Contractor Forms

CARE is the Committee for Architectural Review and the Environment that reviews and approves permits for Keowee Key.  The CARE permit applications have been posted on the Keowee Key Website to provide easy access for residents, contractors, or builders to locate details regarding Covenants, procedures, and permit applications. However, it is important to be aware that the CARE routinely changes/updates to meet changing needs.  There will be some delay before these changes are reflected on the website.  Therefore, if you are about to undertake a major project, please contact the CARE office to see if there are any changes that may affect you as you proceed.
The following are E-permits and must be submitted electronically.  If you do not have a computer or the ability to enter the information electronically, you may bring the information to the CARE office and to access the electronic system. To select the permit you need for your project click the link on the highlighted permit name.  This will open the electronic permit and instructions will be given within the permit content.  You will be notified electronically of the approval or disapproval of the permit.  The approval notice will also include the permit form for your record and posting on site.

Repairs and Improvements Permit Application (Chapter G)

Repairs and improvements for a property/home, which do not involve any work that is considered a Major Renovation, or shoreline improvements.

Examples of Projects:

§   All exterior/improvements/repairs done by an owner or outside contractor must have a permit.

§   Exterior alterations or remodeling of existing homes including enclosing an existing porch or patio; any change that will alter the exterior design of the home; decorative renovations such as shutters, cupolas, awnings, new roof, and weathervanes.

§   Non-dwelling improvements including mail/paper boxes; antennas; propane tanks; signs; flag poles; landscape lighting; walls; fences; hedges; paved driveways, walkways, and parking areas; patios; platforms; trams and stairways; satellite dishes; major landscaping projects requiring grade changes; terracing; and driveway recoating.

Satellite Dish Application (Chapter G)

This applies when installing or replacing satellite dishes on your property.

Paint Application for Exterior (Chapter H)

Any painting, staining or other finishing treatment of the exterior of a structure, walk, driveway or other improvement on a Keowee Key lot or on the shoreline below the 804 line (e.g. docks) shall require Committee approval. A permit is also required for repainting, restaining, etc.

Tree Permit Application (Chapter J)

Removal of any tree greater than 3 inches in diameter (9 ½ inches in circumference) measured at 8 inches above the ground requires a permit even if the tree is dead.

Compliance Report (Chapter K)

This is the form used to file a complaint issue.

Shoreline (Docks and other Waterfront Improvements) Permit Application (Chapter L)

This applies specifically to private waterfront structures, including docks, piers, decks, patios, retaining walls, and shoreline stabilization.  Must submit an approved Duke Energy permit along with this shoreline permit for any improvement below the 804-foot elevation line.

The following permits must still be submitted in paper form.  To select the permit you need for your project click on the highlighted permit name.  Once the permit application is completed you can either:

  • Drop off permit at the CARE Office located at 1392 Stamp Creek Road which is the building at the corner of Highways 130 and 183;
  • Scan the document in and e-mail to

New Construction Permit (Chapter B)

When a property owner decides to build a home at Keowee Key and is starting the new construction process contact the CARE office prior to submitting the paperwork.

Variance Application (Chapter C)

A variance is an encroachment into the front, side or rear setbacks identified for the lot.  Owners of existing homes approved for construction prior to 1991, may need to apply for a variance if they find that their home extends into the setback area and no variance has been applied for or granted.

Razing Permit (Chapter D)

Razing a structure is demolition of an existing home.

Major Renovation Permit (Chapter E)

A “Major Renovation” is defined as any project that increases the foundation footprint, impervious surface of the site, heated living space or major site modifications and shall be represented by a CARE Major Renovation Scope Application and reviewed by the New Construction Committee Chair. Due to its complexity, a major renovation project may be treated as a new construction project by CARE. If so, then CARE guidelines and procedures for new construction shall be used. A Major Renovation as determined by the CARE Construction Manager, that may require fees, could be one of the following, (but not limited to):
  1. An addition that exceeds 25% of the existing foundation (mandatory).
  2. An addition that does not exceed 25% of the existing foundation but the complexity or length of the project demands close observation.
  3. The heated interior space of the dwelling is increased by 15% of the existing heated space.
  4. Site renovations involving excavation, backfill, and structures that will result in substantial traffic or increased impervious surface.
  5. Any exterior modification that requires a County permit.
  6. Any concrete project requiring over two truckloads. (8 cubic yards/TL).

Change Order (Chapter B)

Any change that is to be implemented after initial approval of a project requires a change order to be submitted in writing to CARE.

Schedule of Fees (Chapter O)

This is a fee schedule that lists the amounts for new construction, variances, razing, and major renovations projects.

Fines (Chapter P)

This is a fine schedule that lists the description of the fine and consequence when there is a rules violation.

Event Signs (Chapter Q)

This form is used when an organization wants to display a sign at one of the community entrance gates.