 
11. Permits will be valid for the approved dates of such event. No permits will be issued earlier than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled event.
 
Note: All documents and requirements of Section 1304 must be met and approved by Code Enforcement along with payment of all applicable fees in order to reserve locations. Permits are limited in number, please see below.
 
Section 723.6 (B) Temporary Vending Overlay Zones
The Temporary Vending Overlay Zones (TVOZ) are defined as:
1. Southern Strand Temporary Vending Overlay (SSTVO) 25 permits maximum 

The SSTVO shall be defined as that area bounded on the north by SC Highway 544, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Horry-Georgetown County Line, and the west by the Intracoastal Waterway.
2. Central Strand Temporary Vending Overlay (CSTVO) 50 permits maximum 

The CSTVO shall be defined as that area bounded on the south by SC Highway 544, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by US Highway 501, and the west by the Intracoastal Waterway.
3. Northern Strand Temporary Vending Overlay (NSTVO) 75 permits maximum 

The NSTVO shall be defined as that area lying east of western right-of-way line of US Highway 17 from the South Carolina-North Carolina state line to where such highway crosses the Intracoastal Waterway at which point the NSTVO shall be that area bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, US Highway 501 on the south and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west.
4. Southern Waccamaw Temporary Vending Overlay (SWTVO) 75 permits maximum

The SWTVO is defined as the area bounded on the north by US Highway 501, on the east by the Intracoastal Waterway, on the south by the Horry/Georgetown County Line, and the west by the Waccamaw River.
5. Northern Waccamaw Temporary Overlay (NWTVO) 75 permits maximum 

The NWTVO is defined as the area bounded on the north by the North Carolina/South Carolina State Line, on the east by the Intracoastal Waterway, on the south by US Highway 501, and the west by the Waccamaw River.
6. Western Temporary Vending Overlay (WTVO) 100 permits maximum 

The WTVO is defined as the area of Horry County west of the Waccamaw River.

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