The town's Development Standards Ordinance (DSO) requires the issuance of a zoning permit by the Zoning Administrator prior to the commencement of any development activities, including signs and temporary uses. The purpose of a zoning permit is to ensure that any proposed use and/or structure complies with all applicable zoning requirements of the DSO. In reviewing and approving a zoning permit request, the Zoning Administrator may attach reasonable conditions in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the DSO.
Zoning permit applications for most multi-family and commercial projects must also be reviewed and approved by the town's Planning Commission, pursuant to the DSO.
In instances when a building permit is required, the issuance of a town zoning permit will entitle the holder to apply for and obtain a building permit from the Charleston County Building Inspection Services Department. Pursuant to an agreement between the town and Charleston County, the county's Building Inspection Services Department is responsible for administering and enforcing all permitting and inspection services within the town.
A zoning permit will expire if no building permit has been issued within six months from the date upon which the zoning permit was issued. When a building permit is not required, a zoning permit will expire if development has not commenced within six months from the date of issuance.
All permit applications must be submitted using the appropriate application form:
Application forms may be submitted in person at Seabrook Island Town Hall during regular business hours, by email to Lynda Stearns, License & Permit Specialist, at email@example.com or by mail to: Town of Seabrook Island, 2001 Seabrook Island Road, Seabrook Island, SC 29455.
Properties which are subject to the covenants and restrictions of any property owners' association and/or regime must submit a letter of approval from their respective association and/or regime with their permit application.
Applications for new construction, additions, major renovations (50% or more of fair market value) or changes to the height, dimension or footprint of any existing structure, must include at least one paper copy and one digital file (on CD or USB) of the following supplemental information:
Items which must be reviewed by the Planning Commission should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the scheduled Planning Commission meeting date.
Variances, Special Exceptions & Appeals
The town's Board of Zoning Appeals has three specific powers, duties and responsibilities under state and local law:
For assistance in filing an application for variance, special exception or an appeal, please contact Tyler Newman, Zoning Administrator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (843) 768-9121.