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South Carolina Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

South Carolina Coastal Zone Management Act: South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 48-39-10 to 48-39-360

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Water quality certification: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 61-101

Coastal zones: R. 30-1 to 30-21

Definitions: R. 61-30 and R. 30-1(D)

Permit applications: R. 30-2

Mitigation: R. 30-4(G)

Fees: R. 61-30(G)(13) and R. 30-2(B)(9)

Permit transfers: R. 30-9

Public hearings: R. 30-3

Exempted activities: R. 30-5

Beach restoration funds: R. 30-18

Permits for construction in navigable waters: R. 19-450.1 to 19-450.16

Applications: R. 19-450.5

Exemptions: R. 19-450.3

Regulatory Agencies

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Environmental Quality Control (EQC) Bureau of Water

DHEC Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Charleston District Office Savannah District Office

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In South Carolina, there is no comprehensive program or single agency responsible for wetlands protection and regulation. However, South Carolina has developed a regulatory framework for wetland protection with which landowners must comply in conjunction with the federal wetlands regulations under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). For additional information about the federal permitting requirements, see the national section WETLANDS.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) administers the Water Quality Certification program pursuant to Section 401 of the federal CWA, and the ...


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