Community Development Zoning Office
Introduction to the Zoning Ordinance
Zoning Ordinances in Lexington County were enacted in 1976 by County Council (and amended many times since) to promote public health, safety, morals, convenience, order, prosperity, and general welfare of the citizens of Lexington County. These ordinances protect both the property owner’s interest in their own property as well as the neighboring properties. Zoning ordinances are a way to safeguard the interests of the residents and property owners in Lexington County.
“No building, structure, or tract of land within the zoned area of the County shall be used, constructed, or developed until the issuance of a valid zoning permit” (Section 121.10 of the Zoning Ordinance.) In simple terms, zoning permits must be applied for and issued for new construction, development, and when there are changes to existing structures, site improvement, activity type, and/or new tenants.
Zoning also regulates signs in unincorporated areas of Lexington County. No signs are to be erected without the proper sign permit issued by the Zoning Office of the Community Development Department. Lexington County does not allow signs to be placed in the road right-of-way at any time (this includes temporary stick in the ground signs). Placing a sign in the road right-of-way is also a violation of the SC Code of Laws.
Board of Zoning Appeals