To construct a single-family detached or attached residential dwelling with 2 units, please see the Residential Building Permit packet (PDF) for a checklist of everything needed to submit for plan review. For 3 units or more, see Townhomes/Condos. Most new homes must comply with the residential design standards in the zoning ordinance, Article 6-800. There are also special design requirements for new homes in the Old Town district (PDF) of Rock Hill. Please see the Residential Building Permit packet for Old Town (PDF) for more information.
Contractors new to Rock Hill should review the Contractor Licensing Requirements (PDF) and complete a new contractor application (PDF). All contractors working on a project are required to obtain a City of Rock Hill business license.
If you are the property owner and wish to act as your own builder or general contractor, you will need to complete the Owner/Builder affidavit (PDF) and have it notarized and recorded at the York County Clerk of Court office. Submit a copy of the recorded form with your building permit application. If someone other than the state license holder will be applying for the permit, please complete the Authorization to Obtain Permits (PDF) form for that person or firm and have it notarized.
Submit your construction plans, site plan and all other required information outlined in the Residential Building Permit Packet to the Permit Application Center (PAC). See the Residential Sample Plan Review Checklist for a list of items the plan reviewer will be looking for on your plans. Residential plan review typically takes up to 3 business days. You will receive an email when the plan review is complete. Plans are required to be submitted electronically through the Online Services website.
Energy Code Requirements
The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be recognized as the Energy Standard for all buildings per State Statute. Please see Residential Energy Code Requirements for more information.
Underground Electric Installation
For most homes inside City limits, Rock Hill is the electric utility provider. For your convenience we charge the underground installation fee along with the building permit fee. When you are ready for the underground electric line to be installed you will need to fill out a Underground Electric Installation Request Form and send it to the Utilities Department. This should be done when the meter base has been installed on the home but before you request your temporary power inspection.
Contact the Permit Application Center at 803-329-5590 or by email for more information.
Related Information and Forms
Authorization to Obtain Permits (PDF)
Builder Incentives for All-Electric Homes
Building Codes Currently Enforced (PDF)
Building Thermal Envelope Air Leakage Compliance Certificate (PDF)
CO Checklist - Single Family Home
CO Checklist - Townhome
Duct Tightness Compliance Certificate (PDF)
Fee Schedule **CHANGES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017 AND JULY 1, 2018** (PDF)
Residential Building Permit Packet (PDF)
Residential Building Permit Packet with Design Standards for Properties in the Old Town District (PDF)
Owner/Builder Affidavit (PDF)
SmartChoice Rebates & Loans for Electric Appliances
Tiny House Info Sheet (PDF)
Zoning Ordinance (PDF)