Section 1.0. Purpose of Amendment, Finding

WHEREAS, several industry changes have caused conflicts in requirements and terminologies which require an update to clarify several appropriate fee applications and

WHEREAS, the update proposed provides an opportunity to consolidate and simplify the use and understanding of the fee ordinance by modifying ordinance formatting.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by Charleston County Council, in meeting duly assembled, as follows:

Section 2.0. Text Change:

The pertinent portion of Section 2-137 of the Charleston County Code of Ordinance Entitled "Building Inspections" are hereby amended as follows:

1. Contractor License I Registration Fees


License I Registration Application Fee




License I Registration Fee




Annual License I Registration Renewal Fee




Existing Journeyman Annual License Renewal Fee




Change License or Registration classification (other than at renewal time)



2.                   Permit Fees Based on Construction Valuations For All Permits Except For Those Listed In 3 and 4 Below

(a)              Valuation Chart

Total Valuation



$1,000.00 and less


No fee, unless an inspection is required, in which case a permit is required and a $50.00 fee shall be charged.

$1,000.00 to $2,000.00



$2,001.00 to $50,000.00


$50.00 for the first $2,000.00 + $4.00 per $1,000.00

$50,001.00 to $100,000.00


$242.00 for the first $50,000 + $3.75 per $1,000.00

$100,001.00 to $300,000.00


$429.50 for the first $100,000 + $3.50 per $1,000.00

$300,001.00 to $500,000.00


$1,129.50 for the first $300,000 +3.35 per $1 ,000.00

$500,001,00 and up


$1,799.50 for the first $500,000 + $3.00 per $1,000.00




(b)                 Working without permits:

Double fee

3.                  Other Permit Fees

(1) Permit Fee when the contractor is working as a subcontractor for the following activities; painting/wallpaper; floor covering, drywall (unless part of Fire related assembly), trim, cabinet, shelving, countertops, closet systems, and shower door




When permits are issued for work being done as the prime contractor, the fees shall be based on construction value as in Section 2, number 2 for the appropriate type of work being performed.

4.                  Manufactured Housing Permit Fees

For setup on a new or existing site



Note: Fees for modular construction as defined by the South Carolina Modular Construction Act shall be based upon the fee schedule for permits based on construction valuations,

5.                  Inspection Fees

(1) Re-inspection


When a reinspection fee is required, an additional fee of $50.00 will be charged for each inspection.

(2) Minimum Permit or Inspection Fee



(3) Floodplain Management Compliance Inspection



(2) Hazardous Occupant Permits



(3) Fireworks Stand Permits



(4) Structural Moving Permit Fee



(5) Demolition Permit Fee



6.                  Other Fees

(1) Plan Review Fees


permit fee based on construction valuations

(2) Construction in Flood Zones I Filing Fee



Note: If a prime contractor has paid a Flood Zone filing fee, the subcontractor working for the prime contractor will not be charged an additional filing fee.

(3) Fees for replacement of placards shall be



(4) Variance I Appeal Application Fee



Note: Application fees for appeals successfully granted by the Construction Board of Adjustment & Appeals shall be reimbursed to the applicant.

(5) Vehicle Decal Fee



(6) Annual Vehicle



7.                  Penalties

Where work for which a permit is required by this Code is started or proceeded prior to obtaining said permit, the fees herein specific shall be doubled, but the payment of such double fee shall not relieve any persons from fully complying with the requirements of this Code in the execution of work nor from any other penalties prescribed herein.

8.                  Effective dates; severability

This ordinance shall be effective immediately following approval at third reading. The changes in the Building Inspection Services fees shall be effective as of approval of third reading.

If any provision of this ordinance or its application to any circumstance is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, this holding does not affect other provisions or applications of this ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end, the provisions of this ordinance are severable.