On June 17, 2011, Governor Nikki Haley signed House Bill 3660, commonly known as the Copper Theft Bill into law. Under the new law, effective August 17, 2011, any person wishing to transport and sell any nonferrous metals, including copper and catalytic converters, to a scrap metal dealer must first obtain a permit to transport and sell from the sheriff's office in the county where the seller resides. Additionally, any person or business intending to purchase nonferrous metals, including copper or catalytic converters, must obtain a permit to purchase from the sheriff's office in the county where they do business.

See below for information on how to obtain
NONFERROUS METAL PERMITS IN BEAUFORT COUNTY

TRANSPORT AND SELL NONFERROUS METALS: 2-Year Permit
Cost: FREE
Days/Times Issued : Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm
How to Obtain: Go to the Beaufort County Law Enforcement Center (2001 Duke Street, Beaufort) and complete the required application.
PURCHASE NONFERROUS METALS: 2-Year Permit
Cost: $200
Days/Times Issued : Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm
How to Obtain: Go to the Beaufort County Law Enforcement Center (2001 Duke Street) and complete the required application.

For further inquiry regarding Nonferrous Metal Permits, contact:

MSgt. Thomas Vido:
(843)255-3266