COVID-19 Pandemic Modified Operations

To protect citizens and minimize opportunities to spread COVID-19 in our community, access to public buildings has been restricted.  Permits may be applied for online at access.columbiasc.gov or via email to DevelopmentCenter@columbiasc.gov.  Payments should be made online via the Access Portal (instructions).

NOTE: Not all permits are yet available to be applied for online. All permits may be submitted via email.

Also:  Files over 20MB must be submitted via FTP. Please coordinate with permit staff to use this service.


Development Review, Permitting & Building Inspections


This online comprehensive guide will help you through the Construction Development review process at the City of Columbia.  Our goal is to provide an efficient and clear development review process by coordinating and tracking projects using professional and courteous customer service so that Columbia may grow and prosper while maintaining a high quality of life for all.  The information is divided into two sections: Residential and Commercial.

  • Visit the Commercial section if you are working on a commercial or multi-family project
  • Information on land development reviews can be found in the Boards and Commissions section.  This includes rezoning and site plan review information as well as applications for zoning variances and special exceptions.  

We hope your experience with the building review and permitting process is a good one!