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South Carolina Residential Builders Commission

Board News

At its August 8, 2018, meeting, the Commission voted that effective January 1, 2019, all Home Inspector License applicants must successfully complete the SC Business Management and Law Exam to be issued a license.

The South Carolina Residential Builders Commission ("Commission") would like to bring to your attention a recent amendment to its regulation, S.C. Reg. 106-1, effective May 25, 2018.

Under this amendment, "solar panel installers" has been added as a classification for residential specialty contractors. Please note that while a person holding a residential specialty contractor registration for "solar panel installer" is authorized to fabricate, assemble, install, and replace solar panels and related building components, the actual roof mounting of such panels may only be performed by a licensed residential builder, registered residential specialty contractor with a roofer classification, or a licensed general contractor with a general roofing or specialty roofing classification. Likewise, the wiring of the solar panels and other electrical connections must be performed by a licensed residential builder, a licensed residential electrician, or a licensed mechanical contractor with an electrical classification. Finally, if the roof requires any structural upgrades for the mounting and installation of the solar panels, the structural upgrades must be performed by a licensed residential builder, a registered residential specialty contractor with a classification in carpentry, or a licensed general contractor with building or structural framing classifications.

The Commission hopes that this regulation change clarifies any issues that building code departments may have had or are experiencing with solar panel installations, as well as assists the code officials in identifying appropriate permitting requirements for projects involving solar panels.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Commission with any questions you may have concerning this regulatory amendment.

RBC Administrator a Building Industry Leader as NASCLA President

LLR’s Janet Baumberger has been appointed President of the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA).

Baumberger began working at LLR in 2002 and has been the Administrator for the Residential Builders Commission since 2011.

“This is going to be a busy but exciting year,” Baumberger said. “As President, I want to continue the great services that NASCLA provides to state licensing agencies like ours.”


Please read more here.

SC Builder's Exam Notice:

In light of the State's recent adoption of the 2015 International Residential Code, effective July 1, 2016, the South Carolina Residential Builders Commission ("Commission") has reviewed the Residential Builders exam and is modifying it to reflect code changes and updated acceptable building practices. As a result, the Commission finds it necessary to increase the length of the exam from 80 questions to 110 questions, in order to adequately test applicants on current standards and code requirements. As a result of the additional questions, applicants will now be allotted 360 minutes, rather than 240 minutes, to complete the exam. These changes to the Residential Builders exam will take effect on September 1, 2016.

LLR Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Property Repairs Following Flooding

New Bond Form Effective 12/15/2016: Click Here for Fillable License Bond Form

Sting Nets 73 Cases of Unlicensed Builders/Contractors in State

Adoption of ASHI Standards:
At a recent meeting, the Residential Builders Commission adopted The Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors. Please click on for the current ASHI standards.


The South Carolina Residential Builders Commission will no longer send courtesy reminders to licensees when bonds expire. If you have any questions regarding the continued validity or expiration date of your bond, you can check the LLR website at or contact the Residential Builder's Commission at 803-896-4696.

Home Builder Licensees: Pursuant to Section 40-59-220 (C), you are required to have a bond on file with the Residential Builders Commission to hold an active residential builders license.

Specialty Contractor Licensees/Registratrants: Pursuant to 40-59-220 (D) and 40-59-240(D), you are required to have a bond on file with the Residential Builders Commission when the total cost of materials and labor for an undertaking (a job) performed by a residential specialty contractor for an individual property owner exceeds five thousand dollars ($5000.).


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