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UAS stands for Unmanned Aerial System, which is more commonly known as a drone. Essentially, a drone is an aerial device equipped with an onboard computer that can be operated remotely by a pilot on the ground using a handheld controller. Small drones weigh less than 55 pounds, are battery-operated, have several rotors like a helicopter, and are equipped with a video camera.
The Town of Summerville's Drone Program follows 14 CFR Part 107 which strictly prohibits Drone operators from intentionally recording or transmitting images of any location where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as private backyards or inside private buildings, except where authorized by a warrant issued by a judge or in emergency situations. Reasonable precautions can include, for example, deactivating or turning imaging devices away from such areas or persons during Drone operations.
In addition to the training and study required to maintain an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot License, all Town of Summerville Drone Pilots must complete 1.5 hours of supervised flight time with an established FAA Certified Pilot before their first mission. Additionally, pilots will train regularly in a variety of locations and settings to ensure operational efficiency. All training is documented, and the records are maintained by the Town of Summerville and are subject to review by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Yes. For the sake of transparency, a list of all Drone missions will be made publicly available on the Town of Summerville's website.
Government agencies (including Federal, State, and tribal), law enforcement, and public safety entities have two options for operating drones under 55 pounds.
No, our FLIR thermal cameras cannot see through walls, at least not like in the movies. Walls are generally thick enough—and insulated enough—to block any infrared radiation from the other side. If you point a thermal camera at a wall, it will detect heat from the wall, not what’s behind it.
Town of Summerville Drones are operated by FAA-certified and licensed operators. The Town has three operators. They are the only personnel authorized to operate the drones.
All drone pilots are subject to FAA regulations related to airspace use, and all must have a valid "Part 107" Remote Pilot License.
Zoning provides the standards and regulations that apply to land and structures in the Town of Summerville. These standards and regulations help implement the Town's Comprehensive Plan that contains goals, policies and recommendations of how development in the Town is to be achieved.
The Town has numerous zoning districts. Each one has a list of permitted uses and standards for building setbacks, densities, and heights. Additionally, some areas may have overlay districts that stipulate additional design guidelines, such as in the Downtown Historic District.
The Town of Summerville’s Tree Protection Ordinance provides for additional review and approval for removing trees of certain sizes. For more information and to obtain a application for removal of individual trees visit our Tree Ordinance & Tree Removal Permits page.
The selection is a random computer pick. These names are taken from the Berkeley County and Dorchester County voter’s registration list. This list is updated yearly.
The judge can find you in contempt of court if you do not appear or contact the court. The sentence is punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
We accept cash, credit/debit cards. and money order. No business checks will be accepted. The court no longer accepts personal checks.
TIF is an abbreviation for “Tax Increment Financing” which is authorized under the South Carolina State Statutes. It captures the increase in property values as a result of redevelopment and new development of an area to fund specific projects within that area. County and Municipal Governments throughout the State have used TIFs with great success. Dorchester County’s Oakbrook TIF is one recent example of this financing instrument being used to make significant improvements to our community.
The Midtown TIF was created to reverse blighted conditions within the redevelopment area by improving structures and facilities that do not meet minimum code standards and to address inadequate infrastructure needs such as transportation and storm drainage facilities. These types of projects require substantial funding which generally requires borrowings. The TIF enables the Town to issue debt to fund these improvements and to use the additional tax revenue generated from the increased property values to pay the debt.
The Town held at least 11 meetings (2 were in executive session) over the course of 19 months in which the Council discussed the Midtown TIF and members of the public were given an opportunity to comment. There were a number of public hearings and several of those meetings included public presentations made by staff, bond counsel, and the Town’s financial advisor.
The Town’s Redevelopment plan describes a blighted area as any improved area within the boundaries of a redevelopment project area where industrial, commercial, and residential buildings are detrimental to the public safety, health, morals, or welfare of the public. The full description of the Midtown TIF Redevelopment Plan can be viewed here.
The Town’s credit rating has NOT been affected by TIF.
