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Combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and

Notice of Intent to Request a Release of Funds






Colleton County

PO Box 157

Walterboro, SC 29488

(843) 549-5221


These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Colleton County.


On or about December 16, 2019, Colleton County will submit a request to the SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division for the release of CDBG funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Colleton County Project with a total of $550,000 including $500,000 CDBG funds where the County proposes to use funding to upgrade the water lines in the identified neighborhood. The primary activity with this project is to replace the old, small water lines with larger water lines and add fire hydrants. Approximately 7,001 LF of new 6” water line will replace the existing small water line to connect the water line to provide a looping effect and improve water pressure and flow to allow for installing fire hydrants to cover the area with better fire protection. Additionally, the project will include the installation of 5 new fire hydrants, 12 new gate valves, replacement of all service assemblies, and looped interconnections to an existing 12-inch water main, an existing 8-inch water main, and an existing 6-inch water main.  The looping improves flow capabilities, reduces pressure losses, and helps to maintain fresh water.


Proposed 6-inch water main along Live Oak Street will cross wetlands depicted on the USFWS National Wetlands Inventory Maps beginning approximately 1,135 south of Live Oak Street’s intersection with Barracada Road.  The crossing is proposed to be made by the directional drill method using fused HDPE pipe extending approximately 300 feet southward in a manner such that there will be no impacts to these wetlands.  Both the entry point and the exit point will be positioned outside the boundaries of the wetlands.  Directional drilling of utility pipelines has now advanced to the point that such wetlands crossings need not be designed with one continuous arc but rather can be turned as needed to extend under streams and associated wetlands such as Shereau Branch without having to go excessively deep.  This will allow the design to proceed such that there will be a minimum of 4 feet of earth cover, but not so deep that access is restricted if a leak or rupture were to occur.  A wetlands crossing in this manner would be allowed by the US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit #12-Utility Line Activities and would not require the submittal of a Pre-Construction Notification.

Since there are no wetlands within the right-of-way of Barracada Road and the water mainalong that road is proposed to be completely within that right-of-way, there will be no water mains crossing wetlands along that road.

The design of the proposed project will incorporate the use of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) particularly as it relates to sediment/erosion control and the protection of the wetlands to be crossed.



Colleton County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Colleton County Administration Office, 109 Benson Street, Walterboro, SC and may be examined or copied weekdays 9A.M to 5P.M.


Welcome Contractors!  Walterboro wants contractors working in the City to have a positive experience.  We strive to work with you to get your project done!

The Planning and Development Department stands ready to help contractors move their projects forward smoothly and safely. Whether it is a renovation, addition or new construction, we want to assist with timely support, and inspections to ensuring safe, quality construction. 

Remember, this page is for you, contractors. Please let us know what else you would like to see here.


Building Construction Permits & Inspections

Whether your project is part of a larger development project or is a stand-alone building, your project is important to us. When plans are required, we are here to ensure that they comply with the most recently adopted codes and regulations. The Building Plans Examiner will assist you through the permitting process, and will coordinate with other City staff to ensure your plans are approved according to codes as efficiently as possible.

Planning & Plan Submittal

Most building permit applications require some level of plan submittal for review to ensure compliance.  We recommend a short meeting before incurring expense to make sure we are all on the same page. Simply call or email to discuss your project or set up a meeting. We are eager to sit down with you and get your project moving. 

Site & Construction Plan Submittal

  • Three (3) sets of site plans and building elevations for one and two family construction
  • Three (3) sets of site plans and building elevations for commercial construction
  • A tree survey could possibly be required, depending on extent of construction and location of site
  • Drawings must be drawn to scale indicating:
    • Setback, buffer and height requirements of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
    • All new construction including fences with boundaries of adjoining properties
    • Total square footage of parcel and total square footage of impervious land
    • Required Base Flood Elevation if construction is in a flood hazard zone

Commercial Building Plan Submittal

  • Three (3) sets of complete building plans and specifications including, properly sealed by an SC registered architect or engineer (for building size, height or occupancy)
  • Drawings must indicate:
    • Footings/Foundation plans and fasteners. Piers and pilings require structural calculations from an engineer.
    • Floor framing plan with structural calculations if requested
    • Roof framing plan
    • Energy calculations if requested

Timing is everything! Our goal is to contact you within 10 days of receiving your plans for any revisions necessary prior to approval. The quicker you get any revisions to your plans back to staff, the quicker you can receive your building permit!

 Building Permit Instructions

The permit expires if work authorized is not commenced within six months of the date of issue or if work is abandoned or suspended for a period of 6 months. If an extension is required, submit your request in writing indicating the reason for the delay in completion of the project. Keep in mind that a structure cannot be occupied until a Certificate of Occupancy is issued or a final inspection is approved.

Helpful Hints

  • All required paperwork must be submitted to City Hall before the inspection is requested.
  • Approved plans must be available at the job site.
  • Post the building permit card on the job site at all times in a visible and readily accessible location.
  • Be sure to provide access for the inspection.
  • For efficiency, be sure the job is ready for the inspection prior to requesting it.

Regular Inspections

To schedule an inspection, call at 843-782-1000, ext. "0" after 8am. We will schedule your inspection for the next possible appointment. To obtain inspection results, or cancel an inspection you can call Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

Certificate of Occupancy or Final Inspection

After passing all inspections and submitting any requested final paperwork, you will receive a Certificate of Occupancy for new construction or a 'Final' for other construction. CONGRATULATIONS!