June 27, 2018
Changes to Permit Regulations Effective July 1
The Town of Kiawah wants to make it easier for residents to maintain their property, so some changes have been made to our permit requirements. Effective July 1, 2018, contractors will no longer be required to obtain a building permit from the Town on jobs that do not require an inspection upon completion. (now exempt under the Town’s ordinance Section 9-183.) Depending on the scope of work, contractors may still be required to get approval from the Community Association and/or the Architectural Review Board. Please contact these organizations directly regarding their permitting requirements.
Effective July 1, 2018, permits are not required for the following jobs:
- Floor covering
- Interior and exterior trim carpentry
- Painting or wallpaper
- Landscaping or landscape lighting
- Low voltage systems not associated with life safety applications (i.e. intercom, P.A. systems)
- and more View the entire list here
What’s not changing?
Contractors are still required to be licensed by the State of South Carolina and obtain a Town business license and contractor registration. For the safety of our residents, any jobs involving mechanical, electrical, plumbing, gas, or structural work are still required to be permitted by the Town of Kiawah Island. The reason is that these projects require a final inspection to ensure that all building codes have been followed.
What does this mean for residents?
Previously, permits were required on all projects totaling $1,000 or more. By eliminating this requirement where possible (i.e. where no inspection is required), it should be easier and less costly for our residents to improve their homes. Going forward, residents should confirm they are not being charged for a permit when the project meets the exceptions listed in Section 9-183 of the Town of Kiawah Island’s Building Code Ordinance.
If you have any questions, please call the Bruce Spicher or Jake Doub at 843-768-9166