Section 48-39-80 of the 1977 Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands Act, in addition to the CZMP, states the coastal program (DHEC OCRM) “shall have the authority to review all state and federal permit applications in the coastal zone and to certify that these do not contravene the management plan” as there is a need for the State “to manage the wise conservation and use of these valuable resources of the coastal zone.” This is based on one general policy, that being “to protect the quality of the coastal environment and to promote the economic and social improvement of the coastal zone and of all the people of the State."
As stated above, the coastal zone consistency review is triggered when an applicant submits for one (or multiple) state permits to alter land. For the list of State Permitting Authorities operating in the coastal zone, click here.
Application and Checklists
Individual Coastal Zone Consistency Application Documents
Policy Group Check Lists
The following Policy Checklists were created to assist in identifying coastal management policies that are applicable to proposed projects or activities within the SC Coastal Zone. More than one Policy Checklist may apply. All applicable Policy Checklists must be submitted with the State Coastal Zone Consistency Request Form.
- Residential Development
- Transportation Facilities (Ports, Roads and Highways, Airports, Railways, and Parking Facilities)
- Coastal Industries (Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, Manufacturing, Fish and Seafood Processing, and Aquaculture)
- Commercial Development
- Recreation and Tourism (Parks and Commercial Recreation)
- Marine Related Facilities (Marinas, Boat Ramps, and Docks)
- Wildlife and Fisheries Management (Artificial Reefs and Impoundments)
- Dredging (Dredging and Spoil Disposal)
- Public Services and Facilities (Sewage Treatment, Solid Waste Disposal, Public Buildings, Dams and Reservoirs, and Water Supply)
- Erosion Control (Funding and General Erosion Control)
- Energy and Energy-Related Facilities
- Activities in Areas of Special Resource Significance (Barrier Islands, Dune Areas, Navigational Channels, Public Open Spaces, and Wetlands)
- Stormwater Management (Runoff, Bridge Runoff, Golf Course Management, Mines, and Landfills)
- Beach and Shoreline Access
Additional Forms and Information
- DHEC-OCRM Wetland Permitting Section
- Digital Boundary Submission Instructions ( pdf ) (06/10/2016)
- Coastal Zone Counties in State Plane (DWG File) (03/17/2008)
- New Digital Boundary Submission Instructions
How a State Coastal Zone Consistency decision is made
As part of these review processes, the proposed project is circulated to the public and a variety of State agencies for comment. When the public review period is completed, the staff will consider all relevant Department Geographic Information data, the enforceable policies and any comments received. The State Consistency determination (memorandum) is then provided to the State Permitting Authority.
- State Coastal Zone Consistency Process
- Guidelines for Evaluation of All Projects
- Mitigation Guidelines
- Interaction of Coastal Zone Consistency Process and Geographic Areas of Particular Concern (GAPC)
- State Permitting Authorities Operating in the Coastal Zone