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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:
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.
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.
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1. A permit is required for most work / improvements (excluding some interior remodeling including painting, doors, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work).
2. General Contractor requirements:
3. Electrical, Plumbing, Gas, and Mechanical Contractors:
A homeowner who owns his own home and lives there and is performing work himself may be issued a permit (after completing a Disclosure Statement and having it recorded at the Register of Deed's office). A homeowner cannot work on a home he owns that is for rent or for sale per Section 40-11-360(5) of the Contractors' Licensing Act.
Any individual performing work on someone else's property is considered a contractor and is required to have the items listed in numbers 1 and 2.
If a contractor requests that the owner obtain the permit, please don't. If this happens, the contractor may not be properly licensed, bonded, and therefore may not want to be responsible for his work. If you have any doubt as to a contractor's qualifications, please do not hesitate to call 525-7040.
A permit is good for 6 months from the date of issue. An extension may be granted if the owner or contractor can provide a reason why the extension is warranted.
You can put your complaint in writing and submit it in one of the following ways: