Engineering Permits and Approvals
What Are Land Disturbance Permits?
The Land Development Division of Engineering conducts the following:
- Permit Small and Large Construction/Grading Activity.
- Inspect Projects Under Construction.
- Manage the County Bonds for Projects under Construction.
If any construction or land disturbance activities are proposed in any unincorporated Richland County, the owner/operator must apply for a Land Disturbance Permit before land is disturbed.
Individual Lot/Parcel Disturbance: These are typically small projects that involve minor grade (land elevation) changes. In most cases, a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) is required. These types of projects are subject to a five (5)-day review process.
Utility/Linear Projects: These are projects with no structure and at least 200 linear feet of line proposed. These types of projects are subject to a five (5)-day process.
Commercial Projects: These projects can be large or small and usually involves a new structure and/or grading activity (i.e. improvement of parking areas) and are always permitted in conjunction with the Planning Department.
Residential Projects: These projects are typically large subdivisions and are always permitted in conjunction with the Planning Department.