Town Hall will close Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 3pm in celebration of Thanksgiving and reopen Monday, November 28, 2022. Essential first response staff will remain active 24/7.
The Sullivan's Island Building Department is located in the Administrative section of Town Hall. This department handles all matters related to construction and the issuance of related licenses and permits, performs building related inspections and handles the Town’s code enforcement.
Building permits are required by law for any repair or improvements to a residential or business property. The Building Department issues a variety of permits related to demolition, renovation, construction or improvements as well as tree trimming, pruning and removal. Rule of Thumb, If you don't know contact the Building Official at 843-883-5732!
How do I apply for a Building Permit or request and inspection?
All permit applications and inspections must be submitted through our BS&A online portal. You may also view our step-by-step Permit Application Instructions (PDF). First time users must link their new accounts through the permit technician by calling 843-883-5727. Business License requests must be made online as well.
Requirements for Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Completion
Upon applying for a Building Permit for new construction and improvements projects the permit applicant will receive an email with a copy of the Sullivan’s Island Contractor Ordinance § 5-12 and requirements in order to receive a Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Completion. All applicable forms and documents must be submitted to the Building Department prior to requesting final building or zoning inspections or requests for Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion.
Working hours on Sullivan's Island are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. No work will be allowed on Sundays or the following holidays:
Please Note: These construction hours apply to all contractors, sub-contractors, landscapers, suppliers and vendors.
Sullivan's Island is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program. All homes that have a Mortgage are required to purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Any questions concerning the flood program should be directed to the Building Official at 843-883-5732. Any person or any real-estate agent assisting a buyer or seller in purchasing a home or lot on Sullivan’s Island is strongly advised to first contact the Building Official before purchasing the property. Flood related information concerning that property might be beneficial. Example: If a previous property owner has received a building permit to improve the structure within a three year period you may not be able to do improvements that you envisioned when you purchased the property. Visit our Floodplain Management page for more information and regulations.