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Inspections Procedure
When construction occurs within the City of Charleston, building inspections are required in order to assess the safety and completion of construction to current building codes. Inspections are performed between 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 

To request an inspection: 
Complete Request Form and submit to the Inspections Office
 Preferred
By Email 

           

Through BuildingDepartment (NOTE: they require a membership fee to join)
 Alternate By Phone 843.724.7441
 

Information to provide when requesting an inspection:
  • Permit number
  • Address 
  • Contractor name and phone number  
  • Type of inspection required 
  • Date inspection needed 

Scheduling of Inspections:
The City of Charleston will schedule inspections as they are received throughout the day.

    •  Requests made before noon (12:00 pm) will be scheduled for the next business day. 

            Example: Request taken at 11:00 am on Monday - Inspection scheduled for Tuesday 

    •  Requests received after noon (12:00 pm) will be scheduled for two business days out.

            Example: Request taken at 3:00 pm on Monday - Inspection scheduled for Wednesday 

Please note all inspections are performed at the availability of the Inspector and within City of Charleston working schedule. City Holidays should be noted.  

Requirements before inspections can occur:
  • The address and permit placard must be posted and visible from the road or street and the placard accessible to the inspector.
  • Plans stamped as “Field Copy” and any updates from the Building Inspections Office are to be onsite for all inspections. The plans shall remain on the job site throughout the remainder of the job. 
  • Toilet facilities (within 300 feet of the job site) shall be available. 
  • Silt fencing for erosion control must be in place prior to clearing or grading. 
  • Gravel entry or paved access to site.

Inspection Status
Please use our Online Inspections Viewer to determine the status of your inspections.  You can search by address or date range to determine if an inspection is scheduled or completed.
 
Required Inspections
Below are examples of inspections you will need to request along the way. Please check back for more information as we are continuing to update the Inspections Procedure. For further information on sub-trade inspection requirements, please refer to the Sub-contractor permit page.  

Residential CO requirements

Commercial CO Requirements