Registration and Exams
The SC Building Codes Enforcement Officers' Registration Practice Act requires that all persons acting as a special inspector - except an architect licensed by the SC Board of Architectural Examiners or an engineer registered by the SC Board of Professional Engineers and Surveyors who may practice as a special inspector without additional registration - must be registered with the South Carolina Building Codes Council, before they may practice as a special inspector in SC.
Registrations are issued on a two-year cycle beginning on July 1st of each odd numbered year and expiring on June 30th of the next odd numbered year.
To obtain special inspector registration, the applicant must complete the Special Inspector Registration Application and submit it to the Council with the required fee and certifications.
For the minimum qualifications of a special inspector, please familiarize yourself with the Special Inspection Manual. The manual details the training and exam requirements for a special inspector depending on the discipline(s) for which you wish to apply.
The purpose of this manual is to provide local building officials, special inspection agencies, engineers, architects, and project owners with guidelines for the use of Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC) in South Carolina. The manual briefly describes the types of projects that require special inspections, the procedure for reporting special inspections, and the minimum qualifications of special inspectors. It defines the duties and responsibilities of the project owner, architect or engineer of record, special inspector and general contractor regarding special inspections.