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 Building Official, John Porcelli

 Phone: (843) 795.4141; Fax: (843) 795-4878

The Building Services Department of the Town of James Island assures compliance with the International Building, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Fire, the Energy Conservation Code, the National Electrical Code and      other construction related, federal, state and local laws. The purpose of the codes are to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare 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. Currently, The Town's Building Inspector is working under the direction of Charleston County Building Official Carl Simmons through an intergovernmental agreement with Charleston County.

The vision of the Building Services Department is to work collaboratively with the other Town Departments to ensure the built environment in the Town is safe and attractive for people who live, work, and visit so that investments will not only be maintained, but will also grow. The Building Inspector is responsible for the enforcement of the building codes related to new residential construction, repairs, alterations, additions, rehabilitation, and demolition projects. Functions of this department include:

·Building Code Enforcement; responding to building code requests

·Review plans for new construction and rehabilitation projects

·Building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, safety, and sign inspections

·Certificate of occupancy inspections

·Issuance of construction related Permits

·Contractor Licensing

  • Finalizing permits
  • Special investigations - in-progress work being done without building permits.
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