The goal of the Berkeley County Planning and Zoning Department is to provide professional and technical advice to elected officials, appointed boards & commissions and citizens to assist in understanding the County's planning and zoning ordinances, standards and policies.

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DEPARTMENT HOURS: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Customer Service Walk-In Hours:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

OTHERWISE BY APPOINTMENT

Customers may engage staff with inquiries during Customer Service Walk-In Hours. Otherwise customers may contact Administrative Support Staff at (843) 719-4095, , or use the contact form available here to schedule an appointment with staff outside of walk-in hours.

Applications, plans & final plat, and other submittals are accepted for review or, upon approval, available for pick up via Drop Box or at the Front Counter ANYTIME

Any applicable fees may be paid online at the link available here, using instructions provided by Department staff once an application/submittal is processed, or by cash or check.

Applicants seeking preliminary information and feedback on a sketch plan for subdivision, multi-family, commercial, industrial, or institutional development are encouraged to sign up for Joint Plan Review.

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Requests shall be submitted using the form linked here and will be fulfilled via email upon receipt of payment. Payment may be received online by following the prompts provided by the Department. Please be advised that any additional information requested may require a FOIA Request per the Freedom of Information Act, Section 30-4-10, et seq., Code of Laws of South Carolina (1976, as amended).

Application forms can be obtained through the Planning and Zoning Department or downloaded from this site and must accompany a $150.00 non-refundable fee.  

Requests are evaluated by the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), a quasi-judicial board.  The application and  associated fee are due by 5:00 PM at least 4 weeks prior to the scheduled meeting, typically the date of the previous month’s meeting*.   

The BZA meets the third Tuesday of every month* and possesses final decision-making authority on requests.  All requests are advertised via a newspaper of general circulation, posted with a red Public Hearing sign, and published in the respective meeting agenda.  

PDF applications may be emailed to Planning and Zoning Administrative Support at .  Payment may be received online by following the prompts provided by the Department. 

*Unless otherwise stated.

Calendar for 2022 Board of Zoning Appeals

Application forms for rezoning requests can be obtained from the Planning and Zoning Department or downloaded from this site and must accompany a $250.00 non-refundable fee (excepting requests to establish or amend a Planned Development District).

Each request is presented to the Planning Commission for recommendation to County Council. The Planning Commission meets the fourth Tuesday of the month*. A completed rezoning application and associated fee are due by 5:00 PM at least 4 weeks prior to the scheduled meeting, typically the date of the previous month’s meeting*.

The process for rezoning takes approximately 5 months from the date of application submittal, unless the request is deferred, postponed, tabled, or defeated. County Council has final decision-making authority on requests for rezoning. All requests are published via the County website in the respective meeting agenda and posted with a yellow public meeting sign prior to the scheduled Planning Commission meeting.

PDF applications may be emailed to Planning and Zoning Administrative Support at .  Payment may be received online by following the prompts provided by the Department. 

All scheduled public meetings are open to the public. The applicant of any request for rezoning or his/her representative is expected to attend every scheduled public meeting.  Anyone with interest in the outcome of a requested rezoning is welcomed to attend the scheduled public meetings.  These meetings can also be viewed live via the Berkeley County Government Facebook Page.

*Unless otherwise stated.

Calendar for 2022 Planning Commission

Click here for the Rezoning Application

Large-Scale Development Moratorium Process

Requests for new or amended Planned Development (PD) Districts or Development Agreements contemplating more than 75 dwelling units or encompassing more than 75 acres are subject to County Council’s consideration under the Large-Scale Development Moratorium Process.  Before an applicant can begin developing the details of the proposed PD or Development Agreement through coordination with County staff and, subsequently, pursue the formal adoption process, County Council must first lift the moratorium.  This new process is intended to address public concerns around large-scale developments’ impacts on infrastructure and critical County services, including but not limited to: Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, schools, water and sewer, and especially roads and traffic. 

Council's determination to lift the moratorium will be based upon the development's private resources to address the following:

  1. Roads, intersections, and traffic;
  2. Public Safety including police, fire, and EMS;
  3. Schools;
  4. Water and sewer infrastructure;
  5. Impacts to surrounding communities including but not limited to buffers and setbacks;
  6. Input from surrounding communities including but not limited to a minimum of two (2) publicly noticed community meetings with record of attendance and provision of information intended to ensure a general awareness of proposed development;
  7. Consideration of future easements for road and utility expansion and right of way;
  8. Connectivity to surrounding communities;
  9. Preservation of green space;
  10. Traffic calming devices for roads in proposed development;
  11. Impact on local business; and
  12. Other government provided services.

To meet the 30-day public notice requirement, applications and $150 fee for Requests to Lift the Large-Scale Development Moratorium should be submitted within 60 days prior to the scheduled Land Use Committee Meeting for which the item is intended to be considered.   

If an applicant’s Request to Lift the Large-Scale Development Moratorium is denied, he/she may modify the proposal and re-apply in accordance with the same process described above.   If the Request is approved, the applicant may begin developing the details of the PD and/or DA with County Staff and, subsequently, pursue the typical formal adoption process.  Should a Request to Lift the Large-Scale Development Moratorium be granted, there is no guarantee that the ultimate PD and/or Development Agreement will be approved as it, too, is subject to County Council’s final decision-making authority. 

Please see the adopted Ordinance linked here

When submitting a request for consideration by a public body, please note the Policy for the Deferral of Requests During the Public Process and Resubmittal Of Previously-Defeated Requests

Public Meeting Calendar for Rezoning
and Text Amendment Requests

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