Permitting and Inspections
To apply for a permit call Bobbi Jo Seabrook, Permit Clerk, at 843-719-7914. Any required forms can be found by clicking here
To schedule an inspection please email email@example.com
or call 843-719-7914 and leave a message with permit information and address. THE CUT-OFF FOR NEXT DAY INSPECTIONS IS 4:00 PM.
Inspections occur between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you have permits active with Meritage and have a user name you can schedule inspections online.
- To submit electronic plans: fill out permit application and submit along with the plans, site plan, HVAC load calculations, and list of subcontractors (with email addresses and LLR licenses) & send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Opening a new business? Please read our New Business and Inspection Checklist.
Inspection Changes | February 23, 2017
- On-Street Parking in all subdivisions (Parking on ONE side of the Street ONLY).
- After FIVE (5) items are found to be in code violation inspections will stop and be deemed NOT READY.
- All contractors are required to inspect (Punch / Walk) their homes prior to scheduling or rescheduling any inspections.
- Same day inspections must be approved by Building Official before scheduling.
Required as of March 6, 2017
- No more than two (2) each CO Finals and Complete Rough-In inspections per day per contractor can be scheduled.
- CO final inspections – homes must be 100% move in ready at time of inspection to be approved.
- Sheathing inspection
- All Rough inspections will be combined as of March 6th.
- House wrap inspection
- Engineer Soil Test Letter must be on site or emailed to Building Department before scheduling inspections.
- Site Plans must be available for all roughs / slabs / footing / rebar / bond beams inspections and truss drawings. Plans may be e-mailed or on home site.
- Reinspection fees will apply to all inspections after the initial inspection.
- Reinspection fees will apply to Permanent Power/Gas and CO finals if not approved on initial inspection.
- Reinspection Fees must be paid before rescheduling any inspection.
- Water column test for rough plumbing is required to be above the highest trap (second or third floor) and 10’ on plumbing under slab inspections.
- Insulation is required to be identified by markings of (R factors) on all unfaced insulation.
Required as of April 1, 2017
- Bath vent connectors are required by code to not exceed 14’ (603.6.2.1 2015 IMC).
Permit Submittal Requirements
- Site Plan Engineering
- Comm check & energy calculation
- HVAC load calculations
- One digital and one paper preliminary set for mark ups; then one digital and one paper final revision
Residential Homes and Additions, including Sheds, Garages, and Shops
- Site Plan drawn to scale
- Building Plans designed to 130 mph wind zone and D2 seismic zone
- RES check & HVAC manual J
- Building Plans, two paper copies and one digital
- Interconnect paperwork from utility provider
- Engineering letter for roof certification
- Electrical line diagram
- Fastener details, type and spacing
- Licensed Electrician/PV
- Roof Anchors installation packet
Whole House Generators
- Electrical Permit Application
- Electrical line diagram
- Site Plan and location
- Fuel Type and clearances
- Wind zone requirements (anchorage)
Electrical safety inspection
All structures without power for more than one year require an electrical safety inspection in order to reconnect power. Town inspectors will perform this service for residential properties only. Licensed commercial electric contractors are required to perform this for commercial properties.
Work performed by Town inspectors on residential properties can be found here.
Building Codes in Effect
Building Codes used within the State of South Carolina are adopted through the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Building Codes Council. All general, residential, and specialty contractors performing services in the State of South Carolina must be licensed.
Currently adopted codes:
- 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
- 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
- 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
- 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
- 2015 International Fire Code (IFC)
- 2014 National Electric Code (NEC)
- 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
- 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
- 2015 International Existing Building Code; (IEBC)
- 2015 International Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities
- 2015 International Property Maintenance Code
- 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
To access information regarding State regulated Building Codes and Contractor Licensure follow the link below:
South Carolina Building Codes Council
South Carolina Building Codes Council Registration/Licensing
To access education opportunities and or obtain a copy of the Codes follow the link below:
National and International Codes
Windload and Seismic Design Criteria
Design criteria for plan submittal must meet a minimum of 133-140 mph winds, "D" Seismic for Commercial and "D-2" Seismic for Residential. Plans shall have a Code Analysis, Design Pressures (D/P Rating) for all doors and windows, soils reports for commercial and soils assumption for residential, detailed construction documents for all disciplines. Required Special Inspections for Commercial Projects. Impact glazing is required for all areas.