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Hospitality Tax

Dorchester County hospitality tax reporting and payments due between April 1 and June 1 have been postponed and will be due by June 1, 2020 with no penalties or interest.

This does not include the February 2020 reporting, which was due on March 20. Please note all convenience fees for online payments have been waived until further notice.

Any/all questions should be directed sent to

Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds (ROD) office encourages submitters to submit documents via E-File and by US mail.

The following is a list of Dorchester County’s current E File vendors. Real Estate closing professionals are encouraged to contact any of the vendors listed below to establish an account so that E-filing is possible.

  1. Simplifile – 1-800-460-5657 or
  2. ePN – 1-888-325-3365 or
  3. CSC - (866) 652-0111 or

Building Permits and Inspections

For the safety of the citizens of Dorchester County as well as staff, Dorchester County encourages the use of the County’s online Permitting, Inspection and Licensing Portal. This portal can be accessed on this website. Once you have created an account, you will be able to submit for permits, request inspections and pay fees through the Evolve Portal.

In the event that Dorchester County Building Services cannot fulfill inspection requests during this National Pandemic, the Dorchester County Chief Building Official will allow for inspections to be conducted by properly licensed SC Engineers as well as by properly certified 3rd Party Inspection Companies. 

Additionally, the County will expect photographs and reports of all inspections and the schedule of inspections to be followed. If inspections are missed, the project will be put on hold until such time as Dorchester County can verify compliance. Before contracting with another agency or engineer, the Building Services Department must be contacted for approval by contacting Melissa Hopkins at or Jamie Collins at

Certificates of Occupancy will be generated as soon as possible, but there may be a delay in receiving them. Also, we will do our best to call in electrical and gas releases when notified.