Yes. You can view the current TIF map here.
Yes. You can view the Midtown TIF map that shows the *PROPOSED* removal of 500 N. Main Street here.
Yes. The ordinance that authorizes the issuance of Midtown TIF bonds can be viewed here.
Yes. The ordinance adopting the Midtown TIF and Redevelopment Plan Agreements can be viewed here.
Summerville Municipal Court is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Payments are not accepted after 4:30 p.m
Summerville Municipal Court is located at:200 S Main StreetSummerville, SC 29483
The building is located on the corner of South Main Street and West Richardson Avenue, across from Hutchinson Square.
Call Summerville Municipal Court at 843-875-2010 immediately.
The trial Judge for Summerville Municipal Court is Lawrence G. Jameson, III or may say Trial Judge or Duty Judge on your citation. The Trial Court address is:200 S Main StreetSummerville, SC 29483
If your South Carolina Uniform Traffic Ticket or Bond paperwork has any other trial judge or trial court address, please contact Information at 411 and provide the address listed on your paperwork.
Summerville Municipal Court's handicapped parking is accessible from the rear entrance of the court on West Richardson Avenue onto Short Central Avenue There is handicapped parking in the parking garage which is free to park in.
You can file a Notice of Appeal within 10 calendar days of being found guilty. Calendar days include Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. If the 10th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you may file on the next business day. To file, download a Notice to Appeal Form (PDF).
You have 10 calendar days from the date the judge made his/her decision. Calendar days include Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. If the 10th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you may file the next business day. You must file by the 10th day for it to be timely at:Court of Common Pleas5200 E Jim Bilton BlvdSt. George, SC 29477
You can file a Motion to Reopen within 5 calendar days of being found guilty. Calendar days include Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. If the 5th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you may file on the next business day. To submit a request, download a Motion to Repen (PDF).
You have 5 calendar days from the date the judge made his/her decision. Calendar days include Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. If the 5th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you may file the next business day. You must file by the 5th day for it to be timely. You may file at:Summerville Municipal Court200 S Main StreetSummerville, SC 29483
Only if the Court of Common Pleas overturns the Municipal Court's decision.
If you did not appear for court and did not contact the officer prior to court, your case was heard and the judge found you guilty in your absence. A warrant could be issued for Contempt of Court - Failing to Appear. You will need to report to the Town of Summerville Warrant Division at the:Summerville Police Department300 W 2nd N StreetSummerville, SC 29483
If you did not appear for court and did not contact the officer prior to court, your case was heard and the judge found you guilty in your absence. You will need to pay the fine within 15 days of your court date or the process to suspend your driver's license will begin.
If your driver's license is suspended for failing to pay a traffic ticket, you will be required to pay the fines at Summerville Municipal Court and a re-instatement fee at the South Carolina Highway Department.
If you need to reschedule your court date and it is before your scheduled appearance, you need to contact the officer at 843-875-1650. You may have to leave a message. You may also request a continuance in open court, however, you will need a valid reason to do so. Valid reasons may include the need to get or consult an attorney or to request a jury trial. The presiding judge may continue the court date on your scheduled court date depending on the circumstances of the case.
If you were given a court date and time, you will need to either: Appear and plea, or ask for a continuance/jury trial, or pay the ticket (if applicable) prior to court. If you do not appear, you are subject to having your driver's license suspended in the case of traffic charges, or having a warrant issued for your arrest in the case of criminal charges.
Your case will be heard as scheduled unless you can provide written documentation as to why you could not make your court date as scheduled. This documentation will need to be provided at least 24 hours prior to the date of your trial for judicial review. If you do not receive resolution on your court date, you will need to contact the court at 843-875-2010.
All cases in Summerville Municipal Court are heard and evaluated on their individual merits. Each element is considered when a judge makes a decision. Other than the judge, no one can say what she/he would do in your particular case.
According to state statute, you may represent yourself. You have the right to introduce evidence, examine and cross-examine witnesses, make closing arguments and otherwise present a defense to the charges. You will be held to the same standards as an attorney.
