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The 2015 South Carolina OSE Manual: More Paperwork Required to Tear it Down

By on May 9, 2016 |

The State Engineer has to approve the demolition of any state-owned building or other improvement to real property. In 2011, the OSE Manual required the agency to provide four pieces of information when the agency requests approval for demolition. In the 2015 OSE Manual update, the necessary information has doubled.

Previously the agency had to provide:

  1. A complete description of the real property to be demolished, including age, size, type of construction, use, condition, exterior and interior photographs, etc.;
  2. The reason for demolishing the real property;
  3. The estimated cost of demolition; and
  4. The source of funds.

Under the 2015 update, the agency now has to provide the following additional information:

  1. Insurance policy number and segment ID for the building;
  2. Zoning and/or other approvals from the Local Jurisdiction having authority over the project;
  3. For Higher Education buildings, approval for the demolition from the school’s Board of Trustees;
  4. If the building is listed or eligible to be considered for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, approval of the demolition or notification that the property is neither listed in the National Register, nor a contributing property to a listing in the National Register from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

This post is the second in a series by Elmore Goldsmith attorney Leslie Sullivan, which will examine recent changes to the 2015 edition of the South Carolina Manual for Planning and Execution of State Permanent Improvements.  The manual can be found in its entirety here. To view other posts in this series, click here.

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