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New Residential Construction Permit

Permit Application

Required Documentation

Covenants and Restrictions Notification Form

Application Process for New Residential Construction

All Building applications begin in the Zoning Department.  Please submit the following information below to the Zoning Department (843) 740-2582. Once Zoning complete their review they will forward the paperwork over to the Building Department. Residential Plans Examiner (843) 740-2559 will contact the correct party to come pick up the permit once everything is approve.

  • Building application information completed in full, including owner 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 scaled plot (site) plan that reflects the proposed building, driveways, heat, a/c units, steps, porches, patios, drainage easements, easements (proposed and existing), property lines and building setbacks (including roof overhangs and house corners) along with protected trees 8” diameter at breast height (dbh) or greater is required.
  • Proof of Ownership/ Landlord consent
  • Address including any suites, units or apartments numbers
  • 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.
  • If applicable, provide encroachment permits
  • Grading letter
  • If applicable, submittal of an approval letter from the homeowner’s association/ civic league/architectural review board is required.
  • If applicable, tree barricade protection and inspection required by the Zoning Department
  • MS4 approval letter required only if developer is disturbing 1/2 acre (21780 sq. ft.) or more. 
  • Stamped drawings in compliance to 2012 IRC.  Submit one (1) hard copy and one (1) electric copy.
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code information
  • Elevation Drawings and Certificate
  • 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


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

*Any Building Inspections that have been requested by telephone request with a Building inspector or via internet service request shall be performed either on the same day, the next business day or within (7) seven working days. Requested and documented inspection(s) that  have not been performed within those (7) seven days, permit holder shall inform the City in writing of this fact.

*All supporting documents and inspections must be finalized, closed out and completed a day prior to receiving Certificates of Occupancies and Certificate of Completion(s).

Types of Inspections

  • Footing- Inspected by Building 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 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.

Certificate of Occupancy

Documents Required for Residential Certificate of Occupancy/ Certificate of Completion
These documents will be needed prior to the C/O or Completion being issued.

* Please make sure to have all inspections and supporting documents completed, finalized and closed out a day in advance to receive Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Completion and closing on any property.

Certificate of Completion

  • Sub – contractor List
  • Final Building/ Zoning Inspection
  • Re inspection Fees ( if builder or sub-contractors acquire any re inspection fees doing the project)

Certificate of Occupancy ( New Construction)

  • Sub - Contractor List
  • Finished Floor Elevation Certificate
  • Gypsum Board Letter
  • Revision Letter
  • Roofing Letter
  • Dorchester County Impact Fee( $2500 per door)
  • Elevation Certificate ( if property is Located in a Flood Zone)
  • PDF- (drawings /plans)(mandatory for the Building Dept. retention)
  • Truss Drawings (if trusses was used)
  • Final Building/Zoning Inspection
  • All Re Inspection fees  paid (if the builder or the sub -contractors have acquired any re- inspection fees during the project)

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