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Alison Simmons, Director


Public Meeting Calendar for Rezoning and Text Amendment Requests

Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Meeting Announcements

The next Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting is scheduled for: Apr 16, 2019 6:00 PM
The Agenda Summary has not been published yet.
The Agenda Packet has not been published yet.
2019 Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Calendar


Planning Commission Meeting Announcements

The next Planning Commission Meeting is scheduled for: Mar 26, 2019 6:00 PM
The Agenda Summary can be found here.
The Agenda Packet can be found here.
2019 Planning Commission Calendar


Mission Statement 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.

This Department Handles:

Rezoning Requests

Application forms for rezoning requests can be obtained from the Planning and Zoning Department, or downloaded from this site. There is a $250.00 non-refundable fee required for all requests. Each request is presented to the Planning Commission for recommendation to County Council. The Planning Commission meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. Submission date deadline is the fourth Tuesday of the month by 5 pm for the next month’s meeting. The process of rezoning takes a minimum of 90 days. All requests are advertised via the County website and posted with a yellow Berkeley County Planning Department hearing sign.

a. When submitting a request for rezoning, please note the Policy for the Deferral of Requests During the Public Process and Resubmittal Of Previously-Defeated Requests

Variance, Special Exception Permit, and Appeals

Forms can be obtained through the Planning and Zoning Department and requires a $100.00 non-refundable fee for all requests. All properties are advertised in the newspaper and posted on site. Requests go before the Board of Zoning Appeals. Submission date deadline is the third Tuesday of the month by 5 pm for the following month’s meeting. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the third Tuesday of every month.

All requests are advertised via the newspaper and posted with a red Berkeley County Planning Department sign.

a. When submitting a request for rezoning, please note the Policy for the Deferral of Requests During the Public Process and Resubmittal Of Previously-Defeated Requests

Zoning Verification/Confirmation Letters

Please be advised that as of July 24, 2007, the Berkeley County Planning & Zoning Department requires a $5.00 fee per lot/Tax Map Number requested in a Zoning Verification Letter. The Planning Department requires all requests in writing.

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.)

Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities for Public Officials

Berkeley/Dorchester County Boundary Dispute Resolution

Berkeley and Dorchester Counties were engaged in a boundary dispute that was resolved on November 7, 2018. As a result, Berkeley County’s boundary has been clarified to include approximately 3,200 acres of land that was formerly in Dorchester County (referred to as the “Transition Area”). To respond to this change and to ensure that every parcel contested in the “Transition Area” is zoned to an unincorporated Berkeley County Zoning District in an efficient timeframe, County Council directed the Planning and Zoning Department to coordinate with the Berkeley County Planning Commission to develop zoning district recommendations for its consideration. To develop its recommendations, the Department conducted windshield surveys to assess the existing land use of affected and adjacent properties, considered former Dorchester County zoning designations, and referred to the Berkeley County Future Land Use Map Recommendations.

Zoning District Recommendations:
If you have any questions about the zoning district that has been recommended for property that you own within the “Transition Area”, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 843.719.4095.

TO ACCESS AN INTERACTIVE WEB MAP SHOWING THE ZONING DISTRICT AND FUTURE LAND USE MAP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR PROPERTY, PLEASE SELECT THE LINK HERE: http://gis.berkeleycountysc.gov/maps/new_zoning/

Public Process:
Before County Council will entertain the zoning district recommendations, a recommendation by the Berkeley County Planning Commission is first required. In order for the zoning district recommendations to go into effect, they will need to be approved and adopted by three (3) readings of County Council.

Upcoming Planning Commission Meeting Date:
The Berkeley County Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the Department’s zoning district recommendations on April 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Berkeley County Assembly Room, located at 1003 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner, SC 29461.
After the Planning Commission makes its recommendations for the “Transition Area” properties, the zoning district recommendations will proceed to County Council for consideration at Land Use Committee. A schedule for upcoming Land Use Committee and County Council meetings will be available after the scheduled Planning Commission meeting.

Subsequent Rezoning of Affected Parcels:
After adoption of Zoning District Recommendations by County Council, a property owner or his/her authorized agent, may at his/her discretion, request a change in the zoning that was established for the affected property by submitting an “Application for Rezoning” and any necessary supporting documentation to the Berkeley County Planning and Zoning Department as pursuant to the typical processes and deadlines as established in Article 22 of the Berkeley County Zoning Ordinance. If an “Application for Rezoning” is submitted within six (6) months from the date that the Zoning District Recommendations are approved and adopted by County Council, the Department will waive the application fee.

Please feel free to contact the Department should you have any questions, concerns, or comments.


You may visit the Berkeley County FOIA information page by clicking here.

Planning and Zoning Staff Members
Alison Simmons, AICP 843-719-4164
Planning & Zoning Director alison.simmons@berkeleycountysc.gov
Thomas Moore, AICP 843-719-4897
Planning & Zoning Manager thomas.moore@berkeleycountysc.gov
Esther Adams 843-719-4896
Planner esther.adams@berkeleycountysc.gov
Penny Ayers 843-719-4266
Floodplain Manager penny.ayers@berkeleycountysc.gov
Frances Pinto 843-719-4102
Planner frances.pinto@berkeleycountysc.gov
Amy Ravenell 843-719-4095
Administrative Support Specialist amy.ravenell@berkeleycountysc.gov
Stacy Spriggs 843-719-5041
Planner stacy.spriggs@berkeleycountysc.gov
Catherine Taylor 843-719-4142
Plan Case Administrative Assistant catherine.taylor@berkeleycountysc.gov