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Regulatory Pathfinder
for Coastal Development in South Carolina

Business Owners and Commercial Developers: An Introduction to Potentially Applicable State and Federal Permitting

A Brief Introduction to Environmental Permitting:

Environmental permits may be issued by federal, state and/or local agencies. Sometimes multiple permits are required for a particular undertaking. The pages and steps below are meant to guide you through the process of deciding what avenue you might need to follow. They have been drafted in the hopes of making the process simpler to understand, and quicker to navigate, by providing you with the information necessary to expedite the process where possible. This Pathfinder is not meant to substitute for professional legal or other assistance, however. Please seek assistance for your individualized project as you proceed.

Regardless of what state or federal permit(s) your project might require, you also must comply with applicable local municipality or county codes. One good place to start is at the Do I Need a Permit? page where you can find information to help you decide if your project needs one of the permits covered in this website.

Subdivision Development

  1. Residential Subdivision On-site Waste Water Treatment Facilities
  2. Docks
    1. A "private use" dock is a dock providing access for one family that is not a marina. These are regulations for private docks under a Dock Master Plan.
    2. A "joint use" dock is a dock intended for the use of 2 to 4 families.
    3. A "community dock" is a docking facility providing access for more than 4 families with effective docking space of no more than 250 linear feet that is not a marina. Effective docking space means adequate length and water depth to dock a 20-foot boat
  3. Fences, Lighting, Trash Receptacles, Sidewalks and Signs

Other Information

Last Updated October 29, 2010

ABOUT THIS PATHFINDER

This project was supported through a generous grant from the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. The principal investigator is Professor Kim Diana Connolly at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Two law students, Keith Bartlett and Valerie Cochran, provided invaluable work toward project completion. Technical assistance with web design was provided by USC School of Law webmaster Tobias Brasier. Broken links should be reported to lawweb@law.sc.edu. This website is NOT intended as legal advice, and particularized analysis by professionals should be sought wherever appropriate.

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