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 first Thursday of every month. Public hearings begin at 4 P.M. and are held at the City Council Chambers located on the 3rd floor of City Hall. 


Staff Contacts

  • Zoning Administrator: Rachel Bailey
  • Deputy Zoning Administrator: Hope Hasty
  • Associate Planner: Erica Jaen


In specific cases where, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance will, in an individual case, result in unnecessary hardship, an applicant may request a variance to the Ordinance from the Board of Zoning Appeals. 

The Board approves or denies applications based on the following criteria for variance

Please note: The fact that property may be utilized more profitably should a variance be granted may not be considered grounds for a variance. 

Special Exception

A special exception is a use that is generally compatible with other uses permitted in a zoning district, but something about its nature, such as its potential impact on adjoining parcels, means that it must receive special approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals. 

The Board 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

Appeals to the Board of Zoning Appeals may be taken by any person aggrieved by any decision, determination, or requirement which is alleged to be in error made by the Zoning Administrator in the enforcement of the Article III of the Zoning Ordinance. The application for Administrative Appeal must be submitted within 30 days after the decision, determination or requirement is made. 

Links to applications and other useful documents can be found below:

Agendas & Minutes



Fee Schedule


Rules and Procedures

City TV

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