S.C. Code Regs. 121-8.5 - Well Drilling Permits

A. No person shall drill any well, as defined in Section 121-8.2 without first obtaining a well drilling permit from the Commission. A separate application and permit shall be required for each well drilled.
B. In order to obtain a well drilling permit, an applicant, who shall be the operator or operators of the well, shall submit the following information:
(1) A properly completed application, on forms to be provided by the Commission;
(2) An Affidavit of Ownership for each well and an Organizational Report for each operator, as described in Section 121-8.3(A)unless such affidavit or report has been previously filed as required in the same section;
(3) A plat or plats prepared by a professional land surveyor licensed to practice in the State of South Carolina showing:
(a) The exact location including latitude and longitude and surface elevation of the proposed well;
(b) The distance and direction from the proposed well to the two closest property lines;
(c) All highways and roads, railroads, or watercourses within one half mile of the proposed well and all buildings whether public or private (the most recent U.S. Geological Survey quadrangle maps, S.C. Department of Highways and Public Transportation county highway maps, county tax maps, and the county auditor's list of real property may be used in fulfillment of this requirement); and
(d) All operating water wells, except wells used exclusively for single-family domestic purposes, within a radius of one (1) mile from the proposed well;
(4) A performance bond in the amount and form as described in Section 121-8.6;
(5) Such additional information as the Commission shall require to fully evaluate the proposed permit.
C. Deepening a well below its permitted depth shall require prior approval of the Commission. A well being drilled under an existing permit may be deepened by amending the existing permit. A new well drilling permit will be required to reopen and deepen a plugged and abandoned well.
D. No well drilling permit shall be issued within the corporate limits of any municipality unless the governing authority of the municipality shall have first approved such activity by resolution. No well drilling permit shall be issued by the Commission for drilling on any beach. Well drilling platforms in the Atlantic Ocean shall not be located within one (1) mile of the mean high water mark of any beach within the territorial jurisdiction of the State of South Carolina.


S.C. Code Regs. 121-8.5

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