Development Review, Permitting & Building Inspections

This online comprehensive guide will help you through the Construction Development review process at the City of Columbia.  Our goal is to provide an efficient and clear development review process by coordinating and tracking projects using professional and courteous customer service so that Columbia may grow and prosper while maintaining a high quality of life for all.  The information is divided into two sections: Residential and Commercial. 
Visit the Residential section if you are working on a one or two family project
Visit the Commercial section if you are working on a commercial or multi-family project
Information that applies to all projects can be found under General Information.
Information on land development reviews can be found in the Boards and Commissions section.  This includes rezoning and site plan review information as well as applications for zoning variances and special exceptions.  We hope your experience with the building review and permitting process is a good one!

Contact Us

Our team stands ready to assist you with your development project.  For general questions call (803) 545-3420.
Development Center
(803) 545-3483
[email protected]
Subdivision Plats
(803) 545-3206
[email protected]
Site Plans
(803) 545-3206
[email protected]
Commercial Building Plans
(803) 545-3427
[email protected]
Residential Building Plans
(803) 545-3428
[email protected]
Zoning Permits
(803) 545-3333
[email protected]
Building Permits
(803) 545-3420
[email protected]
Building Official
(803) 545-3442
[email protected]

Important Information and Updates

Notice of Adoption of Building Codes

Notice is hereby given that the South Carolina Building Codes Council has adopted the following building codes for use in the state of South Carolina.
Mandatory codes include the:
2015 Edition of the International Building Code;
2015 Edition of the International Residential Code;
2015 Edition of the International Fire Code;
2015 Edition of the International Plumbing Code;
2015 Edition of the International Mechanical Code;
2015 Edition of the International Fuel Gas Code;
2014 Edition of the National Electrical Code;
ICC A117.1-2017 Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.

Notice of Adoption of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Codes.

The implementation date of the 2009 IECC or International Energy Conservation Codes is January 1, 2013.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this code change, please feel free to contact our office for updates on changes.

Building Codes in Effect for South Carolina

On August 29, 2012, the Building Codes Council updated the mandatory building codes to be used within South Carolina. The Building Codes Council established the implementation date for local jurisdictions as July 1, 2013, for all codes. All local jurisdictions must enforce the mandatory codes, and may adopt and enforce the permissive codes.
Mandatory Building Codes are adopted for current use in South Carolina and must be enforced by all municipalities and counties, beginning July 1, 2013!

Notice Regarding Electronic Payments

To continue to provide our customers the ability to make in-office payments with debit or credit cards, the City of Columbia has partnered with Value Payment Systems (VPS), a third party service provider.
In so doing, a new Convenience Fee will be charged for all Debit Card (1.5%) and Credit Card (2.5%) payments.  There is a $1.95 Minimum Fee with this service.
If you do not wish to use this service, you may pay the City of Columbia directly by other traditional methods such as cash or check.