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South Carolina Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-SC)

In South Carolina, a bulk transmission developer may need a State Land Easement from the South Carolina Department of Administration for projects that cross over, under, or through state-owned property, including marshlands and navigable water. A bulk transmission developer may also need an Encroachment Permit and/or a Utility Agreement from the South Carolina Department of Transportation to build, modify, add to, operate or relocate a new or existing utility on a state road right-of-way.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.


Permitting at a Glance

South Carolina Federal

State Land Right-of-Way: Any person may need a State Land Easement to construct powerlines over, on, or under vacant state lands or marshlands. S.C. Code Ann. § 1-11-80.
State Land Right-of-Way Agency: South Carolina Department of Administration
State Highway Right-of-Way: Public utilities may need an Encroachment Permit and/or a Utility Agreement to install a utility or perform any work on a state highway right-of-way. SCDOT Utility Accommodation Manual (2011) § 1.1.2. A public utility is defined as “any organization, corporation, municipality, county, authority or other association providing any type of utility service to the general public for compensation and that is subject to South Carolina state law.” SCDOT Utility Accommodation Manual (2011) § 1.3.
State Highway Right-of-Way Agency: South Carolina Department of Transportation
Eminent Domain: All state authorities established by the State of South Carolina for the purpose of transmitting or distributing electric power may exercise the power of eminent domain. S.C. Code Ann. § 28-3-20.