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MISSION

To guide the development of the City in a manner that enhances quality of life, promotes distinctive neighborhoods, supports businesses and protects the environment through professional, positive, solution-oriented planning, permitting, zoning, and enforcement services.

WHAT WE DO

The Planning and Development Services Department handles a variety of land development and property issues from the issuance of building permits to inspecting buildings for a business license.  Here is an overview of the services we offer:

 

DEVELOPMENT CENTER: The Development Center provides one point of entry for construction review and permitting. The staff shepherds projects from plan submittal to permitting ensuring that reviews are completed concurrently where possible. Coordinators can provide a wealth of information on the requirements and steps in the process.
 

BUILDING INSPECTIONS: The Building Inspections Division reviews plans and monitors construction work to ensure it conforms to established building codes and regulations. Staff also provide inspections for businesses when they move or open in a new location to make sure the space is safe and meets building codes.
 

PLANNING: The Planning Division facilitates and implements long and short-range plans for the City, its business districts, corridors, and neighborhoods. This division also provides staff support to the Planning Commission and the Design/Development Review Commission which includes historic preservation and urban design.
 

ZONING/LAND USE: The Zoning Division administers the zoning and land development regulations for the City. These cover issues such as where certain uses can be established, the subdivision of land, the size and placement of buildings, and parking requirements among others. Staff also provides support to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
 

CONTACT US

1136 Washington Street
Columbia, SC 29201
 
Hours of Operation
8:30AM - 5:00PM
Monday - Friday
 

NEWS
 

Shaping Columbia

The City of Columbia is rewriting its Zoning and Land Development Ordinance. The process began in 2014 when the City of Columbia and Richland County gathered extensive community input to shape long-term plans for growth. The rewrite will ensure the city’s regulations are aligned with those plans, reflect contemporary zoning best practices, and are more user-friendly.
 

Plan Columbia

City Council adopted the updated Land Use Plan on February 17th, 2015.  The adopted Land Use Plan UEimgPDF (34MB) is available for review!
 

Bull Street Campus Redevelopment

Download a copy of the adopted Bull Street Development Agreement UEimgPDF with exhibits.  See Highlights UEimgPDF of the Bull Street Development Agreement.  Get the FAQs UEimgPDF on the Bull Street Development Agreement.  Download a copy of the Bull Street Neighborhood Planned Unit Development UEimgPDF.
 

Building Codes in Effect for South Carolina

On August 29, 2012, the Building Codes Council updated the mandatory building codes to be used within South Carolina. The Building Codes Council established the implementation date for local jurisdictions as July 1, 2013, for all codes. All local jurisdictions must enforce the mandatory codes, and may adopt and enforce the permissive codes.

 
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