Work Exempt from Permits

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The following is a listing of all work that does not require a permit. All other work in the City of Rock Hill will require proper permitting. Contractors who do not currently have a business license for the city must obtain one prior to obtaining a permit. See Contractor Licensing Information for more information.


  • One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet. (Note: a Zoning permit is still required)
  • Oil derricks
  • Retaining walls not over 4 feet
  • Water tanks supported on grade less than 5000 LBS.
  • Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above grade. (A grading permit may still be required. Check with the Infrastructure Division).
  • Papering, painting, tile, carpet, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work
  • Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage set and scenery
  • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a group R-3 that are less than 24" deep, and not greater than 5000 gallons and are installed entirely above ground
  • Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one-and-two family dwellings.
  • Window awnings in group R-3 and U occupancies, supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54" from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
  • Non-fixed and moveable fixtures, cases racks, counters and partitions not over 5 ft 9 inches in height.


  • Electrical repairs and maintenance of a minor nature. Replacing lamps, installing portable electrical equipment to an existing approved receptacle.
  • Radio and television transmitting station operating equipment. Electrical service and wiring to support such equipment does require a permit.
  • Temporary testing systems for electrical equipment and systems.


  • Portable heating appliances
  • Replacement of minor parts that does not alter or make the equipment unsafe


  • Portable heating appliance
  • Portable ventilation equipment
  • Portable cooling unit
  • Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code
  • Replacement of any part that does not alter its approval or make it unsafe
  • Portable evaporative cooler
  • Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower or less


  • Stopping of leaks of the entire plumbing systems that does not require and fittings or piping to be replaced
  • Clearing of stoppages provided no fittings or piping is replaced
  • Removal and reinstallation of water closets

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