Commercial and Residential projects are to be submitted at stations 5 & 6 with a Development Coordinator. Development Coordinators also answer questions relating to most permitting processes and other City related inquires.
The Customer Service Coordinator at the front of the Permit Center processes all new Single Family projects. This process can be initiated using our Customer Access Portal or by coming into the Permit Center.
Stations 1 through 4 are the Permit Center's Permit Technicians. Building Permits, Sub Trade Permits and Business Licenses are issued at these stations.
You can renew or apply for a new Business License, Home Occupation License, Business license CO, Taxi and Limousine licenses and more.
Desk Phone: 843-742-3711
The Zoning Division is located at station 7. They answer citizen inquiries regarding the interpretation and application of the zoning ordinance. You can also submit for the Technical Review Committee (TRC). For application information visit their page. Desk Phone: 843-579-6414
Building Plan Review
Building Code reviewers at station 9 in the Permit Center verify code compliance with South Carolina and City of Charleston building codes and ordinances.
Desk Phone: 843-573-6416
Board of Architectural Review and Design Review Board
At station 8 the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) and the Design Review Board (DRB) oversees permitting in the Old and Historic District, Old City District and Design Review sections of the City.
Desk Phone: 843-579-6415
Plat Review and Submission
Plats to be recorded at Charleston and Berkeley County can be dropped off with the Engineering Technician at station 10 in the Permit Center.
Desk Phone: 843-579-6417
Fire Marshal Division
The Fire Marshal Division is responsible for conducting plan review and inspections of permit required work. Plans and applications will be reviewed during the intake process and assigned to one of five levels based on the type and size of the project. Their office is located on the third floor.