A building permit is required for construction of any detached accessory building over 120 square feet in floor size such as a storage building, shed, garage, pre-fabricated structure or carport. The Residential Addition Permit Application (PDF) outlines what you will need to apply for your permit. For detached accessory buildings 120 square feet and under, please see Zoning Permits.
You should also contact PUPS to request that any underground utilities are located before you start digging. Visit their website at www.sc811.com for more information. If any utility lines are found, there may be utility easements or rights-of-way present on your property. These should be shown on a survey of your property. You can also contact our office to verify if any rights-of-way are present. Structures are not allowed to be placed in any easements or rights-of-way.
The Zoning Ordinance does not allow metal to be used as a building material for accessory structures at a residence except for architectural-grade roofing materials. The pictures below show some examples:
Owner Acting as the General Contractor
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. You will need to submit a copy of the recorded form with your building permit application.
Please review the Contractor Licensing Requirements. If someone other than the state license holder will be applying for the permit, please complete the Authorization to Obtain Permits form (PDF) and have it notarized.
Complete the Residential Addition Permit Application (PDF) and submit the application with construction plans outlining how the structure will be constructed. You will also need a survey/site plan of your property showing the proposed addition or building and the setbacks from each property line. The location of the structure can be hand drawn on a copy of your survey. You can view some surveys online at the York County deed search website. You can also submit your plans for review online.
Plan review typically takes up to 48 hours. A customer service representative will contact you when the permit. If the plan reviewer finds any items that need to be corrected, you will receive an email with a list of the items to be corrected.
For further information regarding residential additions, contact any customer service representative at the Permit Application Center at 803-329-5590 or email the PAC.
Authorization to Obtain Permits (PDF)
Building Codes Currently Enforced (PDF)
Construction Detail - Wall Cross Section (PDF)
Fee Schedule (PDF)
Incentives for All-Electric Appliances
Owner/Builder Affidavit (PDF)
Residential Addition Permit Application (PDF)
Residential Energy Code Requirements
Residential Inspection Checklist (PDF)
Tiny House Info Sheet (PDF)