South Carolina Building Code

South Carolina Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: Jan. 23, 2023

South Carolina Building Code Agency:

Department of Labor, Licensing Requirements, and Regulation
South Carolina Building Code Council
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-4300

What Are The Current Adopted South Carolina Building Code and Editions:

  • 2021 South Carolina Building Code
  • 2021 South Carolina Residential Code
  • 2021 South Carolina Fire Code
  • 2021 South Carolina Mechanical Code
  • 2021 South Carolina Plumbing Code
  • 2021 South Carolina Fuel Gas Code
  • 2020 National Electric Code (NEC) – Effective 1/1/2023
  • State Energy Code 2009 IECC and 90.1-2007
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code 2018

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

State code must be enforced in local jurisdictions.  South Carolina requires that all municipalities enforce building, energy, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, gas, and fire codes, relating to the construction, livability, sanitation, erection, energy efficiency, installation of equipment, alteration, repair, occupancy, classification, or removal of structures located within their jurisdictions as adopted by the state.

Notes: Next Update Cycle (amendment opportunities):

See Building Codes by State here.

State Website
State Licensing Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Contractor’s Licensing Board
110 Centerview Dr, Columbia SC
(803) 896-4686
State Licensing Division
State Fire Marshall
State Environmental Permit


South Carolina Building Code by County
South Carolina Construction Code by County

Additional Building Codes by State

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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