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Accessory (Commercial) Structures

Application Process for Accessory use

Accessory uses are defined in section 4-8
(to include sheds, garage, pools, playhouse, etc.)  

Permit Application

Required Documentation

All Building applications begin in the Zoning Department.

Please submit the following information below to the Zoning Department (843) 740-2582. Zoning will forward paperwork over to the Building Department once they complete their review. Plans Examiner will contact correct party once everything is completed.

  • 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.  Address if applicable)
  • Accurate and scaled Plot (site)plan that reflects the proposed building, driveways, a/c units, steps, porches, patios, drainage easements, property lines and building (existing and proposed) setbacks (including roof overhangs) along with protected tress 8” dbh or greater is required.
  • Display accurate setbacks on site where the property and house corners are located
  • If sidewalks were shown on the final plat at the subject site, please show them on the site plan.
  • Please indicate the building height. Example: Building height 25 ft.
  • Provide lot area (sq. ft.) and house area (sq. ft.)
  • If applicable, homeowners/ civic league/ architectural review board approval letter
  • Zoning inspection required
  • Engineered Stamp Drawings in compliance with 2012 IBC and all applicable codes. Submit one (1) hard copy (size 24 x 36) and one (1) electronic copy in pdf format on CD.
  • MS4 approval letter required 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 of materials and labor work.
  • Special inspection statement and schedule including the qualified inspection agency.

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.

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

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
           

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