Plan Review & Permits
Anderson County requires that all land disturbing activities disturbing one or more acres, including sites smaller than one acre that are part of a larger common plan of development ultimately disturbing one or more acres, obtain permit coverage for their stormwater discharges by submitting a stormwater management and sediment control plan. A stormwater management and sediment control plan must be certified by one of the following:
- Registered professional engineers as described in S.C. Code 1976, § 40-22-10 et seq.
- Registered landscape architects as described in S.C. Code 1976, § 40-28-10(a) et seq.
- Tier B land surveyor as described in S.C. Code 1976, § 40-22-10 et seq.
A base fee of $850 plus $200 per disturbed acre for any application submitted is required.
Upon receipt of a stormwater plan submittal the Stormwater Department has 20 working days to review the plan and issue an approval letter or review comments transmitted to the applicant. If notice is not given or action not taken by the Stormwater Department within 20 working days, the plan is considered approved by default.
Once an applicant’s plan receives approval from Anderson County, a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit must also be obtained from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) before land disturbing activities can begin. An application fee of $125 is required for this permit. Checks should be made payable to SCDHEC, but submitted to Anderson County with the original stormwater management and sediment control plan application. Anderson County will forward the approval letter, the $125 SCDHEC application fee, and the Notice of Intent (NOI) to SCDHEC. Within 7 days of receiving this information SCDHEC will issue NPDES permit coverage or request to review the stormwater plan also before issuing a NPDES permit.
The Design Manual contains the stormwater design requirements and can be found on the Forms and Documents page.