The Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability is comprised of the following divisions: Administration, Business & Neighborhood Services, Design (Civic Design Center), Planning, Preservation & Urban Design, and Zoning. The Department also administers seven public review boards.
To improve the built environment and quality of life for all people in the City of Charleston.
Use the Comprehensive Plan as a guiding document toward a more resilient and equitable future
Restore, protect, and preserve historic neighborhoods
Facilitate construction of new neighborhoods that are compact and include a mix of uses
Facilitate projects, programs, and policies that create affordable housing and transportation options
Cultivate healthy and diverse commercial districts
Consider environmental quality in all of our actions
Advocate for excellence in design
Collaborate across departments to solve complex problems
Offer excellent, courteous, and professional service
REVIEW BOARD MEETINGS
VIRTUAL BOARD MEETINGS VIA ZOOM: In response to COVID-19, all review board meetings (BAR-L, BAR-S, BZA-Z, BZA-SD, DRB, Planning Commission and TRC) are being held virtually via Zoom. We hope to return to in-person meetings in early 2021. More information on the review boards can be found on the board webpages.
Public access to the City of Charleston's Zoning Map. Look up base zoning and overlay zoning information for any property in the city. The Zoning Ordinance includes rules and standards related to land use.
Keep informed of current projectsincluding amendments to zoning regulations, major rezoning initiatives, and other special planning projects.
All public review board meetingsare being held virtually via Zoom until announced otherwise. We hope to return to in-person board meetings in early 2021.