The Planning Division is responsible for the facilitation and management of the annexation process.
Pursuant to City of Columbia policy, if your property is contiguous with the City of Columbia and you desire new water service or if it is subject to a declaration of covenant, you will be required to annex the property into the City. The City of Columbia Engineering and Utilities Department will not review your plans for new water and/or sewer service, or install a water meter until a signed, stamped petition for annexation or a declaration of covenant (for non-contiguous properties) is received.
Contiguous properties which are within Primary or "Donut Hole" Urban Service Areas as identified on the Urban Service Area Map with an existing Declaration of Covenant, or upon request for new/change in service shall be annexed into the City of Columbia. Properties within an identified Secondary Urban Service Area with an existing Declaration of Covenant, or upon request for new/change in service at the discretion of the City, may be annexed into the City of Columbia. View the following documents to see how this may effect your property.
Under South Carolina State Law, a property owner must file an annexation petition, which is specific to their property, with the City to annex their property. In order to efficiently facilitate the preparation of an annexation petition, please provide the following documents:
If you desire or require annexation into the City of Columbia, please contact Andrew Livengood at (803) 545-3217 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate the process.