Providing Building Inspection Service for new construction and providing Codes Enforcement of Berkeley County Ordinances to ensure the citizens of Berkeley County Government are provided a safe and healthy place to live and work.

Mission Statement

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO MODIFY BUILDING CODES

Explore

Department Functions

  • Conduct Residential and Commercial Building Inspections for all types of construction
  • Conduct Residential and Commercial Plan Reviews For Code Compliance
  • Conduct Commercial Plan Reviews For Sprinkler Systems and Fire Alarms
  • Building Code Interpretation
  • Fire Marshall Service
  • Manufactured Home Installation Inspections
  • Codes Enforcement for the County Zoning Ordinance

What kind of inspections do we do?

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Gas
  • Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm
  • Signs
  • Towers
  • Swimming Pools
  • Construction Trailers
  • Manufactured Home Installation

Note: Contact the Building Inspection Department or Permitting Department for the detailed inspection list under each type or discipline.

Request for inspection made before 10 am will receive next day inspections

Community Rating System

Unincorporated Berkeley County is in the "Community Rating System" (CRS), which allows residents a discount on flood insurance premiums.

Plans Preparation

  • Permit Submittal Requirements for Residential Construction 
  • Square Footage Schedule for New Single Family Residence
  • Berkeley County enforces the latest South Carolina State adopted versions of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code, International Gas Code, International Fire Code, International Energy Efficiency Code and the National Electric Code.
  • Building plans must be designed by a State of South Carolina licensed Design Professional (Engineer and/or Architect) for Residential and Commercial. See Building and Building Regulations under Permitting link for exceptions to residential requirements.
  • Design criteria for plan submittal must meet a minimum of 133 mph winds; “D” Seismic for Commercial and “D-2” Seismic for Residential. Interpolation for wind is allowed. Plans shall have a Code Analysis, Design Pressures (D/P Rating) for all doors and windows, soils reports for commercial and soils assumption for residential, detailed construction documents for all disciplines. Required Special Inspections for Commercial Projects.

General Information

Septic Tank Application
  1. Go To www.scdhec.gov/
  2. Scroll down to the Septic Tanks section.
  3. Choose "Application for Permit to Construct an Individual Sewage Treatment and Disposal System"
Instructions for free viewing of a current code book
  1. Access the codes by logging in as a return user.
  2. Select applicable code and section
  3. Select chapter and/or section

There are other sites on the web where the codes may be viewed and/or purchased.

Latest News

Post List #4
Emergency Response Vehicles Delayed in Berkeley County Throughout Ian

Emergency Response Vehicles Delayed in Berkeley County Throughout Ian

Jenna Ley JamisonSep 30, 2022

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, September 30, 2022) – Emergency responses across Berkeley County are currently delayed. Due to high winds, high-profile vehicles (i.e. ambulances, fire trucks, and utility vehicles) are periodically suspended…

Berkeley County to Partially Activate Emergency Operations Center Friday, Sept. 30

Berkeley County to Partially Activate Emergency Operations Center Friday, Sept. 30

Jenna Ley JamisonSep 29, 2022

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, September 29, 2022) – Berkeley County will move from OPCON 3 to OPCON 2 at 6 a.m. on Friday, September 30, partially activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC).…

Berkeley County Government Announces Office Closures Ahead of Hurricane Ian

Berkeley County Government Announces Office Closures Ahead of Hurricane Ian

Jenna Ley JamisonSep 28, 2022

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, September 28, 2022) – Berkeley County is under a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning as Hurricane Ian inches closer to South Carolina. A watch does NOT mean…

Berkeley County Government Offices Closing Early on Friday, January 21

Berkeley County Government Offices Closing Early on Friday, January 21

Jenna Ley JamisonJan 20, 2022

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, January 20, 2022) – All Berkeley County Government Offices, the Courthouse, the County Landfill and all County Convenience Centers will be closing at 3 p.m. on Friday, January…

Newsroom

Comments are closed.