department of public works
Encroachments in the Public Right-of-Way
Permits are required for any encroachment into the City’s right of way. Surface
Encroachments include any permanent structures placed in the right of way, such
as handicap ramps, retaining walls, etc., that otherwise would be impossible to
place on private property. Air Rights Encroachment include balconies, signs,
portions of buildings, etc., that hang over into the public right of way.
Surface and Air Rights Encroachments require a $50 application fee and may be
filled out in the Construction Inspection office located in the basement of City
Other Construction Disturbances
All other encroachments, including pods, dumpsters, utility installations,
driveways and sidewalk closures, etc., are handled with a general encroachment
To expedite the process, you may download the forms online: More information and encroachment forms
Capital Project Inspection
Capital Projects include construction of streets, bridges, storm drains, sewer mains,
utilities and sidewalks. This includes programs such as
NSTEP, Sidewalk Rehabilitation, and the Resurfacing Program. Development
agreements and some community development projects include public infrastructure
upgrades and/or new construction. All public improvements
are inspected by Construction Inspection.
Construction Inspection also performs project management on some Capital projects.
Managing projects includes, but is not limited to, providing preliminary cost estimates,
Consultant selection, design review, Public meeting coordination, Right of Way and
right of entry agreements, project bidding, Contractor selection, contract administration,
daily project coordination, and project closeout.
Sediment and Erosion Control
Construction Inspection enforces
sediment and erosion control as required by the EPA, DHEC, and City Ordinances.
All land disturbing activities, except those specifically excluded by EPA and DHEC,
shall have the necessary protections in place to prevent erosion of soil on site
and transportation of sediment off site. Certain Sites are required to have a NPDES
(National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit. Failure to comply with
sediment and erosion control requirements will result in verbal warnings, written
warnings, stop work orders, fines of up to $ 1,277.50 per day, and/or possible enforcement
actions by DHEC or the EPA. There are many new technologies and plenty of information
to help Developers, Contractors and homeowners comply with these requirements. If
you have questions or need any information on erosion and sediment control, please
contact the Construction Inspection office and we will be glad to assist. For more
City of Greenville Design and Specifications Manual (DSM)
Site Grading Permits
Site grading permits require inspections for conformance to approved plans and specifications, and adherence to the
Sediment and Erosion Control Plan (SWPPP). Public infrastructure such as sewer mains or public streets may be a part of a site grading permit. A preconstruction meeting is required on some sites due to the size and scope. Check your permit requirements and contact Construction Inspection to schedule a preconstruction meeting by calling 864-467-8890.