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Plans for new commercial construction, including plans to construct a new building or an addition to an existing building, are required to go through a development approval process that is coordinated by our Permit Application Center (PAC) located in the Planning & Development Department. Please note that new construction is required to meet architectural design standards as outlined in the Rock Hill Zoning Ordinance (PDF). A new commercial building or addition usually goes through the following steps before building plan review and the issuance of building permit:

Building Plan Review Process

Building Plan Review Checklist 


 Commercial Project Timeline

Building Plan Timeline

Construction Checklists
1 - Building Permit Checklist
2 - During Construction Checklist
3 - Pre-Final Inspection Checklist
4 - Final Inspection Checklist

 Online Permits, Inspections and Plans

 Standard Details and Drawings

Submit architectural construction plans along with any other required information to the Permit Application Center. The PAC will route your plans to other City departments for review and contact you by email when the review is complete. Plan review typically takes up to 10 business days. Electronic plan submission is required. Plans can be submitted through the Online Services website

For a detailed list of what to submit for review and what to include on your plans, please see Building Plan Review Instructions and Checklist (PDF). Use the Plan Resubmittal Instructions when preparing revised plans for resubmittal.

Civil construction plan review and architectural plan review can be done simultaneously, however, the civil construction plans must be submitted as a separate package.  Civil Construction Plans and the Landscape and Lighting Plan are required to be approved before a building permit can be issued.

Additions and exterior repairs to structures in the Historic District require special approval from the Rock Hill Board of Historic Review. Complete a Certificate of Appropriateness application for work to a structure in the Historic District.

Please note that the architect of record, contractors and subcontractors must have a City of Rock Hill business license before the building permit can be issued.

Change Order or Revision to Approved Plan

Any modifications or changes to the approved plan will need to be submitted for plan review. Plans should be submitted electronically online. The revisions will go through a similar review process as the initial review. Please include a description of any changes that were made with the changes clouded on the drawings.


For more information regarding plan submittal and plan tracking, please contact Cecilia Carey. For more information regarding architectural plans and building code questions, please contact Mike Nugent

  Plan Review Checklists and Info   Inspections and Other Info

Application to Start or Change a Business
Architectural Seal Requirements (PDF)
Building Code Summary (PDF)
Building Codes Currently Enforced (PDF)
Building Plan Review Instructions and Checklist(PDF)
Building Plan Review Process Overview (PDF)
Commercial Building Plan Review Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Demolition Plan and Permit Info
Electrical Load Data Form (PDF)
Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG) Information
Plan Review Submittal Form (PDF)
Plan Resubmittal Instructions (PDF)

Special Inspection Information

Contractor's Statement of Responsibility (PDF)
Special Inspections Form (PDF)
Special Inspections Schedule of Services (PDF)
Special Inspection Sample Report Forms (PDF)


Business License Application
Contractor Licensing Information
C.O. (Certificate of Occupancy) Checklist for Commercial Buildings (PDF)
Fee Schedules
Fire Dept. Inspection Process (PDF)
Fire Sprinkler and Fire Suppression System Permits
How to Calculate Commercial Building Permit Fees (PDF)
Inspection Information
New Construction Reminders for Closing Out Your Project (PDF)
Occupant Load Notice for Assembly Uses (PDF)
Request to Place Equipment/Furnishings in a building before the C.O. has been issued (PDF)
Typical Handicap Accessible Restroom Detail  (PDF)

Construction Checklists

1 - Building Permit Checklist (after plan approval)
2 - During Construction Checklist
3 - Pre-Final Inspection Checklist
4 - Final Inspection Checklist


 Links to Outside Agencies  

SCDHEC Retail Food Service Establishment Regulations

SC Building Codes Council

SC Fire Marshal


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