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Media Release

What does my placard mean?

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Contact Information:
Community Development Information Center email icon , 843-341-4757


The Town completed rapid damage assessments of all structures located on the Island on Friday, October 28th. This means that all structures have received either a green, yellow or red placard. This is a reminder about what each of the placards mean.

A green placard indicates that any damage sustained by a building is minor or superficial, and that the building is safe to enter and use. Actions such as replacing broken glass, repairing roof tiles, and replacing garage doors will require no further permits from the Town. If you determine that there is interior damage to the building, which includes any structural damage or damage caused by flooding, please contact the Town because a building permit may be required.

A yellow placard indicates that a building has sustained more than minor damage, and only partial entry or occupancy may be allowed until repairs are made. The owner should contact the Town to determine if an emergency building permit is required before going forward with repairs.

A red placard indicates that a building is seriously damaged, and is unsafe. These buildings should not be entered or occupied under any circumstance. Entry could result in injury or death. The building may be repaired or demolished, but in either case, a permit must be obtained from the Town before work begins.

View placard information on our website at http://hiltonheadislandsc.gov/recovery/safeentry.cfm