Thomas Lewis, Director
Site Plan Review
The Engineering Department performs site plan review to ensure that drainage plans meet applicable County requirements. Site plans are submitted with other project plans to the Permitting Department and distributed from that office. The Engineering Department staff will also meet with owners/developers and engineers to review and discuss preliminary plans prior to submittal for permits.
Subdivision Plan Review
This Department reviews plats and construction plans for roads and drainage facilities proposed for subdivisions in the unincorporated areas of Berkeley County, as well as the construction plans for those municipal subdivisions in which the County is being asked to accept the roads for maintenance. Developers and their engineers are encouraged to review the project with the department staff in the planning stages.
The Engineering Department staff inspects construction of roads and drainage facilities which are proposed to be maintained by Berkeley County upon completion. These are primarily subdivision development projects.
This service includes management of design and construction of County facilities; both new construction and renovation. The staff also assists other departments in planning and budgeting for additional facilities and improvements. Road improvement projects funded by the Berkeley County Transportation Committee under the C-Fund Program are managed by the Engineering Department. In addition, petition forms for requesting C-Fund Program funding for projects may be obtained from this office.
The Engineering Department provides technical assistance to other County departments as well as other public agencies. Typically, this assistance is related to roads, drainage, recreation facilities, site improvements, and building improvements.
Encroachments within County maintained roads or road rights-of-way and drainage easements require an encroachment permit prior to beginning work. This includes, but is not limited to, driveways, fences, landscaping, and utility lines. Permit applications can be obtained from the Department office.