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Service Centers

Contact Information, Office Hours
Functions, Office Responsibilities
Offices and Departments Providing Services
FAQ's, Common Terms, History, Interesting Facts

Functions

The East Cooper, North Area and St. Paul's Service Centers address the needs of citizens who once had to travel great distances to conduct business with the County. Charleston County spans a distance of approximately 100 miles from Edisto Island to South Santee.

Given the location of each Service Center, the level of services available to the public is greatly improved through superior accessibility. The Service Centers work closely with representatives of the Assessor's, Auditor's and Treasurer's offices, and Building Services, Delinquent Tax, Planning and Voter Registration departments to provide the taxpayer with efficient and convenient service.

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The Service Centers Do

dot Accept payments for current and delinquent personal and real property taxes
dot Register voters
dot Help citizens apply for owner-occupied or homestead exemption taxation
dot Process and issue applications for building and zoning permits
dot Review building design drawings
dot Maintain a public access terminal
dot Renew and issue new business licenses
dot Distribute Charleston County recycling bins (East Cooper and North Area only)
dot Organize outgoing mailers for various County departments
dot Accept fees for many other departments

The Service Centers Do Not

dot Handle or process assessment appeals (See Board of Assessment Appeals)
dot Distribute absentee ballots (See Board of Elections and Voter Registration)
dot Accept payments for returned "not sufficient funds" checks originally written at the Service Center (Contact the respective department)
dot Collect payments for water, electricity, phone or cable TV bills
dot Issue license plates, registration stickers or driver's licenses
dot Collect delinquent taxes involved in a delinquent tax sale (See Delinquent Tax)
dot Register mobile homes or provide decals (See Planning )

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Offices and Departments Providing Services

East Cooper Service Center
Auditor's Office
Building Services
Business License/User Fee
Delinquent Tax
Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
Magistrate Courts
Planning Department
Treasurer's Office
Sheriff's Office

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
S.C. Department of Public Safety (Department of Motor Vehicles)
Voter Registration
North Area Service Center
Auditor's Office
Building Services
Business License/User Fee
Delinquent Tax
Planning Department
Treasurer's Office
Voter Registration
St. Paul's Service Center
Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
Magistrate Courts

Sheriff's Office

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I get license plates or a driver's license?
A: The S.C. Department of Public Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has two locations convenient to Service Center patrons. There are DMV offices located within the East Cooper Service Center and next door to the North Area Service Center. (For other DMV locations call (800) 442-1368)
Q: At which Service Centers can I register to vote?
A: All three.
Q: I'm building a house. What kind of permits can I get at the Service Centers?
A: You can file for electrical and construction permits. Appointments for inspections, however, must be made through Building Services ; they cannot be set up through the Service Centers.

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Common Terms

Public Access Terminal --A public access computer terminal which citizens can use to check the tax payment status of real and personal property.

History

Realizing the vast area of Charleston County and the great distances citizens had to travel to transact business in person, County Council opened the East Cooper Service Center in the spring of 1993. The St. Paul's Service Center opened in January 1994, and the North Area Service Center opened in January 1997.

Interesting Facts

dot In 1993, the East Cooper Service Center was awarded the J. Mitchell Graham Award from the S.C. Association of Counties, the highest award given in the state, for progress and achievement by a county government.

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Contact Information

East Cooper Service Center
1189 Sweetgrass Basket Pkwy
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 856-1203
(843) 856-1204 (Fax)

North Area Service Center
Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 202-6691
(843) 202-6698 (Fax)

St. Paul Service Center
5962 Highway 165, Suite 300
Ravenel, SC 29470
(843) 889-8351 (Auditor)
(843) 889-3025 (Treasurer)
(843) 889-8077 (Fax)

Office Hours

East Cooper and North Area Service Centers
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

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