The Building Inspection Department's Mission Statement reflects its protection of life, health and property as a solemn responsibility of the highest order. Recognizing the public's trust bestowed upon individuals engaged in the administration and enforcement of building regulatory codes, the Building Department advocates its commitments to a standard of professional behavior that exemplifies the highest ideals and principles of ethical conduct.
The Building Department is responsible for the issuing of building permits both residential and commercial, new construction and renovations. We are located on the 3rd floor of City Hall in the One Stop Shop. Permits can be issued Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. The following are the mandatory codes and the dates of their adoption and implementation:
2012 International Building Code, July 1, 2013
2012 International Fire Code, July 1, 2013
2012 International Plumbing Code, July 1, 2013
2012 International Mechanical Code, July 1, 2013
2012 International Fuel Gas Code, July 1, 2013
2011 National Electric Code July 1, 2013
2012 International Residential Code, July 1, 2013
All commercial construction plans submitted after July 1, 2013 must meet
the 2012 International Building Codes and all other applicable codes
The 2009 International Energy Code will remain in effect.
The Building Inspection Department is now offering online services to assist in the permitting and inspection request process. This service is powered by BuildERadius and can be seen at www.buildingdepartment.com.
Inspections can be requested by calling (843) 740-2569:
Monday - Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm for next day inspections
Monday- Friday 8:00 am- 9:00 am for same day inspections
All Inspectors will be at the telephone numbers listed below during Above mentioned times to handle your requests.
Code Book Purchases
Fenton Miller, 843-225-5605
Miller Code Books
1692 Seccessionville Road
Charleston, SC 29412
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