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Building Division and Permits

Location: Georgetown County Historic Courthouse Room 249, 129 Screven Street, Georgetown, S.C. 29440
Phone: (843) 545- 3116
Fax: (843) 545-3296
Inspection Request Line: (843) 545-3261

Directions: Office is located on the 2nd floor of the historic Georgetown County Courthouse building.
Point of Contact: Robert Cox, Building Official
Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 421270, Georgetown, S.C. 29442-4200

Department Functions:

To assure compliance with the 2012 (IRC) International Residential Code for all one- and two-family dwellings and with the 2012 (IBC) International Building Code for all other structures (commercial, multi-family, etc.). Related codes, i.e. fire, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, gas, and flood zone and other regulations apply as adopted.

For projects located in the unincorporated areas of Georgetown County, the division:

  • Issues building permits;
  • Provides pre-construction plan review services;
  • Inspects construction projects for compliance with all adopted building codes, regulations, ordinances and National Flood Insurance requirements;
  • Interprets building codes;
  • Issues change of tenant permits;
  • Issues mobile home permits;
  • Issues demolition, fire protection, sprinkler and other permits as required.

Forms and Fees:

Forms:

Fee Information:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do I obtain a residential building permit?
A: One & Two Family Dwelling For residential permit application checklist

Q: How do I obtain a commercial project, building permit?
A: For Commercial permit application checklist

Q: How much does a residential building permit cost?
A: For residential building permits, there are five different types of fees collected. They are as follows:

  1. Building permit fees — see page 1 of the permit fee schedule (Section 1)
  2. Plans review fees — equal to one-half of the building permit fee (see page 1 of the permit fee schedule, Section 1 k)
  3. Fire impact fees — residential rates are 4/10 of 1 percent (.004) of the value of construction for single-family dwellings and 5/10 of 1 percent (.005) for duplexes (see page 4 of the permit fee schedule)
  4. Construction sign fees — if you are going to have a construction sign on the job site advertising who the contractor is, there is a $20 sign permit fee (see page 5 of the permit fee schedule)
  5. Impact fees (recreation, library, law enforcement and transportation) — see the impact fee calculation schedule.

Q: How much does a commercial or multi-family (three or more dwelling units) permit cost?
A: For commercial building permit fees, there are five different types of fees collected. They are as follows:

  1. Building permit fees  — see page 2 of the permit fee schedule (Section 2)
  2. Plans review fees  — equal to one-half of the building permit fee (see page 2 of the permit fee schedule, Section 2 k)
  3. Fire impact fees  — multi-family rates are 5/10 of 1 percent (.005) of the value of construction; commercial/industrial rates are 8/10 of 1 percent (.008) of the value of construction (see page 4 of the permit fee schedule)
  4. Construction sign fee — if you are going to have a construction sign on the job site advertising who the contractor is, there is a $20 sign permit fee (see page 5, Section C of the permit fee schedule)
  5. Impact fees — the fees vary according to the use of the structure. See the impact fee calculation schedule for the different uses and their rates.

Q: Is there a list of inspections completed during construction?
A: Residential Permit Inspections Commercial Permit Inspections

Q: How do I obtain a Georgetown County contractor registration?
A: Complete the contractor registration application (see forms section of this web page). The application must be signed by the qualifier for the state contractor´s license. A copy of your state contractor´s license issued by the SC Dept. of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (LLR) is required. Either mail these in with your payment or bring them to our office to obtain a county contractor registration number.

Q: How do I obtain a mobile home permit?
A: Complete a mobile home permit application (see forms section of this webpage). Submit this to the Building Dept. Your application will be entered into the computer. You will then need to take the application to the Zoning Dept. for approval. In addition, proof of water and sewer will need to be submitted. If you are on septic tank, a copy of the septic tank permit from DHEC will need to be submitted. If on public water and/or sewer, the receipt showing fees have been paid needs to be submitted. If the homeowner is not the property owner, a notarized statement from the owner of the property giving permission for the home to be placed on the property is needed. Once the application is approved by Zoning, you will be given the approved site permit to take to the Assessor´s Office and get the home registered with the county and obtain a sticker. Bring this back to the Building Dept. and pay the permit fees.

Q: How much does a mobile home permit cost?
A: There is a $100 mobile home permit fee, and a fire impact fee which is 4/10 of 1 percent (.004) of the value of the home. Mobile homes are now exempt from library, recreation, transportation and law enforcement impact fees.

Q: How do I obtain a change of tenant permit?
A: Complete a change of tenant permit application (see forms section of this web page). A commercial account approval form from the Georgetown County Water & Sewer District needs to be submitted with your application. Also, approval from the Georgetown County Zoning Dept. is needed. You will need to complete a Zoning Dept. application for that department's approval (available on the Zoning Dept. web page). Once the Water & Sewer District and Zoning Dept. approvals are received, you will need to pay $25 for the change of tenant permit. It will be faxed to the appropriate Fire Dept. once fees have been paid. At this point, you will need to contact the fire dept. for an inspection of the building. Once the fire dept. approves the inspection, the certificate of occupancy will be issued.

Q: How do I obtain a certificate of occupancy for retirement of a mobile home title?
A: You will need to complete the mobile home retirement of title permit application (see forms section of this web page, located below "Department Functions"). Submit the application along with payment of$50 to the Building Dept. We will send an inspector out to check the home to see that it is set up as a permanent dwelling (tongue, axle and wheels have been removed). Once the inspection has been approved, a certificate of occupancy will be issued which you take to the Register of Deeds office to complete the process of retiring the mobile home title.

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