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City of Aiken Homebuyers Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find general information about mold?

lease contact South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)’s Air Quality Bureau at 803-898-4123 or go to DHEC online for more information at http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/IndoorAirQuality/ . The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also has mold information on their web page located at http://www.epa.gov/mold/.

How do I find a certified mold risk assessor, inspector, or contractor in my area?

At this time, the state of South Carolina does not license mold inspectors. However, there are several professional associations that offer training and certification for mold inspectors. We recommend searching online or in the Yellow Pages for a “certified mold inspector”.

Where can I find general information about lead?

Please contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 800-424-5323 or online at http://www.epa.gov/lead/index.html.

How do I find a certified lead risk assessor, inspector, or contractor in my area?

Look under “Lead” in the phone book or call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-5323 or online at https://www.epa.gov/lead. You may also contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lead Program at 404-562-8994 or online at http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/toolkits.htm.

Who do I call about lead disposal issues?

Please contact the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management at 803-896-4000 for questions about disposal of wastes painted with lead-based paint or go online to http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/.

Who do I contact regarding asbestos inspections/removal?

Please call the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)’s Air Quality Bureau at 803-898-4123 or go to DHEC online for more information at http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/Asbestos/.

Who can I talk to regarding Landmark/Historical buildings?

Please call the Planning Department at 803-642-7608.

Where can I get a list of building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing contractors?

The Building Inspection Division does not recommend contractors or keep a list of contractors for public use. Local contractors can be found listed in the phone book under categories such as Building Contractors, Home Builders, Home Improvements, General Contractors, Air Conditioning Contractors, Electric Contractors, Heating Contractors, and Plumbing Contractors. We recommend that homeowners check if a builder/contractor has a current City of Aiken business license and/or and active state contractor’s (LLR) license before hiring a contractor.

How do I find out if a builder/contractor has a City business license and/or state LLR license?

State licensing can be verified online through the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR)’s Licensee Lookup web page at https://verify.llronline.com/LicLookup/LookupMain.aspx or by contacting LLR at 803-896-4300. City business licensing can be verified by contacting the Finance Department’s Business License Division at 803-642-7642.

Where can I file a complaint against a contractor?

Please contact the Building Official in the Building Inspection Division at 803-642-7675.