Yes, your child will need to go to court.
In most cases, the ticket may be paid without an appearance, however, there are traffic charges that do require an appearance for traffic violations, regardless of age. If you have any questions regarding required appearances for traffic charges, call 843-875-2010.
There are 3 possible pleas to a criminal charge:
Depending on the alleged offense(s), you are entitled to a trial by jury. You are entitled to hear all testimony against you. You have a right to cross-examine any witness who testifies against you, to testify on your own behalf and you hold a Constitutional right not to testify. If you choose not to testify, a refusal cannot and will not be used against you in determining guilt or innocence. However, if you choose to testify, the Town will have the right to cross-examine you.
You may call witnesses to testify on your behalf and have the right to have the court issue subpoenas for witnesses to ensure appearance at trial.
No, you either need to appear or pay the fine prior to your court date.
Summerville Municipal Court schedules its regular court sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m, and 3 p.m. Depending on the docket and caseload, sessions may last longer than an hour.
While a prayer for judgment is used in North Carolina, it is not available in South Carolina
You must appear on your designated court date and time. Judges do not talk about pending cases without all parties present. You may contact the officer for a continuance after the initial court date if you are unable to appear.
Payment indicates a guilty plea and forfeiture of fine monies. Appearing on your court date gives you a chance to ask for a reduction in fines or plead not guilty.
The program is 26 weeks long as required by state statute.
Some programs start at $25 per session.
The agency will notify the court that you did not show and terminate you. You will also be subject to a Failure to Comply charge, which carries a fine of $500 and/or 30 days in jail.
The Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV) agency will notify the court that you did not complete your program and terminate you. You will also be subject to a Failure to Comply charge which carries a fine of $500 and/or 30 days in jail.
You need to contact Summerville Municipal Court at 843-875-2010 for re-sentencing.
You will need to pay the amount(s) outstanding with that particular agency. Each agency will give you a form you will need at the South Carolina Highway Department which will require you to pay reinstatement fee(s) to reinstate your license.
You received a Non-Resident Violator's Compact Notice for not appearing on your court date. If you choose not to pay the amount(s), we will notify the South Carolina Highway Department on the 16th day following your court date.
The court no longer accepts personal or business checks.
State statute authorizes the payment by credit/debit card.
All fines and restitution are due on the day of sentencing.
Yes, if you are the person who posted the monies for your bond. If someone else posted your bond monies, the fine cannot be deducted.
If you have a traffic charge and do not pay, your driver's license will be suspended until you do. If you have a criminal charge and do not pay, a warrant will be issued for Contempt of Court.
You will need to go to the Town of Summerville’s Warrant Division and have the warrant served at the Summerville Police Department at:300 W 2nd N StreetSummerville, SC 29483
Then you can pay the full amount on the warrant or have someone pay the full amount.
Yes, you may. To pay online, please visit the Online Citation Payment website.
Fines must be paid in-person at Summerville Municipal Court (200 S Main Street), by mail or online. Fines may be paid by cash, credit/debit cards, and money orders only. No personal or business checks will be accepted. To pay online, please visit the Online Citation Payment website.
Bonds are only released upon order by a judge, dismissal of the charge, or a finding of not guilty. The bond is returned only to the party posting it. Bond refunds follow the Town of Summerville’s refund process and may take up to 30 days.
Refunds follow the Town of Summerville’s refund process and may take up to 30 days.
The person who paid the money will receive the refund.
Court costs are fees and assessments assigned by state statute created by the South Carolina legislature. They are subject to change annually.
Court costs, fees, and assessments are established by the South Carolina legislature and are subject to change annually. These changes are updated in Summerville Municipal Court's case management system under the complete control of the South Carolina Judicial Department. Court costs are assigned to the particular charge you were given, not according to your court appearance.
Court costs, fees, and assessments are established by the South Carolina legislature and are subject to change annually. These changes are updated in Summerville Municipal Court's case management system under the complete control of the South Carolina Judicial Department.
