Regulations & Requirements
Persons engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession within the limits of the City of Camden is required to obtain a Camden Business License. Business Licenses are valid from May 1 to April 30 and must be renewed each year. In addition, Occupancy permits are required for any new business and the relocation of any existing business and should be submitted alongside your Electric service, Water service and Business License application. Both can be found under Helpful Forms below.
Therefore, commercial buildings have defined design standards, and certain commercial districts, such as the downtown core district, have more restrictive guidelines. Determine if your business must meet certain requirements when it comes to windows, awnings, paint colors and more.
The City of Camden has regulations for signage, which are designed to protect public safety and ensure the maintenance of an attractive physical environment, while also satisfying the needs of business owners for adequate identification, communication and advertising. Businesses must have a permit for any permanent signs on their buildings or temporary signs in the public right of way. The City’s Planning & Development office can help you determine your building’s sign requirements and issue a permit for signage.
The City of Camden encourages outside dining and the use of beautification items displayed in front of stores, such as planters and benches. However, sidewalks are public property and the city must also provide for the safety of pedestrians. Business owners are responsible to know and follow the encroachment requirements, and apply for necessary permits.
In an effort to protect the local environment and lessen the economic and environmental costs of managing waste, businesses operating within Camden city limits should not provide single-use plastic carryout bags to customers. Businesses may provide reusable bags made of paper, cloth or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mil thick recyclable plastic and designed for multiple reuse, or encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags.
Helpful Business Forms
Looking for all the forms you need? We’ve provided an easy way for businesses to access all the forms required to get and stay compliant in the City of Camden. For all applications and additional information, please contact the Finance Department at (803) 432-2421.