Building and Codes Enforcement

Building and Codes Department

Notice: The Animal Control department is now part of Building and Codes. However, we still have a separate phone line for Animal Control calls. Please make note of this in the contact information section of this page. Thank you.

Hank Jackson, Chief Building Official

Mission statement

Providing Building Inspection Service for new construction and providing Codes Enforcement of Berkeley County Ordinances to ensure the citizens of Berkeley County Government are provided a safe and healthy place to live and work.

The Berkeley County Building and Codes Department was established in 1997. The department's coverage area encompasses the unincorporated areas of Berkeley County.

Types of Inspections we conduct include:
  1. Building
  2. Electrical
  3. Plumbing
  4. Mechanical
  5. Gas
  6. Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm
  7. Signs
  8. Towers
  9. Swimming Pools
  10. Elevators
  11. Construction Trailers
  12. Manufactured Home Installation

Note: Contact the Building Inspection Department or Permitting Department for the detailed inspection list under each type or discipline.

Unincorporated Berkeley County is in the "Community Rating System" (CRS), which allows residents a discount on flood insurance premiums.

Building and Codes Enforcement Department Functions:
  1. Conduct Residential and Commercial Building Inspections For New Construction
  2. Conduct Residential and Commercial Plan Reviews For Code Compliance
  3. Conduct Commercial Plan Reviews For Sprinkler Systems and Fire Alarms
  4. Building Code Interpretation
  5. Flood Plains Management
  6. Fire Marshall Service
  7. Manufactured Home Installation Inspections
  8. Codes Enforcement for the County Zoning Ordinance
  9. Animal Control
Building Codes and Plans Preparation:
  1. Berkeley County enforces the latest South Carolina State adopted versions of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code, International Gas Code, International Fire Code, International Energy Efficiency Code and the National Electric Code.
  2. Building plans must be designed by a State of South Carolina licensed Design Professional (Engineer and/or Architect) for Residential and Commercial. See Building and Building Regulations under Permitting link for exceptions to residential requirements.
  3. Design criteria for plan submittal must meet a minimum of 130 mph winds; "D" Seismic for Commercial and "D-2" Seismic for Residential. Interpolation for wind is allowed. Plans shall have a Code Analysis, Design Pressures (D/P Rating) for all doors and windows, soils reports for commercial and soils assumption for residential, detailed construction documents for all disciplines. Required Special Inspections for Commercial Projects.
Instructions For Downloading A Septic Tank Application
  1. Go To
  2. Scroll down to the Septic Tanks section.
  3. Choose "Application for Permit to Construct an Individual Sewage Treatment and Disposal System"
Instructions for free viewing of a current code book

Log on to ICC website by clicking here.

  1. Access the codes by logging in as a return user.
  2. Select applicable code and section
  3. Select chapter and/or section

There are other sites on the web where the codes may be viewed and/or purchased.

Animal Control

John Nutter, Chief Officer


Contact the Berkeley County Animal Shelter at 843-719-4210 or visit the Animal Shelter at 502 Cypress Gardens Road, Monday thru Friday 12:00pm - 6:00pm, Sat 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Closed on Sun. Owners who can no longer keep their pets can turn in their animals at the shelter. Please call first and make an appointment for you to drop-off your pet.


Please contact the Berkeley County Animal Shelter at 843-719-4210 or visit the animals on 502 Cypress Gardens Rd in Goose Creek, Monday-Friday from 12pm-6pm or Saturday from 12pm-4pm.


After Hours, weekends, holidays: FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY – Call 911. Examples of an emergency are; animal bites, injured animal, or aggressive animals. For all other complaints, call the regular office phone number and listen to message. At end, leave a detailed message and Animal Control will respond the next working day.

  1. No owner shall fail to provide their animal(s) or pet(s) with:
    • sufficient good and wholesome food and water,
    • proper shelter and protection from the weather,
    • veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering,
    • and humane care and treatment.
  2. No person shall beat, cruelly treat, torment, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse an animal, or cause, instigate, or permit any dogfight, or other combat between animals or between animals and humans.
  3. No owner of an animal shall abandon such animal.
  4. The owner of a dog or cat must have it inoculated against rabies at a frequency to provide continuous protection of the animal from rabies using a vaccine approved by the Department of Health and Environmental Control and administered by a licensed veterinarian.
  5. It shall be unlawful for any owner or custodian of any pet or animal to permit same to run at large at any time upon any street or highway or other property within the County, except upon property owned or rented by the owner or custodian.
  6. No pet or animal shall be permitted to be on school grounds or in a shopping area or similar public place unless on a leash at all times