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New Building Codes Customer Survey

NEW INSPECTION REQUEST LINE - (843) 255-2078

Please use this for all inspection request in unincorporated Beaufort County.

2015 S.C. BUILDING CODE MODIFICATIONS

Building Codes IN EFFECT FOR SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Building Code Council

Elevation Certificate 2015 Edition

Preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps:

As a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program, Beaufort County required to use the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), periodically updated by FEMA, to regulate development in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The current effective FIRMs for the Beaufort County unincorporated area were published in 1986.

FEMA has recently released preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for coastal areas of Beaufort County. The new maps are expected to become effective in June of 2019 and are now available for viewing using the following link:
https://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=16bb8a9ebcac47da913e6e9f4ecf30ab

Or the link for the preliminary map panels for Beaufort County:
https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/util/prelim/bundle/execute?type=PRELIM_PRODUCT&subType=PRELIM_FIRM&CID=45013C&countyFips=45013

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the County's Plans & Floodplain Administrator:

  • Call (843) 255-2065 - Main Line # for the Building Codes Department.
  • Email hbayyoud@bcgov.net with the subject line “FEMA Flood Map Info Request”. Include your name, address/parcel you are looking for.

Effective July 1, 2016 the following codes will be implemented for enforcement in Beaufort County, SC:

2015 International Residential Code

2015 International Building Code

2015 International Fire Code

2015 International Plumbing Code

2015 International Mechanical Code

2015 International Fuel Gas Code

2009 International Energy Code (Jan 1, 2013)

2009 ANSI A 117.1 (Accessibility Code)

2014 National Electric Code

Beaufort County Ordnance 74-97 Building Permit Fee Schedule

Beaufort Office:

Administrative Building
100 Ribaut Rd.
2nd Floor Room 275
(843) 255-2065

Bluffton Office:

Courier Service Only

4819 Bluffton Parkway
Bluffton, SC  29910

Hours of Operation

Monday thru Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Mission Statement

The mission of the Building Inspection and Code Enforcement Department is to:

  1. Protect the public’s safety, general welfare and property from hazards arising from the construction and use of buildings and structures; protect the environment and preserve the natural beauty of the low country.
  2. Enforce the building codes, fire code, national electrical code, zoning and development standards, floodplain regulations, trash and litter ordinance, junk vehicles and dilapidated abandoned structures.
  3. Issue building permits for new construction, substantial improvements and additions.
  4. Register all manufactured homes placed in the county including the Municipalities.
  5. Issue hawkers and peddlers licenses
  6. Staff the Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals
  7. Issue licenses to electrical contractors