about the Board of Zoning Appeals

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial board that makes decisions regarding zoning issues. Cases are posted and advertised in accordance with Chapter 17, Article III, Division 3, Section 111 & 112 of the City Code of Ordinance and with Title 30, Chapter 4 of the code of Laws of South Carolina. The Board meets the second Tuesday of every month. Public hearings begin at 10 a.m. and are held at the City Council Chambers located on the 3rd floor of City Hall. 


Staff Contacts

  • Zoning Administrator: Rachel Bailey
  • Associate Planner (Zoning): Hannah Slyce
  • Land Use Board Coordinator: Andrea Wolfe


In an event that due to special circumstances, the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance will unreasonably restrict development or use, an applicant may request a variance to the Ordinance from the Board of Zoning Appeals. 

For the Board to approve the said variance, members must find that the property has an individual case of unnecessary hardship and meets the appropriate criteria for variance

Special Exception

Certain uses are permitting in zoning districts with permission from the Board of Zoning Appeals.  These permissions are called Special Exceptions. 

The Board of Zoning Appeals approves or denies applications for Special Exceptions based on the appropriateness of the use in the district and surrounding community and whether or not the use meets the required minimum criteria

Administrative Appeal

In the event that an alleged error in order, requirement, decision or determination is made by the Zoning Administrator in enforcement of the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, an application for Administrative Appeal or Review can be made, provided the appeal is made within 30 days of the order, requirement, decision or determination. 

Applications and other useful documents can be found below:

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For more information, contact the Zoning Division at (803) 545-3333