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Regulatory Pathfinder
for Coastal Development in South Carolina

Local Governments: A Brief Introduction to Use of the Pathfinder

Generally, there are two situations where local governments must grapple with the web of federal, state and local laws governing coastal development. The first is the situation where the local government wishes to undertake a project on behalf of its citizenry. As a project proponent, the local government will need to determine which permits and authorizations might be necessary for such a project. The second is the situation where local officials want to make sure its citizens are in compliance with applicable regulations, and protected by all the regulations in place on the coast. Local governments can satisfy both these concerns only when governmental officials become familiar with permitting requirements and enforcement options. The entire Pathfinder site may thus be of interest to local government officials, depending on the individualized situations facing them. This page has been constructed, however, to provide helpful links that might prove most useful to these particular stakeholders.

Regardless of what state or federal permits might be involved, compliance with applicable local municipality or county codes is also required.

Examples of projects a local government might want to undertake include:

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. This page is meant to guide you through the process of deciding what avenue a local government or citizen might need to follow. It has 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.

Last Updated October 29, 2010


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.