South Carolina Building Code

South Carolina Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: 5/23/21

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:

  • 2018 International Building Code (IBC), with state amendments
  • 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), with state amendments
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), with state amendments and ASHRAE 90.1-2007
  • 2017 National Electric Code (NEC)

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):

It is anticipated that the Building Code Council will consider the 2021 International Codes for adoption beginning in the fall of 2020 or spring of 2021, with adoption in late 2021, and an effective date of Jan. 1, 2022. These dates may change.

See Building Codes by State here.

State Website
State Licensing Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Contractor’s Licensing Board
PO Box 11329
Columbia, S.C.
(803) 896-4686Contractor licensing is required by the State of South Carolina for all commercial work over $5,000 and all residential work over $200.
State Building Code The State of South Carolina has adopted the

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 ICC Performance Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
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

Code Title
Code Adopted
Technical Bases
Building Code
2015 IBC
Residential Code
2015 IRC
Fire Code
2015 IFC
Electric Code
2014 NEC
Mechanical Code
2015 IMC
Plumbing Code
2015 IPC
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fuel and Gas Code
2015 IFGC
Green Construction Code
Not Adopted
Energy Conservation Code
2009 IECC
Property Maintenance Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Existing Buildings Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Accessibility Code
Wildfire/Wildlife Urban Interface Code
Not Adopted
Zoning Code
Not Adopted
Fire Life Safety Code

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