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Due to COVID-19, Georgetown County offices are open on a limited basis at this time. Residents are asked to call or e-mail before coming to county facilities. Many requests can be met virtually, saving you a trip. Admittance to county facilities is currently on an appointment-only basis.

Those seeking permits from the Planning and Zoning Departments may print permit applications online from the Applications section of this page. Completed applications and scanned copies of attachments may be emailed to Planning. Credit card payments can be made by calling (843) 545-3158. Check payments and hard copies can be mailed to Georgetown County Planning Department, P.O. Drawer 421270, Georgetown, SC, 29442. For assistance, or if you are unable to access our applications online, please contact the Planning Department at 843-545-3158 or the Zoning Department at 843-545-3602.

 

Holly Richardson, Director

Location: Room 222, 129 Screven Street, Georgetown, S.C. 29440 
Telephone: (843) 545-3158
Fax: (843) 545-3299

Georgetown County Department of Planning & Code Enforcement
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.(except for legal holidays)
Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 421270, Georgetown, SC 29442-4200
Directions: Office is located on the 2nd floor of the historic Georgetown County Courthouse building.
Contact: Holly Richardson, Interim Director

 

Georgetown County and the consulting firm used for the Highway 17 Companion Corridor study will host a virtual public meeting on the project on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public can join the meeting via Zoom, and the meeting will also be broadcast. Advance registration is required via the link below. Those who register will be emailed a link to join the meeting.

For those who do not have access to the Internet at home, the county will provide access to the Zoom stream at the Howard Auditorium, 1610 Hawkins St., Georgetown. Please only use this resource if you do not have another way to attend virtually. A mask will be required to enter the facility.

Download a draft of the companion study

Register for the meeting

 

Department Functions:

To develop a comprehensive and innovative land use planning program. To create viable solutions for the future growth and development of Georgetown County. This task includes providing implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, establishing special project standards for beaches and dunes, and reviewing proposed land use plans. Additional tasks include:

  • Protection of highway efficiency
  • Improvement of zoning
  • Creation of greenways and parks
  • Protection of dedicated areas
  • Development of a capital improvement plan for the advanced acquisition of land/real estate for public facilities

Tree Removal:

Tree Protection Rules

 

Applications:

Board of Architectural Review:

Zoning Board of Appeals:

Planning Commission:

Comprehensive Plan

This list does not include all elements of the Comprehensive Plan, additional elements will be added as they are revised and approved.

 

Land Development Ordinances

  Table of Contents TOC
     
I Applicability 1-1
  1.   Short Title 1-1
  2.   Authority and Enactment Clause 1-1
  3.   Jurisdiction 1-1
  4.   Purpose 1-1
  5.   Suitability of the Land 1-2
  6.   Amendments 1-2
  7.   Violations and Penalties 1-2
  8.   Appeals to Development Regulations 1-3
  9.   Separability and Validity 1-3
  10. Interpretation and Conflict 1-3
  11. Repeal of Conflicting Ordinances 1-3
  12. Effective Date 1-3
  13. Application of Ordinance 1-3
  14. Types of Developments 1-4
    14-1.  Major Subdivision    1-4
    14-2.  Minor Subdivisions 1-4
    14-3.  Platting Actions 1-4
  15. Development Approval Required 1-4
  16. Application of Procedures to Subdivide 1-4
  17. Plats Exempted from Standard Procedures 1-5
     
II Procedures 2-1
  1.   General 2-1
  2.   Review Procedures for Major Developments 2-1
     2-1. Consultation and Sketch Plan 2-1
     2-2. Development Plat and Application for Approval 2-2
     2-3. Final Plat and Application for Approval 2-3
  Review Procedure for Minor Developments 2-5
  3-1. General 2-5
  3-2. Submissions 2-5
  3-3. Review Procedure 2-5
  3-4. Letters of Certification 2-5
  3-5. Minor Developments Lacking Adequate Public or Private Improvements 2-6
  3-6. Recording the Minor Development Plat 2-6
  3-7. Revisions to Minor Developments 2-6
  3-8. Additions to a Minor Development 2-7
  3-9.  Minor Developments on Adjacent Parcels 2-7
  3-10. Streets within Minor Developments 2-7
  Platting Actions 2-8
  4-1.   General 2-8
  4-2.   Parcel Splits 2-9
  4-3.   Boundary Surveys 2-9
  4-4.   Estate Plats and Family Transfers 2-9
  4-5.   Court Orders 2-10
  4-6.   Combinations of Lots 2-10
  4-7.   Lot Reconfigurations 2-10
  4-8.   Mortgage Plats, Lease Parcels, Land Contract Sales Parcels 2-11
  4-9.   Easements 2-11
  4-10. As-Built or Record Plans 2-11
  4-11. Conceptual Phasing Plats for Group Developments 2-11
  4-12. Closing Plats for Group Developments 2-12
  4-13. Cemetery Lots 2-12
  Street Naming Review Procedure 2-13
  5-1.   Purpose 2-13
  5-2.   Applicability 2-13
  5-3.   Uniform Naming System 2-13
  5-4.   Street Naming Procedure 2-14
  5-5.   Street Signs 2-16
     
