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South Carolina Building Codes Council

Requirements for Approval and Licensure of Code Enforcement Officers, Special Inspectors, and Contract Inspectors


An individual employed by a municipality or county in South Carolina, who performs plans review, inspection of one or more building systems (building, residential, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, and energy conservation), renders interpretations or makes technical decisions for building code compliance, is considered by law to be a code enforcement officer. The SC Building Codes Enforcement Officers' Registration Practice Act requires that all persons acting as a code enforcement officer, contract inspector, or special inspector, except an architect licensed by the SC Board of Architectural Examiners or an engineer registered by the SC Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors who may practice as a special inspector without additional registration, must be registered with the South Carolina Building Codes Council, before they may practice as a code enforcement officer, contract inspector, or special inspector in SC. A contract inspector is defined as a person certified to perform a building inspection, other than a special inspection, in a construction trade discipline within a local jurisdiction on a contract basis.

A person applying for registration as a building code enforcement officer, special inspector or contract inspector must be certified in one of the following classifications:

Building Codes Enforcement Officers

Building Official - A Building Official registrant is authorized to perform all tasks and inspections within the local jurisdiction’s building inspection department. To qualify for a Building Official classification, a registrant must submit a certificate or examination record from a recognized code organization indicating that the applicant has been certified as a building official (CBO).

Commercial Inspector - A Commercial Inspector registrant is authorized to perform onsite inspections in two or more construction disciplines (building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical), as determined by position description for the local jurisdiction for which employed, for all types of construction in all occupancy groups. To qualify for a Commercial Inspector classification, a registrant must submit certificates or examination records from a recognized code organization indicating that the applicant has been certified in two or more commercial inspector disciplines.

Residential Inspector - A Residential Inspector registrant is authorized to perform onsite building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical inspections on one and two family dwellings; multifamily dwellings three stories or less in height and not exceeding sixteen (16) dwelling units per building or other buildings or structures of light frame construction and not exceeding five thousand (5,000) square feet in total area(non-commercial). To qualify for a Residential Inspector classification, a registrant must submit certificates or examination records from a recognized code organization indicating that the applicant has been certified in the residential building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical inspector disciplines.

Single Discipline Inspector - A Single Discipline Inspector registrant is authorized to perform onsite inspections in one construction discipline, as determined by position description for the local jurisdiction for which employed, for all types of construction in all occupancy groups. To qualify for a Single Discipline Inspector classification, a registrant must submit a certificate or examination records from a recognized code organization, indicating that the applicant has been certified in the discipline (building, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical) for which employed.

Plans Examiner - A Plans Examiner registrant is authorized to perform building plans review. To qualify for a Plans Examiner classification, a registrant must submit certificates or examination records from a recognized code organization, indicating that the applicant has been certified in the commercial building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical plans examiner disciplines.

Provisional Registration designates a non-renewable registration issued for a fixed time period to a building code enforcement officer, who is training for certification required for employment or advancement. To qualify for a Provisional Registration classification, a registrant must submit that the building code enforcement officer is presently employed by a municipality or county in South Carolina and is actively in training for a specific certification as a new employee or for advancement to a higher classification. The maximum time for certification for a person registered in the provisional classification is as follows:

Building Official - twenty-four (24) months;

Commercial Inspector - one (1) certification within the first year, then a maximum of one (1) year for each additional certification for all disciplines for which employed, based on the position description for the local jurisdiction;

Residential Inspector - one (1) certification within the first year, then a maximum of one (1) year for each additional certification;

Plans Examiner - one (1) certification within the first year, then a maximum of one (1) year for each additional certification; and

Single Discipline Inspector – twelve (12) months for the discipline for which employed, based on the position description for the local jurisdiction.

Special Inspectors

A Special Inspector, except an architect licensed by the SC Board of Architectural Examiners or an engineer registered by the SC Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors who may practice as a special inspector without additional registration, must be registered with the South Carolina Building Codes Council to perform special inspections in one or more construction trade disciplines pursuant to the International Building Code in South Carolina. To qualify for a Special Inspector classification, a registrant must submit a certificate or examination record from an approved organization, indicating that the applicant has been certified for the specific type of construction or operation requiring special inspection, for which application is being made, including one or more of the following: Reinforced Concrete, Welding, High Strength Bolting, Steel Frame, Non-destructive Testing, Structural Masonry, Earthwork-including Excavation and Filling and Verification of Soils, Modular Retaining Walls, Deep Foundations, Post Tension Cables, Sprayed Fire Resistive Material, Exterior Insulation and Finnish System, Smoke-Control, Pre-cast Fabrication, Seismic Resistance, and/or Retention Basins. Please refer to the Special Inspector Manual for explanation of individual classifications:

http://www.llronline.com/POL/BCC/PDFfiles/SPECIAL%20INSPECTION%20MANUAL%20082609.pdf

Application


Application for all classifications of registration must be made upon a form furnished by the Council. These forms can be obtained from the Council’s website: www.llronline.com/pol/bcc and follow the link “Applications and Forms.”

Application for registration for a building code enforcement officer must contain a statement of employment and must be verified by the Building Official or administrative head of the local jurisdiction for which the applicant is employed.

All applications for registration must be accompanied by the prescribed fee and copies of certificates and/or examination records from a recognized code organization.

Registration Renewal

All registrations, except provisional, expire on July first of each odd-numbered year unless renewed before that date. Renewal of a registration must be based upon a determination by council of the applicant's participation in approved continuing education. A person failing to renew registration by the expiration date may not practice until registered and shall qualify in the manner provided for new registrants.

To qualify for registration renewal, a registrant must accumulate a minimum of twelve (12) hours per year of continuing education. One (1) hour of continuing education shall be awarded for each hour of active participation in any course, seminar, workshop, session or other training medium approved by Council. Proof of accrued continuing education will be by audit.

If the first period of registration is less than twenty-four (24) months, continuing education required for the first registration renewal must be based on the following:

A. For registrations issued one (1) to four (4) months before expiration, no hours.
B. For registrations issued four (4) to eight (8) months before expiration, four (4) hours.
C. For registrations issued eight (8) to twelve (12) months before expiration, eight (8) hours.
D. For registrations issued twelve (12) to sixteen (16) months before expiration, twelve (12) hours.
E. For registrations issued sixteen (16) to twenty (20) months before expiration, sixteen (16) hours.
F. For registrations issued twenty (20) to twenty-four (24) months before expiration, twenty (20) hours.
G. For each subsequent registration, a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours will be required.

Comity

The Council may grant registration without examination, in any classification, to an individual, who at the time of application, is registered or licensed by a similar Board or Council of another state, district or territory, where standards are acceptable to the Council and not lower than required by the SC Building Codes Enforcement Officers' Registration Practice Act and Regulations.

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