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Under the leadership of Melissa Hopkins, Chief Building Official, the Building Services Department is responsible for the issuance of building permits both residential and commercial, new construction and renovations. The department is also tasked with conducting field inspections throughout the construction process to verify code compliance.

Mission: To ensure the protection of life, health and property which we regard as a solemn responsibility.

Goal: To be ever-mindful of the needs of the community and to serve the citizens and other customers with the highest degree of professionalism, courtesy and resourcefulness. _______________________________________________________


Mailing Address & Office Location:
500 N. Main St.
Summerville, South Carolina 29483

Hours of Operations: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday – Friday, excluding holidays

Phone: 843-832-0011         Fax:843-832-0352

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If you are requesting a next day inspection, you must call before 3:00 PM, the business day prior to the date requested.




Building Code Requirements

All construction in Dorchester County must comply with all applicable building code requirements as outlined below.

2015 International Building Code, July 1, 2016

2015 International Fire Code, July 1, 2016

2015 International Plumbing Code, July 1, 2016

2015 International Mechanical Code, July 1, 2016

2015 International Fuel Gas Code, July 1, 2016

2014 National Electric Code, July 1, 2016

2015 International Residential Code, July 1, 2016

2009 International Energy Conservation Code, January 1, 2016

2015 International Existing Building Code, July 1, 2016


Building Services Staff

Melissa Hopkins

Chief Building Official

Laura  Motley

Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Brown

Plans Examiner / Floodplain Manager

Becky Quattlebaum


Brian Byrd


Regina Campbell


Lisa Simmons


Jamie Collins


Karen Staropoli

Permit Clerk

Makeah Davis-Grant

Permit Clerk

Rosie Dannible

Permit Clerk




Last updated: 6/14/2017 10:30:26 AM