Planning and ZoningPlanning and Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Department administers the County's Land Development Regulations and Zoning Ordinance.

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The Planning and Zoning Department consists of three divisions: 1) Current Planning, 2) Land Development, and 3) Long Range Planning.  The following details some of the primary functions of the department:

  • Administer and enforce the Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations.
  • Coordinate all residential, commercial and sign development plans to all appropriate departments to ensure development meets the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, Stormwater Ordinance, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, Fire Code and Land Development Regulations.
  • Review and issue Zoning Compliance for all new businesses in the County.
  • Street naming and addressing for the Emergency 9-1-1 Program.
  • Provide support for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Review rezoning, variance, special exception, special event, and agritourism, mining, and telecommunication permit requests.
  • Review proposed Development Agreements to ensure that they are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and adequately support public facility and transportation needs.
  • Maintain letters of credit and cash bonds from developers to ensure completion of infrastructure in major subdivisions.
  • Write the Comprehensive Plan and develop studies and plans related to growth, revitalization and neighborhood stabilization, transportation, infrastructure and public safety.
  • Work with the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS), SCDOT, and Horry County Engineering and RIDE 3 Program to coordinate regional transportation efforts.
  • Preserve Horry County’s History through the Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation.
  • Work with the Parks and Open Space Board to make recreation and open space expansion recommendations.
  • Coordinate volunteer efforts to reduce litter and beautify the community through the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee.

This website is designed to provide the user with information regarding the administration and enforcement of all planning and zoning functions and processes. For further assistance, please contact the Department at 843 915-5340.


Land Development
Zoning and Rezoning Request
Zoning Board of Appeals Application

Major Projects

Beach Management Plan
Beach Management Plan
Board of Architectural Review
The Board of Architectural Review's responsibility is to preserve the history and heritage of Horry County through its built environment. The BAR maintains the Horry County Historic Property Register, the County's most valued historic resources.

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Envision 2025
The Horry County "Envision 2025" Comprehensive Plan is a tool to help guide toward overall community betterment. The Comprehensive Plan consists of nine separate, though inter-twined, elements. Each element relies upon the research and content of the other elements to reach attainable and dynamic goals and strategies. The Plan contains the following:
  • Population Element
  • Cultural Element
  • Natural Resources Element
  • Economic Element
  • Community Facilities Element
  • Housing Element
  • Land Use Element
  • Transportation Element
  • Priority Investment Element
Historical Cemetery Map Search
There are nearly 500 historic cemeteries in Horry County, that's approximately one cemetery for every 2.51 square miles. These sacred sites are our most direct link to our history and our heritage. The homes we live in today, the stores that we shop in, the very beaches we visit during the summer season, all were constructed and developed because of those ancestors who are now buried in these graveyards.

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Horry County Bike and Pedestrian Plan
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Horry County Historic Preservation Plan
Historic Preservation Plan
Keep Horry County Beautiful
The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee is a new Keep America Beautiful, Inc. affiliate which strives to inspire residents and visitors to value and protect the natural beauty of Horry County and to empower them to keep the open spaces, rivers, and beaches clean and litter free.

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Parks and Open Space Board
The Parks and Open Space Board was established to serve and assist the citizens of Horry County and their government with the protection of Natural Open Spaces while ensuring the provision of passive and active recreation sites.

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Parks & Open Space Plan
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Department Well

Department Head
David Schwerd (Interim Director)
Phone: (843) 915-5340
Fax: (843) 915-6340
Mailing Address
1301 Second Avenue Ste. 1D09
Conway, SC 29526
Physical Address
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
Office Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday