The staff of the Sumter City-County Building Department provides a variety of services to the public. The major services are:

  • Inspections of all building permits at all required times in the construction process,
  • Building Permit approval, forms, and consultation on all applicable Building and Mechanical Codes,
  • Sign Permits for all signs except one per parcel based on zoning. Special instructions are provided for size and location of all signs.
  • Plans Review of all commercial construction projects.



The Sumter City-County Building Department, through the Director and Building Official, provide all required inspections for all phases of residential, commercial, industrial, and farm construction - after all required permits are obtained and fees paid. Inspections include building footing, rough-in, saw pole, final, electrical, gas, plumbing, HVAC, mobile home, swimming pool, and signs.




  1. Inspection requests received before 3 p.m. on any given work day will be scheduled for the following work day, if the inspection load based on prior requests will permit. Any inspection requests after 3 p.m. and “same-day” inspection request are considered emergency inspection requests. They will be handled on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the building official.   
  2. If a morning or afternoon time for the inspection is requested, all reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate that request based on inspector availability, site location and prior requests on a first-called first-served basis.   
  3. Priority may be given to time-critical inspections such as footing and plumbing slab where weather may be a major factor.   
  4. Inspection requests will only be accepted at the 803-774-1634 phone number. If the line is in use serving another customer, your call will be transferred to voicemail. Please leave your name, phone number, inspection site address, permit number, and type of inspection requested. You will be called back to confirm that your request was received. You will be asked to call back if you do not have all of this information. If a message is left on any other phone numbers, your inspection request will not be processed.   
  5. Inspection requests shall only be accepted from the contractor of record for the inspection requested or a representative of that company. An owner can not request inspections for a general contractor nor can a general contractor request inspections for his separately permitted subcontractors (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire sprinkler, etc.).    
  6. The contractor of record for the inspection requested or an authorized representative of that company knowledgeable of the work to be inspected must be present at the inspection site at the time of the inspection.  .   
  7. The inspector assigned to your inspection will contact you at the phone number you provide with your inspection request between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on the day of your inspection to confirm the inspection time.   
  8. If you need to cancel an inspection request or reschedule it for a later date, please do so before10 a.m. on the scheduled date. Failure to do so will count a failed inspection.

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Building Permits/Codes

The Sumter City-County Building Department oversees the application of the International Building and Residential Codes for all construction in the City of Sumter, Town of Mayesville, and the unincorporated sections of Sumter County.


The Building Department, under the direction of the Building Director, receives all permit applications and fees, processes the applications, reviews plans, issues or denies permits, conducts inspections and issues either a Letter of Completion or Certificate of Occupancy.


Fees are based on a fee schedule (PDF*) and application forms may be obtained from the attached files or from the Building Department Office.


Permit Processing

Permit Technician: Debbie Rauch, (803) 774-1617


Building permits are processed in a timely manner. Time will be needed for the necessary zoning check and contractor’s licensing check. You may contact Debbie Rauch at 803-774-1617 for Residential permit information and Tripper Lee at 803-774-1638 for Commercial permit information.


CurrentBuilding Codes In Effect Are As Follows:


2012 InternationalBuilding Code (ICC)


2012 International Residential Code For One and Two Family Dwellings (ICC)


2011 National Electrical Code NFPA 70 (NEC)


2009 International Energy Conservation Code
(ICC) w/ASHRAE/IES 90.1 - 2004


2012 International Fire Code (ICC)

Fuel Gas Code

2012 International Fuel Gas Code (ICC)


2012 International Mechanical Code (ICC)


2012 International Plumbing Code (ICC)


SC Barrier Free Building Design Standard
(Regulation 19-400 as established by SC Law Section 10-5-210 with Reference to 2009 and including ANSI - A117.1-2003


NOTE:All above Codes are with the approved South Carolina modifications. Code Books are available at International Code Council, (ICC) Office located at the Merovan Center,1200 Woodruff Road, Suite H-22, Greenville, South Carolina, 29607; Telephone 888-422-7233, Ext.7401 Or On-line at

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Subdivision of Property/Plats

The Planning Department of the Sumter City-County Planning Commission reviews all subdivision of property actions (plats) for the City of Sumter and the unincorporated portions of Sumter County. Plats are reviewed for Compliance with zoning and subdivisions standards as published in the appropriate Sumter Zoning and Development Standards Ordinance.


Major subdivisions and major site plans require Planning Commission approval while the Staff does all minor subdivisions, site plans, and plats for approved major subdivisions.


In accordance with state and local laws, an approved and recorded plat is required before property may be sold or transferred. They are also required for Building Permits. DHEC may require them for septic tank approval.

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Mobile Home Permits

The Sumter City-County Building Department, in conjunction with the Sumter County Assessor's Office, provides the documents, stickers, certifications, and permits necessary to move and site a mobile / manufactured home in Sumter City and County. (Modular Homes with proper documentation are permitted using the same procedures for site built homes).


The Building Department does Mobile Home Certifications.


The current fees for Mobile Homes at the Planning Commission are: Mobile Home Building Permit = $72.00

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No other section of the Sumter Zoning and Development Standards Ordinance has created as much discussion and confusion as the Sign Regulations (Section 8.i.).


This section was designed to meet major objectives established in the Comprehensive Plans and gives everyone fair and equal treatment for advertising and free speech. All sign rules and regulations are attached.


Please contact the Planning Staff as soon as possible with all questions relating to signs, permits, and fees.


All signs are controlled by this Ordinance. Most have permits and fees associated with them, while almost all have time, manner, and place rules.


See Sign Brochure (PDF*) and Section 8.i. of the City/County - Zoning & Development Standards Ordinance.

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