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Yes, trees located on residential lots that are 16 inches in diameter (measuring trunk 4 1/2 feet from the ground) are protected and require a permit from the Town of Mount Pleasant. Residential trees that are exempt from a permit are those under 16 inches in diameter and the following species: Pine, Sweet Gum, Callary Pear, River Birch, Mimosa, Chinaberry, Chinese Tallow, Camphor Tree, and White Poplar trees unless they are located in a buffer, critical area or right-of-way. Remember to check with your HOA or neighborhood for any covenants for restrictions regarding tree removal.
Yes. The permit can be issued to you as the owner or a contractor who is licensed to work in South Carolina. If you live in the Old Village Historic District, additional approval from the Historic District Preservation Commission will be necessary before a permit can be issued.
Yes. The Town allows accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in most residential zoning districts. Please call the PLAN Department at (843) 884-1229 to verify that your property can have an ADU. Size, location, occupancy, and other requirements may be found in Zoning Code Section 156.110 & 156.111. A building permit is required and can be submitted to our Building Inspections office with all required supplemental information as outlined on the ADU checklist.
You may trim any dead limbs out of a tree. You may also trim the live crown as long as it is evenly distributed throughout the crown and does not damage the tree or tree canopy.
There are several regulations that apply when determining the buildable area:
Yes, you need a plat approved by the Town of Mount Pleasant and recorded at the Charleston County Record of Deeds office.
Setbacks are regulated according to § 156.007, of the Town of Mount Pleasant Code of Ordinances as follows:
BUILDING LINE (includes SETBACK). That line which represents the minimum distances, when measured at right angles, which a building or structure must be placed from a lot line in accordance with the terms of this chapter. Front and rear yards should be located along the width of the lot (shorter dimension) and side yards should be located along the length of the lot (longer dimension), both regardless of lot and building orientation so as to provide the greatest amount of buildable area.
LOT, CORNER. A lot at the junction of, and fronting on, two or more streets (but not alleys) at their intersection (lot “A” in diagram shown below).
LOT, DEPTH. The average horizontal distance between the front and rear lot lines, measured in the general direction of its side lot lines.
LOT, DOUBLE FRONTAGE. A lot having a frontage on two streets (but not alleys), at a point other than at their intersection, as distinguished from corner lot (lot “C” in diagram shown below).
LOT, INTERIOR. A lot other than a corner lot, having frontage on only one street other than an alley (lot “B” in diagram shown below).