As a homeowner, you can be your own contractor, as long as you comply with state law.
But before you do anything, call the Building Codes Office (843-525-7040) to see if a permit is required before beginning any work.
Permits are required if you, as the homeowner, or your authorized agent (your contractor), intend to:
- Construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure or
- Build, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system
South Carolina state law requires work to be performed by an appropriately licensed contractor. A homeowner may act as their own contractor as long as they are in compliance with South Carolina state law (40-59-260). The state law exception will require that a homeowner’s disclosure statement be completed with the Beaufort County Register of Deed’s office and submitted along with the permit application.
Why are permits needed?
The reason for the permits is a simple one. It is to ensure adequate maintenance of buildings and to adequately protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people and to ensure compliance with the applicable regulations. The codes are ever changing and sometimes a homeowner may not be aware of these changes. We ensure that the work is performed properly and meets standards.