Planning & Zoning
The Planning and Economic Development Department provides a wide-range of public services in regards to planning and zoning, including: Processing land use applications; Providing public information related to zoning, mapping, and historic preservation; Preparing and reviewing long-range plans, policies and programs that promote land use policy established by Town Council; and, Enforcing land development regulations for the Town of Summerville.
The department also provides staff support to the Town’s Planning Commission, Commercial Design Review Board, Historic District/Board of Architectural Review, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Tree Advisory Protection Committee, and coordinates all applications and/or requests to be considered by these citizen-appointed commissions and boards.
Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Update
The Town of Summerville is in the process of updating the zoning ordinance and land development regulations into a UDO. When completed the UDO will consolidate all regulations that govern development in the Town of Summerville into one document that will include tables, charts, and graphics to make it more accessible and user-friendly.
The update will take approximately 18 to 24 months, and the Town will seek public input from citizens, developers, and other interested parties throughout the project. Please contact the Planning and Economic Development Department for additional information.
- What is zoning?
- How do I find out if my property is located in unincorporated Dorchester, Charleston or Berkeley County or within the Town of Summerville? Why is that important?
- How do I find the zoning and allowed uses of my property?
- I am considering rezoning, or changing the use of my property. What do I need to do?
- How can I find out the rules for developing or making use of my property?
- Can I split (subdivide) my land?
- What are the building setbacks on my property?