Electrical Regulations by State - South Carolina



As of July 1st, 2007 the 2005 NEC is implemented for all jurisdictions. Local jurisdictions may have implemented Annex G of the 2005 NEC.


The Building Codes Council was originally created to oversee adoption of building codes by cities and counties in South Carolina and to assist in their use and interpretation when requested. The Council was charged with the responsibility to authorize amendments to building codes proposed by cities and counties throughout the state, before they could be adopted or enforced.

In July of 2003, Act 83, which constituted a complete rewrite of the Building Codes Council's Practice Act, was signed into law by Governor Sanford. The new statutory language shifted the responsibility of adoption and implementation of the mandatory building codes, from the local jurisdictions, to the Council. In addition, a mandatory, structured building code adoption and modification procedure was established.

Electrical Contractor

Contractors performing on contracts of $17,500 or more must be licensed by the State Licensing Board for Contractors. Applicants must pass a written examination. License fee $350; examination fee $75; biennial renewal license fee $350. A special license is required for contractors exclusively installing fire alarms.

Electrical Contractor $350.00 $75.00 $350.00/2yr
Journeyman Electrician

No state licensing of journeymen. Licensed at local level.


Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.