What is the Board of Zoning Appeals?

The Board of Zoning Appeals is a five-citizen appointed board that, as provided for by SC State legislation, hears appeals of the Zoning 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.

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1. What is zoning?
2. 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?
3. How do I find the zoning and allowed uses of my property?
4. I am considering rezoning, or changing the use of my property. What do I need to do?
5. How can I find out the rules for developing or making use of my property?
6. Can I split (subdivide) my land?
7. What are the building setbacks on my property?
8. What if I need an address?
9. What if I want to remove a tree?
10. What is the Planning Commission?
11. What is the Commercial Design Review Board?
12. What is the Historic District/Board of Architectural Review?
13. What is the Board of Zoning Appeals?
14. How do I know if my project has to go before a Committee, Commission, Board or Town Council as part of the review process?