Permit Center

Walk-In Hours

Walk-ins welcome! Between 8:30am-5pm, feel free to drop by and see us in person for questions, submittals, payments, to see review staff from various divisions, etc. Small projects or revisions can also potentially be walked through review stations between these hours to obtain a same day permit. If you can't make our walk-in hours, please know you can submit permits or questions 24/7 through CSS or permits@charleston-sc.gov. Development & Construction Services staff monitor online submittals and emails between 7:30am-5pm Monday-Friday (except City holidays). 

City Holiday Schedule

City of Charleston offices will be closed on the following City  observed holidays:

New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2024
Martin Luther King's BirthdayJanuary 15, 2024
President's DayFebruary 19, 2024
Memorial DayMay 27, 2024
JuneteenthJune 19, 2024
Independence DayJuly 4, 2024
Labor DaySeptember 2, 2024
Veteran's DayNovember 11, 2024
Thanksgiving November 28 & 29, 2024
ChristmasDecember 25, 2024


flex station

The City of Charleston is excited to announce a new customer service initiative located within the Permit Center: a Flex Station! This will be located at Station 4 and tentatively scheduled to begin on January 22, 2024. This station will be staffed by various city divisions who don't already have a regular station within the Permit Center. Each division will have a set shift each week with personnel scheduled to work Station 4 to allow for walk-in appointments with staff. We encourage you to come in and visit staff with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have for their division. We hope to see you soon!

Flex Schedule


When visiting the Permit Center:  

  • Applicants are encouraged to have all appropriate applications completed prior to entering the Permit Center. We happy to help in person or via permits@charleston-sc.gov if you have any questions. 
  • We highly recommend that you apply for a Customer Self service (CSS) account. Approval can take up to 3 business days. This account allows you to submit, track your status, and schedule inspections online. 
  • All sub/trade permit applications should be submitted via businesslicense@charleston-sc.gov.
  • We highly recommend submitting permit applications, construction documents, and plans through the City’s Customer Self service (CSS) when possible. Please note: we do not receive notifications outside of the initial submittal, so please follow-up with an email to staff to avoid processing delays if you upload supplemental documents through the portalThe available permit types are as follows:
      • Commercial: new, alteration, an addition
      • Multi Family: new, alteration and addition
      • Residential: new, alteration and addition
      • Commercial and Residential Swimming Pool: new and alteration/repair
      • Commercial and Residential Fence: new and alteration
      • Commercial and Residential: Roofing
      • Commercial and Residential: Solar Panel
      • Fire Alarm/ Fire Alarm Quick
      • Demolition: complete, partial, interior/nonstructural
      • Painting
      • Sign
      • Mobile Food Vendor
  • All digital permit submittals must be accompanied by the appropriate application.
  • Our city policy dictates that we only accept .pdf format files. Any links, JPEG files, embedded documents, or other file types are not accepted.
  • Once the permit application is approved, an e-mail notification will be sent to the applicant advising them on payment and printing the permit placards (if applicable).
  • The information on this page is subject to change at any time, so we encourage our customers to review often.


Payments

  • Permit payments can be accepted via our Customer Self service (CSS).  
  • An account is not required to pay for permits. A search of the invoice number will allow for payment
  • Once the permit application is approved, the applicant will receive an e-mail notification to log in to their CSS account to pay for the permit. Once the permit is paid, permit status will be updated to ‘Issued’ in 1 – 2 business days.
  • Once the permit status is ‘Issued’, the applicant can log into their CSS account, print the permit placard for display at the project site, and work can commence.

 

Inspections


Business License

 

Contact Us

Permit Center Flow

Commercial and Residential projects are to be submitted at stations 11 & 12 with a Development Coordinator. Development Coordinators also answer questions relating to most permitting processes and other City related inquires.

The Customer Service Coordinator at the front of the Permit Center processes all new Single Family projects. This process can be initiated using our Customer Self Service Portal or by coming into the Permit Center.

Permit Issuance

Stations 1 through 4 are the Permit Center's Permit Technicians. Building Permits, Sub Trade Permits and Business Licenses are issued at these stations.

Business Licensing

You can renew or apply for a new Business License, Home Occupation License, Business license CO, Taxi and Limousine licenses and more. 

Desk Phone: 843-742-3711

 Zoning Division:

The Zoning Division is located at station 7. They answer citizen inquiries regarding the interpretation and application of the zoning ordinance. You can also submit for the Technical Review Committee (TRC). For application information visit their page.
Desk Phone:
  843-579-6414

Building Plan Review

Building Code reviewers at station 9 in the Permit Center verify code compliance with South Carolina and City of Charleston building codes and ordinances.



Desk Phone:  843-579-6416

Board of Architectural Review and Design Review Board 

At station 8 the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) and the Design Review Board (DRB) oversees permitting in the Old and Historic District, Old City District and Design Review sections of the City.

Desk Phone: 843-579-6415


Plat Review and Submission

Plats to be recorded at Charleston and Berkeley County can be dropped off with the Engineering Technician at station 6 in the Permit Center.


Desk Phone:  843-579-6417


Fire Marshal Division

The Fire Marshal Division is responsible for conducting plan review and inspections of permit required work. Plans and applications will be reviewed during the intake process and assigned to one of five levels based on the type and size of the project. Their office is located on the third floor.

Office Phone: 843-724-3429

Permit Center

Outside of the Permit Center
Permit Center Doors