Planning & Zoning

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Alison Simmons, Director

Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Meeting Announcements

The next Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting is scheduled for: Mar 19, 2019 6:00 PM
The Agenda Summary has not been published yet.
The Agenda Packet has not been published yet.
2018 Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Calendar
2019 Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Calendar

Planning Commission Meeting Announcements

The next Planning Commission Meeting is scheduled for: Feb 26, 2019 6:00 PM
The Agenda Summary can be found here.
The Agenda Packet can be found here.
2018 Planning Commission Calendar
2019 Planning Commission Calendar
To avoid conflict with the Christmas holiday, the December Planning Commission meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the County Council Assembly Room. Applications for this meeting are due by Thursday, November 15, 2018.

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.

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.

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.)

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
Thomas Moore, AICP 843-719-4897
Planning & Zoning Manager
Esther Adams 843-719-4896
Penny Ayers 843-719-4266
Floodplain Manager
Frances Pinto 843-719-4102
Amy Ravenell 843-719-4095
Administrative Support Specialist
Stacy Spriggs 843-719-5041
Catherine Taylor 843-719-4142
Plan Case Administrative Assistant