Summerville Municipal Court is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Payments are not accepted after 4:30 p.m.
You will need to contact the officer or his/her supervisor at 843-875-1650. You may have to leave a message. Summerville Municipal Court employees are not authorized to speak for officers or about an officer's actions.
The law prohibits Summerville Municipal Court employees other than the Municipal Judge or Associate Municipal Judge from explaining or interpreting the law. As a result, court employees must refrain from answering many questions asked of them because to do so would constitute legal advice, which court personnel may not provide. Instead, they must refer you to competent legal counsel.
Due to the large volume of traffic tickets, Summerville Municipal Court employees do not make individual calls for this purpose. You will need to take your individual receipt(s) to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may be reached at 803-896-5000.
You have the right to hire your own attorney. If you cannot afford one, you may apply for a court-appointed attorney. You can apply for a court-appointed attorney at the Public Defender’s Office located at:107 W 6th N Street Summerville, SC 29483
They accept applications Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and require a $40 application fee.
Court employees are not allowed to recommend specific attorneys or law firms. You should contact the South Carolina Bar Association's free attorney referral service at 800-868-2284. You can also check phone listings or ask your friends for recommendations.
While Summerville Municipal Court is a part of South Carolina's unified court system. The court is subject to all laws, regulations, and directives from the South Carolina Judicial Department, South Carolina Court Administration, and State Codes of Law. These laws provide parameters and guidelines. Individual courts (municipal and magistrate) have the ability to design court-specific business processes.
You can file a Motion to Reopen (PDF) within 5 calendar days of being found guilty or you can file a Notice of Appeal within 10 calendar days of being found guilty. Calendar days include Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. If the 5th or 10th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you may file on the next business day.
All cases in Summerville Municipal Court are heard and evaluated on their individual merits. Each element is considered when a judge makes a decision. No one, other than the judge, can say what he/she would do in your particular case.
All cases in Summerville Municipal Court are heard and evaluated on their individual merits. Each element is considered when a judge makes a decision. No one, other than the judge, can say what she/he would do in your particular case.
According to state statute, you may represent yourself. You have the right to introduce evidence, examine and cross-examine witnesses, make closing arguments, and otherwise present a defense to the charges. You will be held to the same standards as an attorney.
The law prohibits Summerville Municipal Court employees (other than the Municipal Judge or Associate Municipal Judge) from explaining or interpreting the law. As a result, court employees must refrain from answering many questions asked of them because to do so would constitute legal advice, which court personnel may not provide. Instead, they must refer you to competent legal counsel.
Depending on the alleged offense(s), you are entitled to a trial by jury. You are entitled to hear all testimony against you. You have a right to cross-examine any witness who testifies against you, to testify on your own behalf and a Constitutional right not to testify.
If you choose not to testify, a refusal cannot and will not be used against you in determining guilt or innocence. However, if you choose to testify, the Town will have the right to cross-examine you. You may call witnesses to testify on your behalf and have the right to have the court issue subpoenas for witnesses to ensure appearance at trial.
You are advised of your rights and charges, and of the consequences of convictions and for not appearing in court. Bail/bond is determined during this process.
If the relative has an attorney, you may contact him or her. Court staff members may provide public information, such as upcoming court dates and how to post bond.
Victim services for Municipal Court cases are available through the Summerville Police Department by calling 843-873-1262 or 843-871-2463. You may also call the First Circuit Solicitor's Office at 843-871-2460 for state level cases that occurred in Dorchester County. You may also call the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office at 843-719-4529 or 843-958-1900 for state level cases that occurred in Berkeley or Charleston County.
The victim advocate can explain the judicial system, act as a link between the prosecutor and the victim, give current case status information, assist in obtaining orders of protection, make referrals (counseling, food, shelter, etc.), and escort victims while they testify or appear at hearings.
For more information about these services, visit the Summerville Police Department, First or Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office website.
Court staff members may show you the public record file if it is not confidential or you can look it up online at the First or Ninth Judicial Circuit website.
