Construction in Navigable Waters (South Carolina)

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Place South Carolina

Applies to States or Provinces South Carolina
Name Construction in Navigable Waters (South Carolina)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Hydroelectric
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


This South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control program establishes a number of provisions regarding waters, water resources, and drainage in South Carolina. Navigable streams and rivers are declared to be common highways and “forever free”. The obstruction of such waterways is prohibited. A permit is required for hydroelectric projects necessitating the impoundment or diversion of navigable streams; some exemptions apply. The remainder of this legislation addresses permitting fees, landowner obligations, and the use of navigable waterways for timber transport.

Policy Contact

Department South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Division Bureau of Water
Address 2600 Bull Street

Place Columbia, South Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 29201
Phone (803) 898-DHEC (3432)


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: S.C. Code 49-1

Date Enacted 1962

Authority 2: S.C.R. 19-450
Date Effective 1995