Commercial Building Permit

Permit Application

Required Documentation

Application Process for Commercial Construction

All Building applications begin in the Zoning Department.

  • Building application filled with completed information (owner's name, owner’s contact information, and contractor’s name, contractor’s information, contractor’s state license, and engineer’s name, engineer information, signed and dated).
  • Accurate and scaled plot (site) plan that provides intended use, location of property line, parking spaces (9’x19’ with 24 ft. two-way aisles), landscape and buffering plan (zone buffers, if applicable), interior lot landscaping, undisturbed wetland buffer (jurisdictional wetlands) if applicable, plant schedule, shared parking agreement if applicable, traffic impact analysis for parcels five acres or greater, lighting plan including light fixtures, building elevation, dumpster screening (8 ft. opaque divide- wood privacy fence with finished side facing outward),  sidewalks along right-of-ways, tree survey 8” dbh or greater, show all existing and proposed building structures and setback include dumpsters, generators, etc.
  • Encroachment permit for any easements that exist
  • MS4 approval letter from public works
  • Zoning Inspection required of tree barricades prior to receiving zoning approval

Please call (843) 740-2582 if you have any questions.

*Zoning will forward all information with application to the Building Department for their review.

Paperwork Commercial Examiner in the Building Department will need including the information listed above. 

  • Application signed and approved by the Zoning Department
  • Each page of Engineered Stamp Drawings must be signed and sealed by a SC licensed or registered professional designer as required by state law in compliance with 2012 IBC and all applicable codes.  Submit one (1) hard copy  and one (1) electronic copy in pdf format on CD.
  • Each sheet of plans shall be a minimum of 24" by 36" drawn to scale in U.S. Units to ensure legibility with sufficient detail to clearly document the nature an scope of proposed construction.
  • Plans shall be complete and consist of Architectural, Structural, Electrical, Plumbing, Life Safety, Mechanical Drawings (where any of these elements occur in proposed structure) and supportive data.
  • MS4 from Public Works
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code information (Comcheck report for building envelope, mechanical, exterior and interior electrical lighting systems).
  • Elevation Drawings and Certificate
  • Detailed scope of work with job cost amount
  • Special inspection statement and schedule sheet, please include qualified inspection agency. ( if applicable)

Please call (843) 740-2566 if you have any questions.

*Plans Examiner will contact correct party once the permit is ready.

Inspections

For inspections contact appropriate inspectors located on Building Department Staff Directory.

  • Monday – Friday 8:00 am -9:00 am for the same day inspections
  • Monday – Thursday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm for the next day inspections

Types of Inspections

  • Footing- Inspected by Building and Zoning Department prior to any concrete pour.
  • Slab- After any plumbing and electrical slab inspections
  • Floor Framing- Prior to sheathing
  • Rough- After sub trades have had their rough inspection
  • Sheathing- After rough inspection and prior to insulation inspection
  • Insulation- After insulation is put in place
  • Final

Posting of Permit

Work requiring a permit shall not commence until the permit holder or his agents posts the permit card inside a permit box in a conspicuous place on the premise.  The permit shall be protected from weather and located in such position as to permit the Building Official or representative to conveniently make the required entries thereon.  No work can be done until a permit is issued.  The permit cards shall be maintained in position by permit holder until the certificate of Occupancy or Completion is issued by the Building Official.  Inspection(s) will not be done by an inspector if the job site is missing permit drawings and a permit box.

The following are required inspections: If an inspection is not called for whether rough, final, etc. you are subject to lose City of State license.  This includes all new construction, renovations and roof work (must provide a ladder). 

The permit holder must call in his/her own inspections unless an authorization letter has been sent prior to the Building Department from the sub-contractors/ owner giving general contactor the okay to call in their work.

Certificate of Occupancy/ Completion will be issued after:

  • All final inspections are completed.
  • All Re-inspection fees are paid.
  • A list of all sub-contractors is submitted.
  • Landscaping inspection completed by Zoning Department.
  • Fire Inspections Completed by Fire Department
  • Submit report of special inspections completion schedule (7) provided on disc.

Required documents to pull permits

  • Building Application completed (owner name, owner’s contact information and Contractor’s name, information and license information)
  • Address (if it is an apartment/ duplex need to the know the unit)
  • PHOTO ID
  • Proof of ownership/ Landlord Consent
  • Letter of Authorization to pull permits if you are not the Contractor on the Contractor’s Card or Owner of property
  • Contractor’s license (state and local) card
  • Detailed scope of work with the cost of Materials and labor work on letterhead showing signature of contractor and owner
  • Master Permit number if applicable

Certificate of Occupancy

(New Construction, Addition, more than 50% of work was performed)

  • Sub-Contractor List ( should be attached with permit package)
  • Finished Floor ( should be attached with permit package)
  • Revision Letter ( should be attached with permit package)
  • Dorchester County Impact Fee ( if applicable) ( Only Apartment Building- $ 2500.00)
  • Sewer Inspection Approval
  • Energy Efficiency certificate  -COM CHECK ( usually provided up front)
  • Post Compliance Statement ( Signed by Contractor/Engineered)( Electrical/Mechanical)
  • Special Inspection on CD( if applicable)
  • Final MS4 (closeout letter) from Public Works Dept.
  • Roofing Letter ( letter provided by the roofer)
  • Elevation Certificate ( if property is located in flood zone)
  • PDF’s ( architectural and engineered drawing must be on file)
  • Truss Drawings ( if applicable)
  • As Builts
  • Final Fire Inspection
  • Final Zoning Inspection
  • Final Building Inspection
  • Re inspection Fees ( if contractor or sub- contractor acquire any doing the project)

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