Zoning Division Overview

The Zoning Division administers zoning and subdivision regulations as adopted by City Council. These regulations address every aspect of how a property is developed and used including:

  • Affordable housing
  • Allowed hours of business activity
  • Building location
  • Construction of new streets
  • Landscaping requirements
  • Parking
  • Preservation of trees
  • Signs
  • Size and height
  • Subdivision of property
  • Other related matters

Zoning Ordinance

The City’s zoning ordinance, first adopted in 1931, has grown in its scope and complexity and continues to be amended to respond to various development and land use issues in different parts of the City. Currently, the zoning ordinance consists of:

  • 14 Overlay zoning districts
  • 22 Old City height districts
  • 4 Neighborhood Districts
  • 48 Base zoning districts
  • 70 Planned Unit Developments

Boards of Zoning Appeals

The Zoning Division administers two Boards of Zoning Appeals. The zoning staff spends a tremendous amount of time working with:

  • Communicating with and helping formulate recommendations to the Board on each application of the following:
    • Neighborhood associations
    • Residents
    • Special interest groups
    • Other interested parties
  • Providing public notice of pending applications
  • Board of Zoning Appeals applicants

Other Committees

The Zoning Division also administers the City’s Technical Review Committee and coordinates the review and approval process for subdivisions through the Planning Commission and Plat Review Committee.


Violations are enforced through the City's Livability Court. To file a complaint or notify us of a possible violation, send us an email or call 843-724-3781 or 843-724-3755.

Permit Center

The Permit Center handles things such as issuing permits and business licensing, Board of Architectural Review and Zoning and code review. The Permit Center Hours of Operation are as follows:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Common Requests

Common requests handled by the Zoning Division:

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