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Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, in the City of Cayce, shall first obtain the required building or mechanical permits.

If you are the property owner and wish to perform the work yourself, you need to complete an Owner Acknowledgment Form (PDF), which states you must abide by all Zoning Ordinances and Building Regulations required by the City of Cayce.

The City of Cayce currently utilizes the following Codes:

- 2011 National Electrical Code
- 2012 International Building Code
- 2012 International Plumbing Code
- 2012 International Mechanical Code
- 2012 International Fire Code
- 2012 International Residential Code
- 2012 International Property Maintenance Code
- International Existing Building Code, current edition
- International Swimming Pool Code, current edition
- 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
- 2009 International Energy Conservation Code

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NEW CONSTRUCTION

The Planning & Development Office works hard to make the new construction process simple and time efficient. Listed below is a basic outline of the steps required to build a new building (Commercial or Residential).

  1. Must submit 2 sets of plans showing property layout, setbacks, landscaping, storm water, and utilities.
  2. Once approved by the Planning & Development Director, the plans will be stamped as approved by the P&D Director and should then be taken to Lexington County Public Works/Storm Water Division for Storm Water approval. They can be contacted at (803) 785-8201.
  3. Once Lexington County approves the plans, plans should be returned to the Cayce Planning & Development Office, along with a Land Disturbance Permit issued by Lexington County.
  4. Building plans should then be submitted to the Cayce Building Official for approval.
  5. Once plans are approved by the Building Official, a Building Permit may be issued to begin construction.

All contractors and sub-contractors must have a current Business License before performing any work on job sites. All Plumbers, Electricians, and HVAC contractors must obtain proper mechanical permits prior to performing work.

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PERMITS FOR REMODEL/RENOVATION WORK

A Building Permit is required to perform renovations or remodeling to a home. Permits should be obtained for any work that includes alterations to the structure itself. Cosmetic type work generally will not require a permit. See below for a list of common types of work performed.  

Common Types of Work Requiring Building Permits

- Roof Replacement
- Fencing over 6 feet in height (excludes cyclone)
- Window Replacement
- Foundation Repairs
- Vinyl Siding Replacement
- Demolition of building
- Removing or Wall Additions
- Sub-floor Repairs
- Carports over 200 square feet
- Swimming Pool Installation
- Retaining walls over 4 feet in height

Common Types of Work Not Requiring Permit

- Replace damaged shingles to small area of roof
- Replace siding to small area
- Accessory buildings under 200 square feet.
- Cabinet replacement/installation
- Floor Covering (Carpet, Vinyl, Tile)
- Painting and Wall Covering
- Concrete and Asphalt (Paving)

Business Licenses must be obtained even if a permit is not required for work being performed.

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MECHANICAL PERMITS

A mechanical permit is needed to install, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, plumbing, gas, or HVAC system. A permit is not required for standard service calls or agreements.

- Electrical Permit
- Electrical Safety Inspection Permit
- HVAC Permit
- Plumbing Permit
- Gas Inspection Permit

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REQUIRED CONTRACTOR LICENSES

South Carolina Code of Laws Section 40-11-30 states “No entity or individual may practice as a contractor by performing or offering to perform contracting work for which the total cost of construction is greater than five thousand dollars ($5,000) for general contracting or greater than five thousand dollars ($5,000) for mechanical contracting without a license issued by the Department of Labor, License, and Regulation.”

Licensing for Commercial Work

- A South Carolina Department of Labor, License and Regulation “General Contractors” license is required for anyone performing “commercial” construction over $5,000.

- A SC LLR “Mechanical Contractors” license is required for all “commercial” plumbing, electrical, and HVAC work being performed.

- A subcontractor performing work for a general or mechanical contractor is not required to have a license issued by the South Carolina Department of Labor, License and Regulation if the work performed falls within the general or mechanical contractor’s license classification(s). The licensed “General or Mechanical Contractor” hiring an unlicensed subcontractor must supervise and be responsible for the subcontractors work.

Licensing for Residential Work

- A South Carolina Department of Labor, License and Regulation “Residential Home Builders” license is required to build residential dwellings.

- Anyone engaging in residential work over $200 must obtain a SC LLR “Specialty Contractors License”. A residential specialty contractor is an independent contractor, who is not a licensed residential builder, who contracts with a licensed residential builder, general contractor, or individual property owner to do construction work, repairs, improvements, or re-improvements requiring special skills and involving the use of specialized construction trades or crafts. A specialty contractor cannot build a residential structure or make an addition to a residential structure from the ground up.

- The following trades or crafts require a SC LLR “Specialty Contractor” license:

1. Vinyl and Aluminum siding installers
2. Insulation installers
3. Roofers
4. Floor covering installers
5. Masons
6. Drywall installers
7. Carpenters
8. Stucco installers
9. Painters/Wall paper hangers

- A subcontractor performing work for a SC LLR licensed “Residential Home Builder” must be licensed by SC LLR as a “Specialty Contractor.” If a subcontractor is performing work for a “General Contractor,” the subcontractor is not required to have a license issued by SC LLR, if the work performed falls within the general contractor’s license classification(s). The licensed “General Contractor” hiring an unlicensed subcontractor must supervise and be responsible for the subcontractors work.

For additional information regarding the South Carolina Department of Labor, License and Regulation and licensing requirements, please visit their website at www.llr.state.sc.us or call them at 803-896-4300.

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BUILDING PERMIT RATES

Please see the Permit Rate Sheet for rates of building permits.

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INSPECTIONS

To schedule an inspection, please contact our Building Official, Steve Martin (CBO), at 803-550-9502.

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CONTACTS

Michele Paulchel
Administrative Coordinator
(w) 803-550-9559
Mpaulchel2@cityofcayce-sc.gov

Steve Martin
Certified Building Official
(w) 803-550-9502
Smartin@cityofcayce-sc.gov

Terry Mueller
Fire Marshal
(w) 803-550-9523
Tmueller@cityofcayce-sc.gov

Please click here for Fire Department Building Requirements

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