Building, Inspections and Code Enforcement

   Ruthie Helms

Ruthie Helms
Building Official
(864) 848-5397

The Building Codes division of the Building and Development Standards Department develops and maintains city ordinances concerning installation and maintenance of building, electrical, mechanical, gas, plumbing, and other systems. Division employees supervise and perform inspections of buildings to ensure compliance with applicable codes, regulations, and city ordinances, and develop code change.

Division supervisor Ruthie Helms plans, organizes and administers activities of the building inspections program. She also: administers compliance with city’s regulatory codes; interprets and explains codes, ordinances and regulations to contractors, homeowners and other interested parties; conducts building plan reviews to determine code compliance before the issuance of permit; investigates and responds to complaints related to violations of city ordinances, ensuring subsequent compliance; assists the Fire Marshal with maintenance inspections on existing buildings; inspects old and dangerous structures for compliance with standard housing code and unsafe building abatement code; oversees site visits for code compliance and inspections; schedules public hearings and maintains a library of codes adopted for public inspection; and responds to citizen questions.

The office is also over the Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals.

The adoption of the 2015 codes is complete and the implementation date is set for July 1, 2016. 
  • South Carolina Residential Code
  • South Carolina Building Code
  • South Carolina Fire Code
  • South Carolina Plumbing Code
  • South Carolina Mechanical Code
  • South Carolina Existing Building Code
  • South Carolina Fuel Gas Code
  • 2014 National Electrical Code
  • 2017 ICC/ANSI A117.1 SC Barrier Free Building Design Standard
  • (Regulation 19-400 as established by SC Law Section 10-5-210)
***Please note: The 2009 International Energy Code will remain in effect.***

Significant Changes to 2015 Residential Electrical Code