Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the currently adopted codes:
- The value of your investment could be reduced
- Your insurance company may not cover work done without permits and inspections
- If you decide to sell a home or building that has modifications without a permit and inspections, you may be required to tear down the addition or make costly repairs
TYPES OF PERMITS
A Building Permit is required for the following:
- New construction*
- Renovations – Interior and Exterior
- Additions* - room additions, accessory buildings, sunrooms, screened porches
- Vinyl siding
- Window & Door installation
- Moving Permits
- Modular or Pre-fabricated structures
- Utility or storage buildings*
- Swimming Pools*
- Solar Panels
* A Site Plan for project must be submitted and must be approved by the Department of Planning and Development
** Signs - Requires approval of the Department of Planning and Development. All signs must comply with the Zoning Ordinance, the Standard Building Code, and the National Electrical Code. Inspection of signs is required. If a sign is illuminated an electrical permit is must be obtained.
*** Grading - Requires the prior approval of the Department of Planning and Development and the Engineering Department
Electrical, Plumbing, Gas and Mechanical Permits: All new installations and repair work requires a permit. Minor repairs can be made to these systems without a permit as determined by the Building Official. All permits must be obtained prior to commencement of work to avoid penalty fees.
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PARTIES ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE A PERMIT
Building: Single-family residential permits will be issued to contractors licensed by either the South Carolina Residential Builders Commission or the South Carolina Licensing Board for Contractors. Single-family permits can be issued to the homeowner if he owns and currently occupies the home.
Commercial: All commercial projects require a duly licensed Contractor.
Projects exceeding $5,000 in valuation must be performed by a contractor that has obtained a General Contractor's license from the South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board.
For projects under $5,000 in valuation, a contractor licensed by the Residential Builders Commission may be used.
Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical: These trades require a South Carolina Mechanical Contractors license issued by the South Carolina Contractor's Licensing Board regardless of the project amount.
THE PERMITTING PROCESS
- Plans may be submitted by the licensed contractor who will be performing the work. We can also accept plans from project's architect or engineer if they pay the Plan Review Fee
- Submit two complete sets of construction documents for review (building plans and site plans)
- Complete Building Permit Application
- Site plan approved by the Department of Planning and Development
- Site plan approved by the Engineering Department (if applicable)
- Building Official reviews construction drawings and documents and approves
- Verification of contractor’s State License – class, limitations, and expiration dates
- Verification of contractor's City of North Augusta business license – current surety bond and all fees paid for the current year
- Issue permit