Electrical Safety Permit

Electrical Safety Permit Process

Only a licensed electrician and a Residential home Builder can obtain an electrical permit.

Permit Application

*Process begins in the Zoning Department.

  •  An electrical application completed in full including, owner’s name, owner’s contact information, and contractor’s name, contractor’s information, contractor’s state license.
  • Proper zoning for the intended use is required prior to receiving zoning approval (verification through the Planning and Zoning Department).
  • Prior to receiving Zoning approval for mobile home parks, multi-family development and rental property owner managers must have a current business license on file with the City of North Charleston’s Business License Department.

Contractor will need the following

  • Photo ID
  • State contractors card
  • Property address ( need suite or apt # if property is a multi-unit)
  • If they are not the license holder a letter giving them authorization to pull permit under that contractors name
  • Master permit if applicable
  • Proof of ownership/ landlord consent
  • Landlord’s consent
  • Detailed scope of work including the cost of materials and labor work
  • Need to know how long the power has been off

If State Contractor license is expired no permits can be issued. If local contractor’s card has expired a fee of $40.00 must be added to the permit and new card will be given.


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

  • 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 or 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.


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