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Citizen (Non-Business) Activities That May Require a DHEC Permit


DHEC issues a handful of permits to individuals and groups for certain kinds of non-business activities that could affect the environment and public health. If your plans include any of the following projects, you may need a permit from DHEC. For information on these permits, click the links below.
  • Building a Home on the Beachfront
Beachfront Construction Permitting
  • Building a Home on Wetlands*

Wetlands Permit from Army Corps of Engineers

Wetlands Permit from DHEC (401 Water Quality Certification)

Critical Area Permit (Near Coast)

  • Building a Private Drinking Water Well or Irrigation Well

Residential Well Permit and Irrigation Well Permit

  • Installing a New Septic System

Septic Tank System Installation Permit

  • Building a Private Dock and/or Erosion Control Structures

Navigable Waters Permit for Private Docks

Critical Area Permit (Near Coast)

  • Building a Private Pond

Dam Permit for Building Private Pond

Wetlands Permit from Army Corp of Engineers (if impacting a wetland or stream)

Wetlands Permit from DHEC (401 Water Quality Certification) (if impacting a wetland or stream)

  • Serving Food at a Special Event

Special Events/Food Products: Need a Permit?

 

*Wetlands are water/plant ecosystems such as Carolina bays, marshes and swamps. Wetlands provide habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, fish and shellfish, amphibians, reptiles, and rare plants. Wetlands also provide safety and economic and other benefits to communities by reducing flooding, and by cleaning and replenishing water supplies. It is better for the environment if impacts to wetlands can be avoided.