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The City of Darlington Codes Enforcement Office handles zoning ordinances, restoration approval for historical homes, commercial codes and more.

The City of Darlington Codes Enforcement Office

Located: 400 Pearl Street
Codes Enforcement Officer & City Building Inspector: David Wilkes at extension 106
Codes Enforcement Assistant Officer: Sheila Jones at extension 105
Contact: (843) 398-4029


The Codes Enforcement Officer offers building permits at 400 Pearl Street.  Permits are required for any work over $200.

Permits are required for any work done within the City limits, including construction, repairs, and demolition.
Separate permits must be obtained for building, structural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work.

To obtain a permit, each contractor on a job needs to obtain a city business license and submit a contract to the Codes Enforcement Office.  They are also required to have a state license.

Plans should be submitted to the Codes Enforcement Office.  Review the Commercial Site Plan Review Checklist found on this page for more information.

Upon building inspection, these common items will be checked for compliance:

  • Panel Box properly labeled
  • Pan under hot water heater
  • Exit signs at all doors
  • Cover plates on all receptacles and switches
  • No raw wires showing
  • Updated Fire Extinguisher
  • Fire Alarms
  • No extension cords being used for permanent wiring
  • 4″ lettering adhered to the front of the house for E-911 and mailing purposes

Be sure to review Commercial Appearance Codes and Information for Business Licenses found on our website.

Was your historic property damaged during Hurricane Florence?

Grants are available to assist property owners. Applicants can apply for assistance making repairs to historic properties with documented damage resulting from Hurricane Florence in September 2018. Any individual, corporation, non-profit organization, or institution in South Carolina may apply. There is no match required.

S.C. Department of Archives & History

Find the application online here.

  • Award Amount: $10,000 to $250,000
  • Application Deadline: July 30
  • Grants Awarded: Fall 2020
  • Grant-Funded Activity: Begins AFTER Dec. 1

For more information, contact Brad Sauls, 803-896-6172.

Considering improvements for your historic home?

If you are in one of the City’s historic districts OR your home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you will need approval from the Historic Landmarks Commission prior to making any changes. Submit an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, and staff will schedule a meeting for the commission to review your request. The fee for this application is $65, payable to City of Darlington, at the time of application. This covers the cost of notification and advertisement of the meeting as required by state law.

If you are not making any changes to your historic property but simply need to make repairs or paint, submit an Application for a Certificate of No Effect prior to beginning work. There is no fee for this application.

For both applications, supporting data (sketches, drawings, photo or snapshot, architect’s plans, site plan, etc.) must be submitted.