City of Charleston and Daniel Island POA Information Regarding Mobile/Portable Storage Units

The POA frequently receives calls or emails from owners regarding what the rules are regarding Mobile/Portable Storage Units on Daniel Island. These containers have become popular for moving and storage but are also used during home renovation projects.

The Daniel Island CC&Rs (governing documents) reference these units and state that portable storage units are not permitted to remain on a Unit in excess of thirty (30) calendar days in any calendar year. Portable storage units shall only be placed on the driveway or other designated parking area of a Unit. No more than one portable storage unit is permitted on a Unit at any time. Portable storage units shall not be larger than eight feet high by eight feet wide by sixteen feet long.

In situations where placement of these units in the driveway is not possible due to the size of a driveway pad or other extenuating circumstances, these units can be placed in the street, but only with City of Charleston approval and a permit before being placed.

Please see information below from the City of Charleston on what the City states in its ordinances about Mobile/Portable Storage Units.

Q: How many Mobile/Portable Storage Units are allowed at a particular home or unit during a given period, i.e., is there a maximum number of these units allowed at a given time?

A: One unit at a time

Q: How long can someone have a unit at their home?

A: The unit can be permitted for up to 30 days, but the permit can be extended. Thirty (30) day extensions may be granted if there is substantial evidence of need. Requests for extensions shall be made in writing and set forth the reason the extension is needed. Requests shall be directed to the City Zoning Compliance Coordinator or City Zoning Administrator. For additional questions regarding this process, contact the Compliance Coordinator at 843-867-7679 or the Zoning Administrator at 843-724-3771.

Q: When placed in the street does the unit need to first be approved by the City?

A: Yes, when placed in the street, the unit must first be approved by the City of Charleston Traffic & Transportation (T&T) Department. Contact the Traffic & Transportation Department at 843-724-7311 for additional information on this process.

Q: Is a permit or permits required from the City to place the unit in the street?

A: In order for a mobile storage unit to be placed on the street, you must receive a permit or permits from the City of Charleston Traffic & Transportation (T&T) Department. Contact the Traffic & Transportation Department at 843-724-7311 for additional information on which permits are needed and their cost.

Q: Which department at the City monitors these units?

A: The Traffic & Transportation Department is responsible for monitoring units on the street. The Zoning Department is responsible for monitoring units that are placed on private property (in one’s driveway).

Q. If I wish to place the unit on my property (in the driveway) instead of on the street – does it need to be approved and permitted by the City and if so, which department handles that approval and permit?

A: Yes, approval and a permit are required by the Zoning Department. For additional information regarding this process, contact the Zoning Compliance Coordinator at 843-867-7679 or the Zoning Administrator at 843-724-3771. These permits can be submitted either in person or online through the City Permit Center. Contact the City’s Permit Center at 843-577-5550 for questions and assistance in the submission of permits and any costs associated with the permits.

Q: If someone had a concern, complaint or a question about a unit and its placement, who at the City would they contact?

A: If the question is regarding placement of the unit in the street, you would contact Traffic & Transportation at 843-724-7311. If your question is regarding placing it on private property/your driveway, you would contact the Zoning Department at 843-867-7679 or 843-724-3771.

*The City states that their restrictions shall not supersede the restrictive covenants of any subdivision or planned development in which the placement of portable storage units is limited or prohibited.