Planning FAQ

I want to construct an addition to my home. What permits do I need?

You will first need a zoning permit from the Town of Awendaw Planning Department. In order to get the permit, you must bring a site plan of your property drawn to scale (on the plat) showing the exact location of the addition and architectural plans.

Will the Town of Awendaw issue building permits?

No, Charleston County Building Services Department issues building permits after the Town has issued a zoning permit for the new construction. Charleston County will also conduct construction inspections throughout the construction process.

I want to build a new home or move a mobile home onto land in Awendaw.
What do I need to get this approved?

The first step is to obtain a DHEC septic permit which requires obtaining a zoning permit from Awendaw Planning Department. For the zoning permit, bring in proof of land ownership and a plat with the proposed home location drawn to scale. All trees 18 inches or greater other than pines must be shown on the plat. You will then take the zoning permit to DHEC. Once septic approval is obtained, bring a copy of it to Awendaw Planning along with architectural plans. The town will review the site plan if it changed per the DHEC permit and check the height of the home. Awendaw will issue a zoning permit which applicant/builder will take to Charleston County for the building permit.

I want to rent a vacant building for a residence or business. How do I get electrical service?

First, come to the Awendaw Planning Department for a zoning permit for a Building Safety Inspection. Any building that has been vacant for any amount of time must have a Building Safety Inspection conducted by Charleston County Building Services.

I want to renovate a residence or business. What permits do I need?

In order to do any work on any building in Awendaw, you start by obtaining a zoning permit from Awendaw Planning Department. Once you have the zoning permit, you take that to Charleston County Building Services for the construction permit.

I want to subdivide my land. How do I do this?

First, call the Awendaw Planning Department to check you zoning and to discuss the subdivision process. In general, it is recommended you have a conceptual subdivision plat reviewed by staff. Then you submit the preliminary plat with seven copies and the application and fee to Awendaw Planning Department.

How do I subdivide heir’s property?

You will need to submit a letter from an attorney certifying who the living heirs are. Then you must submit a document with at least 50% of the heirs approving the subdivision.

Who approves subdivision plats?

The Awendaw Planning Commission approves plats. The deadlines for submittals is the first Tuesday of the month for the meetings that are the fourth Monday of month at 6:00PM.

I want to conduct a small business in my home. Is this allowed?

The Town has a Home Occupation Ordinance that is designed to permit residents to engage in home occupations, while ensuring that home occupations will not be a detriment to the character and livability of the surrounding area. See Chapter 5 of the Town of Awendaw Zoning Ordinance. If your business is allowed, a zoning permit will be issued so that you may obtain a business license from Charleston County.

I want to change my zoning from residential to business. How do I do that?

First, call the Awendaw Planning Department to discuss your proposal. Your request will be reviewed as it relates to the Town of Awendaw Comprehensive Plan. This plan is the long-range vision for the Town including where commercial and residential lands are recommended.

Do I need permits to clear my land?

Awendaw has an ordinance protecting trees 18 inches or greater (except pine trees) which means you may not remove these trees. You may seek a variance to remove these trees. If your land is over two acres, you must obtain a Land Disturbance Permit from the Office of Coastal Resource management (OCRM).

Does Awendaw issue business licenses?

Awendaw Planning Department issues a zoning permit which you submit to Charleston County Revenue Collections.

How do I renew a business license?

If nothing about your business has changed, you renew it at Charleston County Revenue Collections.

I already have a business license for Charleston County and some other towns in the county. How do I expand my license to include Awendaw?

If you provide a service throughout the county and have a license, just expand your existing permit to include the Town of Awendaw (at Charleston County Revenue Collections).

I am a subcontractor on a construction job in Awendaw. Do I get a zoning permit and business license from the Town of Awendaw?

No, go to the Charleston County Service Center on Bridgeview Drive and expand your existing business license and get your building permit under the main contractor’s permit with the County.

How do I determine my property’s Flood Zone?

The Awendaw Planning Department has flood maps and can help you with this determination. If your property appears to be a V or A flood zone, we require a survey to certify the location on a site plan.

Is it ok to have horses?

In some areas (zoned Agricultural General) horses are allowed for personal use. You may not board others persons horses. You should check with DHEC for any state regulations. In order to have more than one horse, your land must have a minimum of 5 acres.

I want to add power to a shed on my property. Will Berkeley Electric add a power pole?

You will first need a zoning permit from the Town of Awendaw Planning Department. In order to get the permit, you must bring a site plan of your property drawn to scale (on the plat) showing the exact location of pole. The flood zone is required for this permit (see flood zone FAQ). Awendaw will issue a zoning permit which applicant/builder will take to Charleston County for the building permit.

Do I need a permit to build a shed?

A shed under 120 square feet does not require a building permit but must meet setbacks (call Awendaw Planning). If the shed is over 120 s.f., it must meet building codes therefore you start by obtaing a zoning permit from Awendaw Planning department (see FAQ above: I want to build a new home or move a mobile home onto land in Awendaw. What do I need to get this approved?).

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