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New Residential Construction Permit

Permit Application

Covenants and Restrictions Notification Form

Application Process for New Residential Construction

Please attach the following information below with the application for review.

  • Building application must be submitted online. Please fill out application completely.
  • 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.
  • Landlord consent
  • HOA- Homeowners Association approval letter for construction if applicable.
  • Drawings each page must be signed and sealed by a SC licensed or registered professional designer as required by state law in compliance to 2015 IRC and all applicable codes.  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.
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code information
  • Manual J/D
  • Elevation Drawings and Certificate if applicable

Required Documents to Obtain Permits

  • Building Application tracking ID # and/or address
  • Photo ID
  • Landlord Consent
  • Contractor’s License ( state and local card)
  • Letter of Authorization to pull permits if you are not the contractor listed on Contractors card
  • Signed contract indicating scope of work, cost of materials and labor
  • Master permit # if applicable


Online request https://arc.northcharleston.org/contractors/index.php

Please DO NOT leave inspection request on voicemail.

  • 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)