Construction Stormwater

Applying for a Land Disturbance Permit in Georgetown County:

Is Your Project Within the MS4 Area?:

The first step in permitting is to determine which area your project lies in. The Urbanized Area Map below shows our MS4 area, located in Murrells Inlet, SC. If you fall within this location please click on the "Inside the MS4" link below and follow the flowchart. If the project is not inside the area shown on the map click on "Outside the MS4" link below:

How to Apply for a Land Disturbance Application

Please follow the steps below when applying for a Land Disturbance Permit. A submittal will be considered incomplete until all required electronic and hardcopy documents are received in our office. To save time, please submit all electronic and hardcopy documents on the same day. If you have any specific questions regarding the permitting process, please email us at

1. Electronic Submission:

Please send each item listed on the Stormwater Submittal Checklist in an email to . Send each item on the checklist as a properly labeled separate attachment and identify it in the body of the email. As an option, large files can be submitted through a cloud based storage service such as Dropbox. If multiple emails are sent due to file size limitations, indicate the number of attachments included within each email, e.g., 'Email #1 of 3 with 4 attachments, email #2 of 3 with 4 attachments, etc.'  For example, the BMP Agreement is a small file that can be labeled as the BMP Agreement and sent as an attachment.  Site plans and SWPPP's are typically large files that can be sent via Dropbox. These should all be listed in the body of the email(s) and sent to

In addition to submitting electronically, please submit the following hardcopy documents, with ORIGINAL signatures, to the Georgetown County Stormwater Division office:

2. Hardcopy Documents:

  • - the check with proper review fees,
  • - signed Land Disturbance Application,
  • - signed Stormwater Submittal Checklist,
  • - signed and notarized BMP Agreement with Attachment A,
  • - the signature page of the SWPPP and any other page requiring original signatures, stamps or seals, and
  • - the stamped and addressed envelopes for all contiguous property owners (the Public Notice letters will be mailed from our office).

Please note:

- Attachment A is a Word document indicating how the site will be permanently maintained.

 - The 10-day Public Notice period will not begin unless all required fees and documents (hardcopy and electronic) are received by this office. The review process will begin shortly thereafter.

- Please submit any SCDHEC payments directly to that office. Georgetown County Stormwater Division does not forward anything to SCDHEC.

Thank you for your cooperation in the Georgetown County Stormwater submittal process.

Permitting Documents

Please use the documents below to help you with the application process:

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

To help you develop the narrative section of your construction site SWPPP, the Georgetown County Stormwater Division has created electronic SWPPP templates. These templates are designed to help guide you through the SWPPP development process and help ensure that your SWPPP addresses all the necessary elements stated in your construction general permit.

These templates cover the SWPPP elements that the State of South Carolina Construction General Permit requires, however the template serves as guidance only. You must customize this template to reflect the conditions at your project site. The site-specific SWPPP must be combined with proper and timely installation of the BMPs, thorough and frequent inspections, maintenance, and documentation. For guidance on appropriate BMPs, refer to the South Carolina DHEC Stormwater Management BMP Handbook. This document can be obtained by clicking the below link:


Why is the Control of Construction Site Runoff Necessary?

Polluted stormwater runoff from construction sites is often discharged into local rivers and streams. Of the pollutants listed in Table 1, sediment is usually the main pollutant of concern. Sources of sedimentation include agriculture, urban runoff, construction, and forestry. Sediment runoff rates from construction sites, however are typically 10 to 20 times greater that those of agricultural lands, and 1,000 to 2,000 times greater than those of forest lands. During a short period of time, construction sites can contribute more sediment to streams than can be deposited naturally during several decades.

The resulting siltation and the contribution of other pollutants from construction sites can cause physical, chemical, and biological harm to our nation's waters. For example, excess sediment can quickly fill inlets, rivers and lakes, requiring dredging and destroying aquatic habitats.

Pollutants Commonly Discharged From Construction Sites

  • Sediment
  • Solid and sanitary wastes
  • Phosphorous (fertilizer)
  • Nitrogen (fertilizer)
  • Pesticides
  • Oil and Grease
  • Concrete truck washout
  • Construction chemicals
  • Construction debris



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Georgetown County Stormwater Management
Old County Courthouse, Room 274, 129 Screven Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone: (843) 545-3524 • Fax: (843) 545-3005 •