|GS - Real Property Services - Easements|
All navigable waters of South Carolina are considered public trust properties owned by
the State. The State of South Carolina is the custodian of these lands and/or waters,
and it is within the interest of the State to protect the public interest in which these
lands are held. Any easement requested across, over, under or through State-owned
property, including marshlands and navigable waters, require the approval of the Budget
and Control Board. Real Property Services reviews and assesses all such easement
requests and presents to the five-member Budget and Control Board for final approval
those easement requests determined to be necessary and beneficial.
Applicants must submit a completed easement application to Real Property Services. This application must be accompanied by:
Since applicants may be subject to multiple permit requirements, early contact with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control should be incorporated into the planning stage of the project so that adequate time may be allowed for the applicant to obtain the appropriate permits for the proposed activity prior to submitting the State easement application.
The consideration for easements granted over marshlands or other navigable waters is $200 per acre or any portion of an acre, plus a $500 administrative fee. The fee for all other easements over State lands not exempt from real property oversight is the appraised value of the easement plus a $500 administrative fee. Easements granted over State lands to serve and benefit a State agency are exempt from the aforementioned fees.