Building & Codes

COVID-19 Update: On a temporary basis, all in-person business with the Planning & Development Services Department is by appointment only. Online submissions and assistance by phone are highly encouraged. If you would like to schedule an appointment with staff to meet in our location at 18 W. Liberty Street in York, call 803-909-7200.”

Digital Plan Submittal:

York County now offers digital plan submittal. You may access the Evolve Public website. If you need assistance with a commercial digital submittal, please contact Bea McCarter, Development Services Coordinator, at 803-909-7238. If you need help with a residential submittal, please contact Customer Service at 803-909-7200. Hard copies will no longer be required, but this Department will continue to accept hard copy submittals for the foreseeable future. 
  • All required documents must be included in your submittal.
  • View our payment policies (PDF).
  • Updates on the status of your submittal will be available online.


The Building and Codes division is charged with enforcing South Carolina adopted internationally recognized construction standards for all new construction, renovations, and additions. Inspection personnel are certified by the State of South Carolina Building Code Council and strive to provide efficient and responsive service to the citizens of York County to ensure that contractors performing work in York County are properly licensed and qualified to perform in South Carolina. York County does not require a "business license" to contract work in the unincorporated areas of the County.

Additionally, as part of our commitment to quality customer service, we promise to make every effort to assist applicants, respond to inquiries, and resolve complaints or concerns in a professional, courteous and timely manner. We are constantly striving to better our services and welcome your feedback. 


  • Administrate the inspection and permitting program.
  • Interpret, direct, and coordinate the enforcement of the International Code series.
  • Assist outlying governing agencies with inspection and plan review.
  • Provide administrative services to the Building Board of Appeals.
  • Ensure that contractors are properly licensed in the State of South Carolina to perform work.
  • For information regarding the design, inspection or approval of septic or waste disposal systems, please call SCDHEC at 803-898-3432 or (Local to York County) 803-909-7370.
For certification of manufactured homes and information, contact the Manufactured Housing Board at the LLR website link.

Currently Adopted Codes for York County

  • 2018 International Building Code with SC modifications
  • 2018 International Residential Code with SC modifications
  • 2018 International Fire Code with SC modifications
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code with SC modifications
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code with SC modifications
  • 2018 International Fuel, Gas Code with SC modifications
  • 2017 National Electric Code (NFPA 70) with SC modifications
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2017 International A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
View a current list of South Carolina Building Code Modifications (PDF).

Looking for an Application or Form, or just need General Building or Zoning Information? Go to our Development Services Page.