Local Government Coronavirus Closures

Last Update: 3/27/20 at 4:30pm

CTAR is working on your behalf to ensure transactions can take place during this unprecedented event. We are maintaining a list of industry related government office closures or adjustments.

We have been in constant contact with our elected officials to continue some level of commerce. If the governments decide to further explore the emergency ordinances and mandatory shutdowns, we ask they include the following: the abstracting of titles, permitting, inspection, construction, transfer and recording of ownership, of housing and anything incidental thereto, to be defined as essential services.

Charleston County– Charleston County Auditor, Register of Deeds (ROD), and Treasurer will be closing their offices to the public beginning Thursday, March 19. All three offices will continue to be available by phone and email. The Auditor’s office additionally has a web-based chat function available. Citizens that need to file documents with the ROD may still drop off filings on the first floor of the County Office Building, located at 101 Meeting Street. The Treasurer encourages residents to utilize the online e-check feature to make their tax payments. This service is free of charge.
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Dorchester County– While Dorchester County offices remain open, Administrative offices will be closed to the public. Everyone is asked to use the county website to submit permits, licenses, and schedule inspections – which will continue. The County is also waiving the convenience fee for transactions online. Deeds office operational.
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Berkeley County– Administrative offices will be closed to the public. Berkeley County Permitting/Plan Review will now only be accepting permits via email, and inspections will continue as usual but with limited contact. Each permit will need to be submitted using a single email with all attachments that you would normally submit via the permitting office. No fee will be collected up front but will be attached to the final amount. Once a permit has been reviewed you will receive an invoice for the final amount and at that time all checks will need to be mailed next day to the permitting office, if a check is not received we will not send the permit back to you. The permits will need to be submitted to one of the following: Debbie.sweatman@Berkeleycountysc.gov, Nicole.nelson@berkeleycountysc.gov, Jordan.orvin@berkeleycountysc.gov, lisa.washington@berkeleycountysc.gov, sonya.kimrey@berkeleycountysc.gov. Please cc: Yolanda.ellis@berkeleycountysc.gov on all emails with a subject line containing the address for the permit and each attachment must be labeled. Once the permit is received, we will create the permit and Plan Review will sign off on it. Once that is complete, an email will be sent back to the individual who applied for the permit providing it has been paid for. It will include a stamped set of plans and the permit card. It is your responsibility to print out the stamped set of plans to have on the job site. For permits that are already ready, we will be issuing those via email as well. Please be advised, a check will need to be mailed to the permitting office for the amount of the permit before it will be sent to you. Also please note at this time the inspection process has not changed. We are still doing inspections. However, we are having limited contact with the public.
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Colleton County– County offices will be closed to the public but still providing permitting, inspections, and plan review services. Their offices will continue to be available by phone email and web-based services. The Register of Deeds will be able to accept documents via e-file which can be accessed on their website. Walk in documents are appointment only by calling 843-542-2745 or emailing dgusler@colletoncounty.org. For anything related to Building Permits, Planning & Zoning, Code Enforcement, or Floodplain Information – please call (843) 549-1709 extension 1255. All applications are available on the County website, provided below.
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City of Charleston– The city’s Permit Center will be closed to the general public. Many permits can be submitted online through the Citizen Access Portal (CAP). For permit types not yet configured in CAP, permit applications can be submitted digitally. At this time, there will be no inspections of occupied structures. Inspections for unoccupied structures will continue as normal. City departments are implementing work-from-home policies that allow city services to continue.
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City of North Charleston– Building permitting will continue, however with very limited staffing, expect delays. Due to the lack of personnel, any calls received after 9:00 am will be handled on a first come first served basis. Permitting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Limited inspections will be conducted 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Building plans can still be submitted online for review by Zoning, Building, Fire, and Public Works- but expect a delayed response time due to limited staffing.
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Town of Mt. Pleasant– Town Hall offices will be closed effective March 17th until March 31st. We plan to continue operations remotely to the best of our ability via email, online applications and online web requests for inspections. We will not have the ability to answer any incoming calls. Please be patient while awaiting any email responses and/or confirmations. To schedule an inspection for an open permit, please email inspectionsmp@tompsc.com. To submit a flood certificate, non-conversion agreement, Energy Test Results or a Manual J please email mpfloodsubmittal@tompsc.com. To apply for a building permit please visit our online applications webpage.
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Town of Sullivan’s Island– Town offices are closed to the public and staff is working remotely. No further updates on planning or inspection services are available at this time. Beach access is prohibited at least until 3/31/2020.
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City of Isle of Palms– Building Department will continue to issue permits and licenses but all transactions will be handled via email. Online applications are available here. Once the City receives an application, the request will be reviewed and an invoice will be emailed to the applicant. Payments can be made by either mailing a check to P.O. Drawer 508, Isle of Palms, SC 29451, or by physically dropping a check in the lock box at on the front porch of City Hall at 1207 Palm Boulevard. Building Department staff will be available by phone during regular business hours at (843) 886-9912. There will be limited days for site inspections. Access to Isle of Palms is restricted at least until 3/31/2020. To access the island, read the following exceptions here.
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Town of Kiawah Island– Planning, permitting and inspection service updates are not available.
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Seabrook Island– Planning, permitting and inspection service updates are not available.
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Town of Hollywood– Planning, permitting and inspection service updates are not available.
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City of Hanahan– All city buildings and facilities are closed to the public. All business and court transactions can be done online via the City’s website or over the phone at 843-554-4221. Inspections that are new construction, renovations of existing/unoccupied structures or exterior work that does not require entrance into a home, will continue as scheduled. All other inspections are being postponed and will need to be rescheduled once the State of Emergency is lifted.
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City of Goose Creek– All City water payments, permit applications and business license payments will only be accepted at the drive-thru window at City Hall. Other than the drive-thru window, City Hall is closed to the public.
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Town of Summerville– While Town Hall is open, all services for permitting, planning, zoning, business licensing, code enforcement and general requests are available online through our CitizenServe portal.
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Town of Moncks Corner– All Municipal Court proceedings, including jury trials, are postponed until April. Court payments, permit applications and business license payments will be taken at the window inside the Municipal building.
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City of Folly Beach– The city will be operational but only online and by phone. Full restriction of access to non-residents. For those allowed to access the island read here.
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