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!
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 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 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 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