Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you need a permit to build or place a shed on your property?

Yes, this permitting process goes through the Zoning Department. Contact Zoning at 843-255-2170.

Do you need a permit to erect a sign?

Yes, the only signs exempt from a sign permit are the ones listed in the Community Development Code Division 5.6 (4). Contact the Zoning Department at 843-255-2170.

Are trees protected in unincorporated Beaufort County?

Yes, certain species type and diameter (DBH) are protected. This can be found in the Community Development Code under Division 5.11: Resource Protection Standards. Section 5.11.100 Tree Protection.

Do I need a permit to cut a tree down?

Yes, all tree removal and permitting goes through the Zoning Department. Contact Zoning at 843-255-2170.

Does Code Enforcement handle septic tank issues?

No, septic tank issues are handled through The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Contact DHEC at 843-525-7627.

Does Code Enforcement handle construction or inspections?

No, construction and inspections goes through the Building Codes Department. Contact Building Codes at 843-255-2065.