The judge imposes sentences. Court staff members cannot guess as different facts and laws may apply to each case. However, certain offenses have mandatory sentences meaning a judge cannot order a lesser sentence than is required. Other offenses allow a judge to use discretion. If a charge has a mandatory sentence, the judge will inform you at the time of sentencing.
House arrest is determined by a judicial officer. It may be as a condition of release on bond or it can be a sentence versus jail time by a presiding judge.
The program length depends on whether or not it occurred under the condition of bond or sentence.
Yes, you will receive cost information upon applying with the agency.
The agency will notify the court you did not comply and terminate you. You will be subject to your bond being revoked (condition of release) or Failure to Comply with a fine of $500 and or 30 days in jail (sentence or condition of release).
You need to contact Municipal Court at 843-875-2010 for re-sentencing.
If the bench warrant has a fine and/or restitution amount, the full amount can be paid with a money order, credit/debit card, or cash at:Summerville Municipal Court200 S Main StreetSummerville, SC 29483
Personal checks are not accepted.
Once the amount has been paid in full, you can be released from jail. If it does not have an amount, you will be brought before a municipal judge at the courthouse.
If you are taken to jail before 9 a.m, you will see a judicial officer, barring exigent circumstances.
A surety bond can come from a bondsman, a property with clear title, and/or friends or relatives who will make sure you will appear for court.
You sign a bond form saying you will appear for court and follow any and all conditions until your court date.
It is your responsibility to contact Summerville Municipal Court so you can be transported. If not, you will be tried in your absence and subject to contempt of court
You may either call the Dorchester, Berkeley, or Charleston County Detention Centers depending on where the incident occurred or check online using the VINELink Offender Search.
You can file a Motion to Reopen (PDF) within 5 calendar days of being found guilty or you can file a Notice of Appeal within 10 calendar days of being found guilty. Calendar days include Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. If the 5th or 10th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you may file on the next business day.
Court staff members are not allowed to act on your behalf. We must remain neutral and not give one case party an advantage over the other. You may be able to put the request in writing to file in court, with a copy provided to the other side.
Each trial is unique. Trials only last for one day (typically) in Summerville Municipal Court, anywhere from ten minutes to seven or eight hours. You must prepare appropriately for a lengthy trial.
During certain periods of time during the trial you will be able to use the phone if the judge permits.
No, Municipal Courts typically do not pay their jurors.
No. There are vending machines available for your use, but you must plan meals accordingly before coming to court.
A restraining order is a commonly-used term for an order of protection or an injunction for harassment.
You will need to see a magistrate for a restraining order. To view a list of magistrates, visit the South Carolina Judicial Department website.
An order used for protection when there is a family relationship between the defendant and the victim. The victim must state how an act of domestic violence was threatened or committed against the victim.
You will need to see a magistrate for an order of protection. To find a magistrate listing, visit the South Carolina Judicial Department website.
Harassment must involve a series of acts that can spread over a long or short period of time, usually within the last year. The acts must show a continuity of purpose directed at a specific person, seriously alarming, annoying, or harassing the victim without serving a legitimate purpose, which would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.
Due to staffing and liability considerations, we do not conduct records checks. You can call the Summerville Police Department Records Division at 843-871-2463 or check the Public Index Online.
Summerville Municipal Court employees are not authorized to provide this information. You need to check with local law enforcement.
You will need to go to the Town of Summerville’s Warrant Division to have the warrant served at:Summerville Police Department300 W 2nd N StreetSummerville, SC 29483
If you were found not guilty or the case was dismissed or nolle prossed, the court date was on or after June 2, 2010 and it was in Summerville Municipal Court, we will automatically expunge it according to state statute.
If you were found not guilty or the case was dismissed or nolle prossed, the court date was on or before June 1, 2010 and it was in Summerville Municipal Court, you will need to submit a request and a completed Expungement Order.
If you were found guilty, but have not had any further convictions for 3 years, you can get more information from the State Solicitor's Office.
