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Horry County News and Announcements


Horry County Offers Assistance for Businesses during State of Emergency

Recognizing the economic impacts to our area resulting from emergencies and disasters, Horry County Council has taken action to implement additional protections for the business community as part of the County’s emergency management, response and recovery. With the Governor’s order declaring a State of Emergency on March 13, 2020, certain provisions dealing with the filing of fee returns took immediate effect.

These measures include:

  • An extension of deadlines on all filings during the emergency and for a period thereafter
  • Non assessment of late penalties and fees during these times

In addition, at the request of the Horry County Treasurer, the County adopted additional measures to assist businesses to include: 

  • Waiving e-check fees to offer a no-cost payment option for business license and hospitality fees

Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner said, “We know this is an incredibly difficult time for our local business community. We will continue to work with them to mitigate the economic impacts of this event.” 

Angie Jones, Horry County Treasurer said, “We understand many businesses have been required to close and that makes it difficult or impossible to keep up with our normal deadlines. If any business owners have questions or concerns, we encourage them to call our office—we are standing by and ready to help.”

The Horry County Business License and Hospitality Fee Office can be reached at 843-915-5620. While County facilities remain closed to the public, staff in these offices are still working and available to answer questions or address concerns.

Horry County Planning Commission will hold Virtual Meeting this Week

The Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. will take place as a virtual meeting. The meeting will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website (link below) as well as the Government Access Channel.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone on the items having public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak on public hearing by noon on Thursday, April 2, 2020. You can sign up by calling Nancy Tindall in the Planning & Zoning Office at 843-915-7893 or emailing You can also provide written comments to be provided to each member of the Planning Commission at the same email,

Click to view the agenda or the agenda packet. Click to watch the video remotely

Horry County Council Enacts Emergency Ordinance Prohibiting Shorter-Term Rentals & Amusement Type Activities

Today County Council held an emergency meeting and enacted Emergency Ordinance 26-20 prohibiting shorter-term rentals and amusement type activities in the unincorporated areas of Horry County from Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. through April 30, 2020.

Golf courses are not restricted in the ordinance and are allowed to remain open. We continue to encourage appropriate social distancing.

Click to read or download the ordinance.

The Myrtle Beach International Airport and all other airports managed by the Horry County Department of Airports remain open and operational. Horry County Government does not have the authority to make a unilateral decision about the closure of airports. That is under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration. Airlines can also alter flight schedules. In addition, just like in a hurricane, it is important that the airports remain open for County emergency logistics, including delivery of supplies.

Horry County Council Enacts Emergency Ordinance; Planning Commission Workshop Tomorrow

Today County Council held an emergency meeting and enacted Ordinance 25-20. This emergency ordinance allows County Council to meet virtually. These meetings will be available for the public to view with the opportunity to participate in public hearings, as mandated by law. At this time, no meetings of County Council are scheduled to take place virtually. When those meetings are designated, specific instructions will be provided to the public.

Click here to view and download a copy of the ordinance.

The Planning Commission Workshop scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, March 26 will be taking place as a virtual workshop. The workshop will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website (link below) as well as the Government Access Channel. At this workshop, there will be no public input, as usual, and in addition, there will be no votes taken.

Click to view the agenda or the agenda packet. Click to watch the video remotely.

Horry County Government Postpones Budget Retreat; Library Offers eCard Resources

As Horry County officials continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, County Council decided to postpone the upcoming Budget Retreat to April 16-17, 2020.

The County will also postpone the Accommodations Tax meeting to April 15, 2020.

County buildings and facilities remain closed to the public. We strongly urge the public to handle business online where possible. We understand that there are crucial transactions that must take place and are not available online. The public is asked to call those departments directly for information and coordination.

During these difficult times, Horry County Memorial Library announces a new eCard option for accessing live homework help, eBooks, online courses, and education/career tools.

With your library card or eCard, you can access:

  • Live homework help at
  • 7 items per month at
  • 3 items at a time at, 
  • TumbleBooks and TumbleMath, Teen Book Cloud, BrainPop Jr., Britannica Learning Zone, Learn360, and the complete collection of Magic School Bus videos
  • Practice tests for SAT, ACT, AP Exams, GED, exams for civil service, military and professional licensing and certifications
  • And much more

To obtain an eCard or to inquire into the library’s internet hotspot program for Horry County students, please call 843-915-7323 or email 

We understand that these are trying and difficult times. We ask our community to be patient and to continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing. We also encourage healthy individuals to donate blood to help offset severe shortages due to the pandemic. Those interested can schedule an appointment at:

Horry County officials are actively monitoring conditions and will make ongoing adjustments as called for.