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Commercial Plan Review
Commercial Plan Review 
Plan review for commercial construction includes any new construction, renovations, additions, alterations, and demolitions for any commercial, multi-family dwellings (3 or more units), and mixed-use building within the City of Charleston. Please see the guidelines for commercial review for additional plan review information. Our goal is to review and approve all submittals within a 20-day time frame. Projects consisting of smaller renovations, additions, fences, pools, etc., may be "walked-through" the Permit Center for same-day permitting if all requirements are met and approvals granted.
Requirements at time of submittal:
  • COMCheck (for new construction, additions and major renovations)
  • Geotechnical report (for new construction and additions)
  • 3 full sets of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing/fuel gas plans, if applicable, all signed and sealed by licensed design professionals in SC.
  • 3 Site plans with tree statement
  • V-Zone Breakaway Wall Certificate (for new construction and additions if property is located in a V-Zone)
  • V-Zone Design Certificate (for new construction and additions if property is located in a V-Zone)

Please note that most projects will require review and approval from multiple departments. In most cases, these reviews can be performed concurrently, though separate application processes may be required. Please see below for scenarios that may trigger reviews from other departments:

  • Projects located within the Old City and Old & Historic Districts that include work affecting the exterior of the building will require review and approval from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR).
  • Projects that include new construction, changes in building footprint, construction of accessory structures (garages, sheds, fences, pools), changes in building height or use (e.g., conversion to short-term rentals), OR the removal of trees will require review and approval from the Zoning Division.
  • Project that include disturbance to right-of-ways (curb cuts, sidewalks, driveway aprons, seeding, irrigation, etc.) or that may encroach into public or private easements will require review and approval from the Engineering Division

Please be advised that this list may not account for all potential scenarios.