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Introduction to the Landscape and Open Space Ordinance


landscapeThe Landscape Ordinance was enacted January 1, 2001 and was amended to become the Landscape and Open Space Ordinance in January 2010. The purpose of the Ordinance is to protect and enhance the character, appearance, and image of Lexington County through attractive and creative landscape design and open space; to ensure the land-use compatibility through the use of vegetation and open space as transition areas and screening; and to preserve scenic, canopied tree corridors.


The Landscape and Open Space Ordinance mainly applies to all residential attached developments, residential subdivisions and all non-residential development in the unincorporated areas of Lexington County, except as otherwise stated in the Ordinance.


A certificate of occupancy cannot be issued until a landscape plan has been approved, all planting and screening have been completed and has passed inspection and been approved by the Landscape Administrator.


Landscape and Open Space Ordinance

Landscape and Open Space Ordinance

Landscape FAQ

Scenic Corridor Map

Suggested Tree Planting List 

Information Websites 

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

American Forests

Arbor Day Foundation

SC Forestry Commission

Trees Are Good 

Printable Forms

Zoning & Landscape Application for Project/Site Plan Review 
(Application for the Landscape and Open Space permitting process)