Engineering

The Engineering Department is responsible for engineering services for the Town of Summerville. The staff includes Professional Engineers, engineering technicians and administrative support.

The department also provides administrative and engineering support for the Town's Public Works Department.

Plot Plans

Site plans for Single Family Residential building permits are generally known as Plot Plans. A Plot Plan Requirements Checklist has been created to assist applicants in the preparation of a plot plan.

Effective January 2022, sod is required for final grass stabilization over the disturbed portions of the lot before the home’s Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. This is to ensure there is permanent vegetation established after the residential construction is completed to prevent sediment runoff from the site onto adjacent properties, roadways, storm drains, and surface waters.

Services

Site & Subdivision Plan Review

Projects are reviewed to insure compliance with all Town, State and Federal regulations and to ensure that the best engineering practices for roads, drainage, stormwater design, construction and management are followed. Plats are also reviewed and approved to comply with Town standards.  Engineering Staff are available to meet with property owners/developers and engineers during plan development.

Effective January 2022, sod is required for final grass stabilization over permanent stormwater ponds and drainage swales before the project can be closed out or placed under warranty. Dry ponds are to be sodded over all portions of the pond area including the maintenance shelf to the pond bottom. Wet ponds are to be sodded on the maintenance shelf and side slopes to the normal water surface elevation.  In subdivisions, all common areas not permanently stabilized by the end of the warranty period shall also be sodded.

Stormwater Permitting

The Engineering Department oversees the Town’s Stormwater Management Program and is responsible for the issuance and enforcement of stormwater construction permits for all land disturbance projects within the Town’s MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm sewer System) area.  

Project Inspection

Engineering inspectors ensure that roads, drainage, earthwork and stormwater construction projects are constructed according to the approved plans and permits. Overseeing construction of roadway and drainage facilities which are intended to be maintained by the Town upon completion.

Project Management 

Engineering services are provided for small improvement projects by the Town as needed. Larger projects are contracted out to engineering consultants and contractors and supervised by the department.

Technical Assistance

is provided to other Town departments, residents and other agencies regarding public works and other Town facilities.