Building Code Enforcement

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Cherokee County Office of Building Code Enforcement is to promote and maintain the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare of the Citizens of Cherokee County and this State through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide safety to fire-fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

Duties & Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of this department and the inspectors in it are to enforce within the county's territorial jurisdiction State and local laws and local ordinances and regulations relating to the construction of buildings, the installation of such facilities as plumbing systems, electrical systems, heating systems, refrigeration systems and air-conditioning systems, the maintenance of buildings in a safe, sanitary and healthful condition, and other matters that may be specified by the Board of Commissioners. These duties and responsibilities include:

  • Receiving applications for permits and issuing or denying permits
  • Making necessary inspections
  • Issuing or denying certificate of compliance or occupancy
  • Issuing orders to correct violations
  • Bringing judicial actions against actual or threatened violations
  • Keeping adequate records and any other actions that may be required to adequately enforce the laws and ordinances and regulations

Our Goal

Our goal is to maintain a "user-friendly, well-trained and qualified" staff to work closely with developers, contractors, the citizens of Cherokee County and other county and state departments and governmental agencies. A few examples of the department scope include:

  • Floodplain Ordinance Regulations
  • Watershed Ordinance Administration
  • Primary Fire Limit Laws
  • Special District Regulations