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Horry County Government Renews COVID-19 Protocols

For the protection of our employees and our community members, Horry County Government will be renewing protocols previously put into place to slow the spread of COVID-19. This comes after notification by S.C. DHEC of a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and potential exposures throughout our community. 

Horry County Government currently has 36 employees working remotely or utilizing medical leave due to reports of possible exposure to COVID-19. In total, Horry County Government has been notified of 10 positive cases of COVID-19 among our staff. This number includes cases previously announced. 

County offices remain operational; however, we encourage community members to conduct business by phone, email, or other electronic means. Call first before visiting any office in person—many departments will be working by appointment-only in an effort to limit the number of people within a given space.

Community members who must visit an office in person will be required to wear a face mask while inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.

We ask our community to be patient and practice good hygiene.

County officials are continuing to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 in our community. Please be advised that conditions may change quickly requiring new or additional changes. Any updates will be provided as soon as possible. 

 



Horry County to Reopen Administrative, Public Safety & Library Facilities on Monday

Horry County Government will reopen its administrative, public safety, and library facilities to the public beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. Horry County recreation centers, the Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will remain closed to the public.

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits will be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines will be in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.



Business Personal Property Tax Deadline Extended

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 in our area, the deadline for business personal property taxes has been extended to June 1, 2020. At the request of Horry County Government, the South Carolina Department of Revenue granted this extension for taxpayers filing a tax year 2020 business personal property return with Horry County. 

Property subject to business personal property taxes include the furniture, fixtures, and equipment owned and used in business and accommodation type properties not primary residence.

Property owners who have questions about filing business personal property taxes and the e-file e-form PR-26 can call the Horry County Auditor’s Office Business Personal Property Division at (843) 915-5054.

E-filing form PR-26 is available here.

 



Horry County Government Offices Remain Closed to the Public Next Week

Horry County Government offices remain closed to the public for the week of March 23, 2020. This excludes all airports. Limited court functions will continue. In addition, all state offices in County facilities will remain open, as directed by the Governor. 

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. 

Court for Horry County Magistrate Court and Circuit Court is cancelled the week of March 23. Jurors should not report to the courthouse next week. 

The Horry County Emergency phone bank will close at 5:00 p.m. today and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020. 



Register of Deeds Office to offer Limited Access for Research to the Public

As per the state of emergency declared March 14, 2020 by Horry County, Horry County closed its facilities to the public beginning March 18, 2020. As such, the Horry County Register of Deeds Department is closed to the public. The public will not be able to come inside the Register of Deeds Office. 

The Horry County Register of Deeds Office has made many of their files remotely accessible to real estate and legal professionals for a number of years. The Horry County ROD has some files that are not digitized and are only available in microfilm and hard copy formats. The ROD will begin offering limited physical access to the Horry County microfilm and digital land records and other files next week.

In response to public demand, and strictly for the purpose of ongoing business and commerce needs, Horry County will allow limited in-person access to public records and use of public equipment for researching property records beginning March 23, 2020. In keeping with the recommended federal guidelines for this recognized public health emergency, Horry County will allow up to 10 members of the public access to its digital and microfilm records on an appointment basis only for a period of no more than 2 hours at a time. There will be no access granted to the Horry County ROD offices. Microfilm records will be made available in a temporary facility that retain the required social distancing requirements for six researchers at a time. In addition, Horry County’s digital ROD files will be accessible on four computer terminals located in a separate existing Public Access room. Only four researchers will be allowed in this room at one time to again maintain social distancing for the safety of the participants.

Members of the public who need to access county facilities for these transactions can make an appointment by calling the Register of Deeds Office at (843) 915-5430 beginning at 9:00 am on Friday March 20, 2020. Reservations will only be accepted for one day at a time to insure fairness. Appointments will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited. In addition, the Horry County Clerk of Court has also agreed to allow public access for these research needs. The Probate Court will provide records electronically as requested. 

In addition, those members of the public that make an appointment and enter the facility will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging that they could be exposing themselves or others to a potentially lethal communicable disease and releasing the county from any liability that may result from the use of the facility during this public health emergency. Those with appointments should arrive at the Government and Justice Building 15 minutes prior to their appointment and bring a photo ID.

While the ROD and other county offices are closed to the public, the ROD staff will be at work and will be continuing to record documents. The ROD, with the office closed, has suspended walk in recording and walk in customer service. We will record via e-file, mail, or overnight packages. We will accommodate requests for plat copies via email or phone requests.  Staff will print copies, take funds from escrow accounts and place copies with receipt on table outside ROD door. Customer Service document requests will still be accepted as usual via mail requests.

Horry County continues to encourage members of the public to do business online where possible and to call those departments directly for information and coordination.



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