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Building Code:
The purpose of this code is to provide minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare, through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.

Building Official: 
The building official is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provision of this code. The building official shall have the authority to render interpretations of this code and to adopt policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of its provisions. Such interpretations, policies and procedures shall be in conformance with the intent and purpose of this code. Such policies and procedures shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in this code.

The building official is authorized to make all of the required inspections, or the building official shall have the authority to accept reports of inspection by approved agencies or individuals. Reports of such inspections shall be in writing and be certified by a responsible officer of such approved agency or by the responsible individual. The building official is authorized to engage such expert opinion as deemed necessary to report upon unusual technical issues that arise, subject to the approval of the appointing authority.

Required Permits:
Moving Structure(s)

(You can obtain a copy of permit required, fee schedule and instructions on how to fill out the permit by calling 864.984.2613—The Building Department).

*** Contractors must be licensed through the South Carolina Contractor’s Licensing Board.

Required Certificate:
Certificate of Occupancy, application; inspection fee.
All applicants seeking a certificate of occupancy from the building and zoning administration shall pay unto the city, simultaneously with the submission of an application for a certificate of occupancy, the currently required fee for the first inspection to be conducted by the building and zoning administration. Should it be necessary for a second inspection by the occupancy, the second inspection shall require a fee.

Business License:
Every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupancy or profession listed in the rate classification index portion of the ordinance, in whole or in part, within the limits of the City of Laurens, South Carolina, is required to pay an annual license fee and obtain a business license.

Any person violating any provision of the ordinance shall be deemed guilty of an offense and shall be subject to a fine of up to $500.00 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days upon conviction. Each day of violation shall be considered a separate offense. Punishment for violation shall not relieve the offender of liability for delinquent penalties and costs provided.


Mr. Clay Rykard

Code Enforcement Officer
Ms. Jackie E. Williams

Hours of operation 8am-4:00 pm Monday - Friday

(864)984-2613 Office
(864)681-2613  Fax