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

The Berkeley County Building and Codes Department was established in 1997. The department’s coverage area encompasses the unincorporated areas of Berkeley County.

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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.

Community Rating System

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

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

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.

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