Article 1 General Provisions
Article 3 Chiefs of Fire Departments and Inspectors
Article 5 Building Permits and Inspections
Article 7 Construction Regulations Generally
Article 9 Creation of and Construction Within Fire Limits
Article 11 Smoke Detectors

Terms Used In South Carolina Code > Title 5 > Chapter 25 - Building Codes and Fire Prevention

  • Abstract of judgment: In a federal criminal proceeding, A certification from a U.S. District Court clerk that a judgment of restitution was entered against the defendant owing to the victim. If the defendant inherits, owns, or sells real property or holdings, these assets can then be attached at the state and local levels as well.
  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Agency: means an authority, board, branch, commission, committee, department, division, or other instrumentality of the executive department of state government, including administrative bodies and bodies corporate and politic established as an instrumentality of the State. See South Carolina Code 1-6-10
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Impeachment: (1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Joint resolution: A legislative measure which requires the approval of both chambers.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • municipality: shall mean any incorporated city or town in this State. See South Carolina Code 5-29-20
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • off-street parking facilities: shall mean motor vehicular parking facilities of all sorts, including parking lots, buildings or ramps. See South Carolina Code 5-29-20
  • on-street parking facilities: shall mean any system of parking meters, curb line or other, regulating the parking of motor vehicles on any street within the corporate limits of any municipality, requiring the payment of a charge for the right to make use of any portion of any street set apart for motor vehicular parking. See South Carolina Code 5-29-20
  • Person: means :

    (a) an individual, labor union and organization, joint apprenticeship committee, partnership, association, corporation, legal representative, mutual company, joint-stock company, trust, unincorporated organization, trustee, trustee in bankruptcy, receiver, or other legal or commercial entity located in part or in whole in the State or doing business in the State;

    (b) the State and any agency or local subdivision of an agency; or

    (c) a political subdivision. See South Carolina Code 1-6-10
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Refunding Revenue Bond Act: shall mean §§ 6-17-10 through 6-17-320, as the same are now constituted, or as the same shall hereafter be amended. See South Carolina Code 5-29-20
  • Revenue Bond Act: shall mean §§ 6-21-10 through 6-21-570, as the same are now constituted, or as the same shall hereafter be amended. See South Carolina Code 5-29-20
  • State officer: means any of the following:

    (a) the Governor;

    (b) the Lieutenant Governor;

    (c) the Secretary of State;

    (d) the State Comptroller General;

    (e) the State Treasurer;

    (f) the Attorney General;

    (g) the Superintendent of Education;

    (h) the Commissioner of Agriculture; or

    (i) the Adjutant General. See South Carolina Code 1-6-10
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • True bill: Another word for indictment.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.