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Encroachment Permits

What Is An Encroachment Permit?

The application for an Encroachment Permit is a request to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) for permission to perform work (encroach) within SCDOT maintained Rights-Of-Way. An approved permit grants the customer encroachment permission according to the guidelines established within the permit.

There are no fees associated with an SCDOT Encroachment Permit nor for access to SCDOT's Encroachment Permit Processing System (EPPS).

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How is an encroachment permit obtained?

In order to expedite the permit approval process, customers are strongly encouraged to contact the County or District staff and schedule a preliminary meeting before an application for permit is submitted. County and District contact information can be found in Appendix B of the Access and Roadside Management Standards.

Customers are required to submit encroachment permit applications electronically. SCDOT uses an automated system, EPPS, to accept, process, and manage permit requests and to issue Encroachment Permits.

SCDOT provides customers two options for submitting applications: Single-Use and Multi-Use.

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Single-Use Customers

The Single-Use form is intended for customers who submit one (1) application in a calendar year.

The Single-Use form is restricted to the following encroachment types:

  • Bus Shelters
  • Communications (Cable TV, Telephone, & Other)
  • Drainage
  • Driveway - Single Residential
  • Driveway - Temporary Construction
  • Electric
  • Environmental
  • Gas
  • Landscaping
  • Park and Ride
  • Railroad Crossing
  • Resurfacing
  • Sewer
  • Signs
  • Traffic Calming
  • Traffic Control, Special Event
  • Water

For all other encroachment types, utilize the Multi-Use Customers section.

Single-Use Submittal Tutorial

If you are a Single-Use customer and are ready to submit for an encroachment type listed above, please click the "Single-Use Only" button below.

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Multi-Use Customers

The Multi-Use form is intended for customers who submit two (2) or more applications in a calendar year. Multi-Use Customers may submit applications for the following encroachment types:

  • Bus Shelters
  • Communications (Cable TV, Telephone, & Other)
  • Drainage
  • Driveway - Single Residential
  • Driveway - Temporary Construction
  • Electric
  • Environmental
  • Gas
  • Landscaping
  • Park and Ride
  • Railroad Crossing
  • Resurfacing
  • Sewer
  • Signs
  • Traffic Calming
  • Traffic Control, Special Event
  • Water

Multi-Use purpose or items identified below require the customer to create an account login to access EPPS. The account login will allow the customer to upload documents that are necessary for review.

  • Driveway - Commercial
  • Driveway - Multiple Residential/Subdivision
  • Multi County, Same District, Fiber Optic Broadband
  • Municipality/Locally Funded Project
  • Road Connection (non-Driveway)
  • Schools
  • Blanket Permits
  • Other

How do I obtain an EPPS account?

There is a simple two-step process to request an EPPS account.

  1. Click the "Request an Account" button below.
  2. Once you have received an email with your login and password information, click the "Login" button under the Existing Customers section to access your account.

An EPPS account provides customers with an intuitive management system that can be accessed at any time. Customers are able to: track the status of current applications, review previous applications and their documentation, and upload new documentation (signed forms, additional plans, addendums, etc.).

Please wait for the confirmation email with your account login details, before submitting an application. If you have submitted an application through the Single-Use form before obtaining an EPPS account, that application will not be associated with your new account. In order to associate previous Single-Use applications with a new EPPS account, please Email Us or call toll free: 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368).

Click the "Request an Account" button below if you are a Multi-Use customer and are ready to request an account.

Existing Customers

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Email or call us toll free 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368)
Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Need Help?

For technical issues with EPPS, customer accounts, or logging in, please contact the Call Center.

For questions regarding status of permit application, please contact your local SCDOT Office.

Need Help or Have Questions?

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