Once a record is expunged, all information about that record is destroyed (in the case of physical records) or deleted (in the case of digital records).
Summerville Municipal Court employees are not authorized to provide sealed/expunged records to the public. You must submit a completed Request for Records Form.
Summerville Municipal Court employees can only review daily business processes for any irregularities. You should direct questions about identity theft or a known person using your personal information to law enforcement or you should seek advice and assistance from legal counsel.
If you were taken to jail and found not guilty or the case(s) is dismissed or nolle prossed (the prosecutor chose not to prosecute the case), your case will be automatically expunged through Municipal Court.
If you were not taken to jail, you were found not guilty or the case(s) is dismissed or nolle prossed, you are not eligible for expungement (even for cases prior to June 1, 2009). All other expungement inquiries should be addressed through the State Solicitor's Office.
Summerville Residents: $50Non-residents: $70
Residency is determined based off of annexation into the town of Summerville, meaning you pay your taxes to the Town of Summerville. It is possible to have a Summerville address and not live in Summerville municipal limits. In this case, you are considered a non-resident. For the full list of addresses in Summerville municipal limits, click here.
In order to register for any sports program you will need to provide the following documentation:
Required equipment varies by sport.
Baseball, T-Ball & Coach Pitch
All teams will be furnished with balls, cones, and other necessary equipment.
Annexation is the process of bringing parcels of land from unincorporated areas of the county into the service area and jurisdiction of a town. It does not affect ownership of your property, but often provides additional public services.
Find information about this on the Benefits to Annexation page.
While residing or doing business in the Town of Summerville may have some costs, these costs may be offset, in part, by the elimination of county and/or special purpose or private service fees, as well as lower in-town rates. Our Planning and Economic Development Department can provide you a cost comparison at your request.
Learn about this process on the Annexation Process page.
Yes. If multiple property owners are interested in incorporating into the Town of Summerville, SC State Law Title 5, “Municipal Corporations,” offers three different methods for requesting annexation:
Annexation eligibility is determined by the location of property in connection with the existing Town of Summerville limits. Eligibility requirements are governed by SC State Law Title 5, “Municipal Corporations.”
To annex into the Town of Summerville, property must be:
Contact our Planning Department for to check your eligibility or for more information.
Each county and municipality has different rules for developing property, establishing a business license, etc. Therefore, it is very important to determine which jurisdiction your property is located in. The Town of Summerville’s regulations apply only to those properties located within the Town of Summerville’s limits. The Town has an Online Property Lookup Tool available here which allows users to search for a property by TMS, owner or address and find information on zoning, ownership, town council, and more. You can also contact the Planning Department to confirm whether your property is located within the Town of Summerville.
You can find the zoning of your property on the Town’s Zoning Map (click here for the Interactive Property Lookup Tool) and referencing the Town’s Unified Development Ordinance or by contacting or visiting the Planning Department and requesting that information. Our staff can look up the zoning for your property with your address or tax map number.
Prior to filling out and submitting an online application through our Citizenserve portal, it is required that you consult with Planning Department staff and schedule a pre-application meeting.
Regulations for property development within the Town of Summerville is governed by the Town’s Unified Development Ordinance, as well as regulations by other governmental agencies such as FEMA and the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The Planning Department is available to assist you. Contact our staff to speak with a planner about your specific project.
Whether or not a property is eligible for subdivision requires the analysis of several factors, including the zoning district, road frontage and access, total acreage, as well as a number of other items. Most plat and subdivision plan review is handled by the Town’s Engineering department, in coordination with the Planning Department. Contact our staff to speak with someone about your specific project.
Building setback is the minimum distance that a building can be from your property line. Building setbacks can vary by zoning district, building type (primary vs. accessory), and the nature of the adjacent property. Please contact the Planning Department to confirm your setbacks.
Addresses are assigned by the Planning Department for each building on a property that is habitable (residential or commercial). These addresses are coordinated with the County and entered into the E911 system for emergency services delivery. Only the Town can assign or change addresses within its boundaries. Please contact us or submit an Address Assignment Application through the Planning, Zoning, and Engineering section of the Citizenserve portal to obtain or change an address.
