Building Inspections

Building Permitting Best Practices

Print out the appropriate permit application from the list in the link below (printed permits are also available in the vestibule of our offices at 440 S Church Street). Alternatively, permits will be made available and may be picked up in the unstaffed vestibule area of the Building Permits office.

**NOTE: Beginning in June 2023 we will be requesting all commercial plan reviews be submitted electronically; we will provide a link at that time to allow architects, builders and anyone submitting commercial plans for building review to use this link to submit their drawings and associated documents. We will still allow a hard set of drawings to be submitted but in addition to the electronic submittal. **

View the building permits page.

After completing the application:
  • Scan the application and send it to City staff via the building permit email ( or by fax at 864-596-2833.
  • Alternatively, completed applications may be left in the dropbox at 440 S Church Street
  • Approval notification will be emailed to the applicant
  • Applicants can then pay appropriate fees online by following the link below.

Visit the online fee payment website.

Important note: The City of Spartanburg will begin enforcing the 2021 edition International Codes and the 2020 National Electrical Code on January 1, 2023.

The Building Inspections and Permits Department inspects all new construction within the City of Spartanburg. Our department is responsible for issuing all construction-related permits for both commercial and residential projects, and ensuring that all construction is in code and ordinance compliance. We strive to provide a safe building environment for all citizens of our City.

Types of Permits We Issue

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Demolition
  • Street cuts
  • Grading
  • Fire suppression
  • Sprinklers
  • Fire alarms
  • Moving

Codes Enforced by the City of Spartanburg

Note: The 2021 International Codes go into effect on January 1, 2023.

2017 Edition
2018 Edition Building Code
2017 Edition Electrical Code
American National Standards
2018 Edition Residential Code
N/AInstitute Accessibility Guidelines
2018 Edition Fire CodeN/A
(ICC A117.1)
2018 Edition Mechanical CodeN/AN/A
2018 Edition Plumbing Code
2018 Edition Fuel Gas Code
2009 Edition Energy Conservation CodeN/A
2018 Edition Property
Maintenance CodeN/A