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Effective January 1, 2018
The City of Charleston, S.C. Building Inspection Division will implement new plan review and permit related fees.   All permits issued on or after January 1st 2018 will be subject to the new applicable fees. Please refer to the attached documents for further information.

2018 Building & Trade Permit Fee Schedule

Permit Viewer - GIS Map Showing Active Permits in The City

City of Charleston Permit Viewer

Permit Center

Permit Center

Design Criteria

Climate & Geographic Design Criteria

South Carolina Wind Speed Zones and Seismic Design Categories & Map

Current Codes

Access to Online Version of South Carolina Codes
  • 2015 South Carolina Residential Code
  • 2015 South Carolina Building Code
  • 2015 South Carolina Fire Code
  • 2015 South Carolina Plumbing Code
  • 2015 South Carolina Mechanical Code
  • 2015 South Carolina Existing Building Code
  • 2015 South Carolina Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 Swimming Pool & Spa Code (permissive)
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2017 ICC A117.1 Accessible & Usable Buildings & Facilities (Effective June 1, 2017)

Previously Adopted Codes


Building & Trade Permit Fee Schedule

Plan Review Services

Commercial Plan Review Process

Residential Plan Review Process

Inspection Services

Building Inspection Information

Third Party Inspection Program

Certificate of Construction Completion (a.k.a. Certificate of Occupancy)

Certificate of Construction Completion

Building Code Board of Appeals

Building Code Board of Appeals Information

Chief Building Official -  Edye Graves, CBO

The Building Inspections Divisions enforces adopted South Carolina building codes and City of Charleston code of ordinances pertaining to new building construction and existing building alterations through our plan review and inspections processes. The Division is responsible for issuing all permits related to construction of commercial and residential projects within the City of Charleston. Through our plan review and field inspection services, we verify code compliance with South Carolina and City of Charleston building codes and ordinances.

Our goal is to provide City residents and visitor with a safe and reliable built environment. 

Administration & Plan Review Services
Ph: 843.577.1685

Inspections Services
Ph: 843.724.7441 

Permit Center
Ph: 843.577.5550

2 George Street
Ground Floor
Charleston, SC 29401