The Town of Summerville’s Tree Protection Ordinance provides for additional review and approval for removing trees of certain sizes. For more information and to obtain an application for removal of individual trees visit our Tree Ordinance and Tree Removal Permits page.
The Planning Commission, as provided for by South Carolina law, is a seven member citizen appointed Commission in place for purposes of reviewing rezoning requests, zoning ordinance amendments, the Comprehensive Plan, the Capital Improvements Plan, and other items directed by Town Council for recommendation for approval or denial. Agenda items are initiated by staff, Town Council, and requests from property owners, and coordinated by the Planning Department. Recommendations by the Planning Commission are considered by Town Council for final approval or denial.
The purpose of the Design Review Board is to ensure the development of commercial corridors within the Town of Summerville that contribute to a sense of place and pride and further strengthen the integrity of Summerville’s historic and best characteristics. New mixed-use development, commercial, and industrial development of all types, multi-family development (excluding townhomes if less than 5 units), and major exterior modifications, are required to go before the Board for review of visual and aesthetic character and site layout.
The Board is granted the authority to determine the appropriateness of the construction of the commercial site in pursuit of achieving that style which is characteristic of the region, and of Summerville in particular. The Board also reviews master sign plans and changeable copy signs for commercial establishments for approval (new and alterations to existing). The process aims to respect the character, integrity, and quality of the built environment of the town, without stifling innovative architecture and/or development.
Please see the Town’s UDO, Section 13.3.5 and 13.8 to determine applicability. Contact Town staff to discuss your particular project and schedule a pre-application conference with the Technical Review Committee (TRC) if required.
The Historic District/Board of Architectural Review Board is comprised of seven citizens knowledgeable of historic buildings and architecture. The Board reviews all new construction, major exterior modifications, and/or demolition of buildings within the Town of Summerville’s Downtown Historic District. Over 700 structures are included in the Historic District.
Please see the Town’s UDO, Section 13.3.6 and 13.8 to determine applicability. Contact Town staff to discuss your particular project and schedule a pre-application conference with the Technical Review Committee (TRC), if required.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is a five-citizen appointed board that, as provided for by SC State legislation, hears appeals of the Unified Development Ordinance where, due to a hardship or peculiar conditions of a particular property, a variance of the regulations is required, (such as a reduction in building setbacks) may be granted. The Board also hears requests for appeals to the written decision of the Zoning Administrator, if a property owner feels that decision was made in error.
While, many planning and zoning reviews may be handled administratively by the Town staff, due to state law or local ordinance, some reviews require approval by one or more of the Town’s committees, commissions, boards or Council. The Planning Department staff is available to advise you on the process as it relates to your specific goals. It is recommended that you consult them early in your project, as they will be able to help with ordinance compliance and save you time later.
For a step by step guide to filling out a CitizenServe application, click here.
The Police Department is located at 300 West 2nd North Street, Summerville, SC 29483.
Copies of Incident Reports can be obtained at the Records window inside the Police Department lobby. Incident Reports are free of charge for victims (first copy) but cost $5 per copy for the general public.
Copies of Accident Reports can be obtained at the Records window inside the Police Department lobby. Accident Reports are $5 per copy.
You may also obtain a copy of an accident report online using Crashdocs.Org.
You can be fingerprinted at the Department on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 am to 3 pm.
View important (non-emergency) phone numbers for the Town of Summerville.
Your Complaint is Important.
The Summerville Police Department is dedicated to the provision of the highest possible quality of law enforcement service to the public. The department is committed to courteously accepting and impartially investigating all complaints regarding the actions and performance of our personnel.
A complaint can be made with the Summerville Police Department in the following ways:
The officer receiving your complaint will attempt to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible for you.
A commendation can be made with the Summerville Police Department in the following ways:
For questions, please call Detective Corporal Brooks at 843-285-7028 or Detective Neu at 843-285-7511.