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Development Review, Permitting & Building Inspections 

This online comprehensive guide will help you through the Construction Development review process at the City of Columbia.  Our goal is to provide an efficient and clear development review process by coordinating and tracking projects using professional and courteous customer service so that Columbia may grow and prosper while maintaining a high quality of life for all.  The information is divided into two sections: Residential and Commercial. 

Visit the Residential section if you are working on a one or two family project

Visit the Commercial section if you are working on a commercial or multi-family project

Information that applies to all projects can be found under General Information.

Information on land development reviews can be found in the Boards and Commissions section.  This includes rezoning and site plan review information as well as applications for zoning variances and special exceptions.  We hope your experience with the building review and permitting process is a good one! 

 

Important Information and Updates
 

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ADOPT BUILDING CODES
Notice is hereby given that the South Carolina Building Codes Council intends to adopt the following building codes for use in the state of South Carolina.

Mandatory codes include the:
2015 Edition of the International Building Code;
2015 Edition of the International Residential Code;
2015 Edition of the International Fire Code;
2015 Edition of the International Plumbing Code;
2015 Edition of the International Mechanical Code;
2015 Edition of the International Fuel Gas Code;
2014 Edition of the National Electrical Code.

Permissive codes include the:
2015 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code;
2015 Edition of the Swimming Pool and Spa Code;
2015 Edition of the International Existing Building Code;
2015 Edition of the International Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities.

Interested persons may submit written comments until March 1, 2015 to:
Roger Lowe, Administrator
South Carolina Building Codes Council
PO Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329

 

Permit Fee Changes Effective July 1, 2014

City Council has amended fees for commercial building permits and plan review effective July 1, 2014.  This document UEimgPDF is a summary of these changes.  For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the Development Center at (803) 545-3483.

 

Building Codes in Effect for South Carolina

On August 29, 2012, the Building Codes Council updated the mandatory building codes UEimgPDF to be used within South Carolina. The Building Codes Council established the implementation date for local jurisdictions as July 1, 2013, for all codes. All local jurisdictions must enforce the mandatory codes, and may adopt and enforce the permissive codes.

Mandatory Building Codes UEimgPDF are adopted for current use in South Carolina and must be enforced by all municipalities and counties, beginning July 1, 2013!

 

Notice of Adoption of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Codes.

The implementation date of the 2009 IECC or International Energy Conservation Codes is January 1, 2013.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this code change, please feel free to contact our office for updates on changes.

See also the Green Building Incentive Program Package UEimgPDF

 

Jerry Thompson - Building Official (803)545-3442
Robert Harkins - Commercial Plans Examiner (803)545-3427
John Amacher - Residential Plans Examiner (803)545-3428 

 
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