Building permits are required for all structures constructed, reconstructed, erected or modified within the Town of Seabrook Island, as well as for any other work or trade which requires a building inspection.
Pursuant to an agreement between the town and Charleston County, the Charleston County Building Inspection Services Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of all permitting and inspection services within the Town of Seabrook Island. Any individual seeking to obtain a permit must apply directly to Charleston County. Permit fees will be paid directly to the county, pursuant to the county's permit fee schedule.
Prior to applying for a building permit from the county, all applicants must first obtain a zoning permit from the Town of Seabrook Island. The purpose of the zoning permit is to ensure that all work conforms to the zoning requirements contained within the town's Development Standards Ordinance (DSO). Please note that a town zoning permit is required for ALL new construction, renovation, modifications, maintenance and accessory structures, including work which may not require a county building permit.
All building permits will be valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance, unless extended by the town and county. A building permit will be considered abandoned if construction is not commenced within six months after the date of issuance, or if construction is discontinued for a period of six months.
All contractors and subcontractors doing work within the Town of Seabrook Island must have a valid town business license prior to commencing work.
The Charleston County Building Inspection Services Department also provides floodplain management and hazard mitigation services within the Town of Seabrook Island.
New Construction Requirements
In addition to all permitting and inspection requirements, the town requires that additional documentation be furnished at various stages during the construction process in order to verify that all new construction satisfies the requirements of the town's DSO.
All required surveys must be prepared by a registered land surveyor in the State of South Carolina. Failure to provide any required information may result in the placement of a "Stop-Work Order," the issuance of an ordinance summons and/or delay in the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
Upon completion of the building foundation, but prior to the commencement of any vertical framing, original copies of the following documents must be furnished to the town's Zoning Administrator for review and approval:
Upon establishing the roof peak, but prior to the installation of sheathing, original copies of the following documents must be furnished to the town's Zoning Administrator for review and approval:
Prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, original copies of the following documents must be furnished to the town's Zoning Administrator for review and approval:
** New Flood Maps Now in Effect! **
Charleston County’s new flood maps became effective on January 29, 2021. All new construction and substantial improvements submitted on or after January 29, 2021 must comply with the new flood elevation requirements.
Adopted Building Codes
As of January 1, 2020, the Charleston County Building Inspections Services Department enforces the following codes in the Town of Seabrook Island:
Resources from the South Carolina Building Codes Council: