Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands (South Carolina)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place South Carolina

Applies to States or Provinces South Carolina
Name Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands (South Carolina)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Natural Gas, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 1977

Program Administrator South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction As defined in this legislation, coastal zones are all coastal waters and submerged lands seaward to the State's jurisdictional limits and all coastal lands and waters in the counties of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Horry, Jasper and Georgetown.

Last Review 2014-09-15


This legislation enacts a state management program to oversee water and land use and development in South Carolina's coastal zone. Under the program, the Department of Health and Environmental Control is authorized to enact regulations to protect coastal zones. Permits are required for many activities which may disrupt land or water in these areas, including dredging, the construction of pipelines, and other development.

The South Carolina Coastal Management Program was established under the guidelines of the national Coastal Zone Management Act (1972) as a state-federal partnership to comprehensively manage coastal resources. It was authorized in 1977 under SC’s Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands Act (CTWA) with the goal of achieving balance between the appropriate use, development, and conservation of coastal resources in the best interest of all citizens of the state.

DHEC's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (DHEC-OCRM) is the designated state coastal management agency and is responsible for the implementation of the state’s Coastal Management Program. Implementation includes the direct regulation of impacts to coastal resources within the critical areas of the state including coastal waters, tidelands, beaches and beach dune systems; and indirect certification authority over direct federal actions and federal and state permit decisions within the eight coastal counties.

The SC Coastal Management Program also includes the direct permitting of stormwater and land disturbances in the coastal zone in coordination with the state-wide stormwater permitting program.

Policy Contact

Department South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Division Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Address 2600 Bull Street
Place Columbia, South Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 29201
Phone (803) 898-DHEC (3432)

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: S.C. Code 48-39
Date Enacted 1977