III Submissions Requirements 3-1
  1.   Sketch Plan 3-1
  2.   Development Plan 3-1
  3.   Final Plans/Plat 3-1
  4.   Platting Actions 3-1
  5.   Certifications 3-1
  6.   Letters of Agency 3-1
  7.   Regulatory Permits and Authorizations 3-2
     7-1. General 3-2
     7-2. Development Plan 3-2
     7-3. Additional Regulatory Permits and Authorizations 3-2
     
IV Design Standards 4-1
  1.   General 4-1
  2.   Streets 4-1
     2-1. Public and /or Private Road Rights-of-Way 4-1
     2-2. Relation to Adjoining Street System 4-1
     2-3. Retrofitting Existing Public or Private Road Rights-of-Way 4-1
     2-4. Street Hierarchy 4-2
     2-5. Trip Generation 4-2
     2-6. Roadway Design Criteria 4-2
     2-7. Sidewalks and/or Bike Lanes 4-6
  3.   Lot Layout 4-6
     3-1. Blocks 4-6
     3-2. Lots  4-6
  4.   Public Use and Service Areas 4-7
     4-1. Public Open Spaces 4-7
     4-2. Easements for Utilities 4-7
     4-3. Water Supply and Sewerage Connections 4-8
     4-4. Community Assets 4-8
     4-5. Fire Protection 4-8
  5.   Flood Prone Areas 4-8
  6.   Large Tracts or Parcels 4-8
  7.   Group Housing Developments 4-8
     7-1. Mobile Home Parks 4-9
     7-2. Planned Development Districts 4-9
     
V Improvement Standards 5-1
  1.   General Provisions 5-1
     1-1. Conformance 5-1
     1-2. Commencement 5-1
     1-3. Access 5-1
     1-4. Inspection 5-1
     1-5. Final Plat Approval 5-1
     1-6. Changes in the approved Plans and Specifications 5-1
  2.   Required Improvements 5-2
     2-1. Monuments 5-2
     2-2. Storm Water Management 5-2
     2-3. Roadway Improvements 5-3
     2-4. Utilities and Services 5-4
  3.   Financial Guarantees 5-5
     3-1. General 5-5
     3-2. Submittal 5-5
     3-3. Acceptance of Financial Guarantees 5-6
     3-4. Extensions 5-7
     3-5. Reductions 5-7
     3-6. Release of a Financial Guarantee 5-7
  4.   Vested Rights 5-8
     4-1. Vested Development Rights 5-8
     
VI Definitions 6-1
  1.   Interpretation of Certain Terms or Words 6-1
  2.   Meanings 6-1
     
  Appendix A1 - Summary of Maximum Standards for Streets Based on Design Criteria A-1
  Appendix A2 - Summary of Maximum Grades for Vertical Roadway Alignment Design A-2
  Appendix A3 - Street Hierarchy Definition A-3
  Appendix A4 - Trip Generation Rates by Major Land Use Categories A-4
  Appendix A5 - Requirements for Dead-End Fire Apparatuas Access Roads A-5
  Appendix A6 - Submission Requirements A-6
     
  Appendix B1 - Irrevocable Letter of Credit for Performance B-1
  Appendix B2 - Letter of Agency B-2
  Appendix B3 - Platting Certificate I B-3
  Appendix B4 - Platting Certificate II B-4
     

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Disclaimer: Ordinances are amended frequently and time may lapse before the online version is updated. People are encouraged to contact the Planning Office or Zoning Office at (843) 545-3158 to be sure they are using the current ordinance. Georgetown County is not responsible for the use of any information on this website.