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Planning and zoning regulations for the City of West Columbia are authorized by the S. C. Code of Laws to promote the public health, safety and general welfare of its citizens. The intention of the regulations is to lessen congestion in the streets, provide safety from fire, panic and other dangers, provide adequate light and air, prevent the overcrowding of land, and avoid undue concentration of population. The regulations also facilitate adequate provision of parks, schools, transportation, water and sewerage, and other public requirements in accordance with the City of West Columbia Comprehensive Plan. The regulations are known as "The Zoning Ordinance of the City of West Columbia, South Carolina" and apply to all land and improvements within the incorporated boundaries of the City of West Columbia, SC.

 

For questions regarding Planning & Zoning, please contact Brian Carter at 803.939.3186 or bcarter@westcolumbiasc.gov.

 

What is Zoning?

 

Click on the links below to view further documentation and information:

West Columbia Zoning Ordinance

Click HERE to view the DISCLAIMER for the maps below:

West Columbia Zoning Map

West Columbia Zoning Map - Atlas

Bookmarks are provided in this .pdf atlas to browse between map pages.  Please refer to the Help menu of your .pdf viewer for information about enabling and using bookmark tools.  This atlas is organized by tax map pages.  You may research individual parcel information, including tax map numbers, by visiting the Lexington County GIS Property, Mapping, and Data Service (link to http://www.lex-co.com/GIS/Index.html ) web page.

West Columbia Comprehensive Plan

Zoning Application for a Building Permit

Site Plan – Use if no additional site plan is submitted with permit application

Zoning Application for a Business License

Zoning Application for a Home Occupation

Zoning Application for a Sign Permit

Zoning Fee Schedule

Application for a Special Exception

Application for a Variance Appeal

Application for a Map Amendment

Storage Container Permit

 

The City of West Columbia and the West Columbia Beautification Foundation are working together to enhance the beauty of West Columbia.  Find out about West Columbia’s beautification efforts by reading The West Columbia Beautification Plan.

Click HERE to view.

 

Gateway Overlay District Redevelopment Plan

 

The Congaree Coalition, comprised of The City of Columbia, City of West Columbia, Columbia Development Corporation, Eau Claire Development Corporation, Columbia Housing Development Corporation, and the Two Notch Development Corporation, received a $1 million brownfields grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This grant, funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provides funds for environmental assessments and redevelopment planning activities throughout the Congaree Region. The City of West Columbia has designated the Gateway Overlay District (GOLD), a major gateway area situated on the western bank of the Congaree River, as its emphasis area for investing a portion of the brownfield grant.  The purpose of the West Columbia Gateway Overlay District Redevelopment Plan is to investigate the GOLD, assess its redevelopment potential, and to provide recommendations that best leverage redevelopment opportunities to improve the community’s overall economic and environmental health.  On November 13, 2012, the West Columbia City Council passed a resolution adopting the West Columbia Gateway Overlay District Redevelopment Plan.

Click HERE to view the Gateway Overlay District Redevelopment Plan.

 

Planning a yard sale or an outdoor sale at a business? 

 

Please pick up a Yard Sale Permit from City Hall before your event.  A Yard Sale Permit is required for any yard sale on residential property.  A permit is also required if an outdoor sale on commercial property will be conducted with 50 feet from the roadway right-of-way.  The fee is $5.00 for a residential yard sale and there is no fee for outdoor sales on commercial property for businesses that have a valid business license. Keep the following in mind when conducting an outdoor sale:

 

  • Permits must be applied for in person at City Hall.  The Customer Service Department will assist you with the application process.
  • No more than three yard sale permits will be granted to any property per year.
  • Do not block or restrict passageways to less than six feet.  Do not block public sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, counter service windows.  Do not block ingress or egress to or from any building.
  • Do not store, park, or leave any stand or items of merchandise for sale overnight on any parking lots, sidewalks, and/or property which is visible from a public thoroughfare.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please call the Planning and Zoning Department at 803-791-1880.

Housing Rehabilitation Programs

“The purpose of the Housing Rehabilitation Programs is to help maintain Lexington County homes for long-term livability and help our communities remain stable and healthy.  Funds for these programs are through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are awarded to the county to implement housing and community development activities.  For more information, please click on this link to the Lexington County Community Development Department.”

For more information, please visit: www.lex-co.com/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/Index.html and/or CLICK HERE to download the informational brochure.

 


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Intensive Commercial (C-1)

This district is intended to accommodate retail core uses, intensive office employment and complimentary uses that serve people who shop or work in a central business district.


General Commercial (C-2)

This district is intended to accommodate a variety of general commercial and non-residential uses characterized primarily by retail, office and service establishments and oriented toward major traffic arteries or extensive areas of predominantly commercial usage and characteristics.


Restricted Commercial (C-3)

This district is intended to accommodate office, institutional and certain types of residential to commercial uses and is intended to accomplish the transition with minimal conflict among uses. Class A mobile homes are permitted with restrictions.


Light Manufacturing (LM)

This district is intended to accommodate wholesaling, storage, distribution, processing, and light manufacturing uses. Some general commercial uses are permitted.


Heavy Manufacturing (HM)

This district is intended to accommodate primarily those uses of a manufacturing and industrial nature, and secondarily those uses that are functionally related to distribution, storage and processing. General com-mercial uses are allowed, but are considered incidental to the pre-dominantly industrial nature of the district.


High-Density Residential (R-1)

This district is intended as a high-density residential area characterized by single-family detached residences, multiple-family structures (such as duplexes and quadraplexes), garden-type apartments and high-rise apartments. Class A mobile homes are permitted in the district providing they conform to certain requirements.


Medium-Density Residential (R-2)

This district is intended as a medium-density residential area characterized by single-family detached residences and two-family attached residences on the same lot. Class A mobile homes are permitted in the district providing they conform to certain requirements.


Low-Density Residential (R-3 and R-4)

These districts are intended as single-family residential areas with low to medium population densities. Use regulations for the single-family districts are identical, but custom has established two classes of lot width and lot area. These dimensional differences are intended to be preserved.


Planned Unit Development (PUD-C and PUD-R)

The intent of planned unit development districts is to derive benefits of efficiency, economy and flexibility by encouraging unified development of large sites, while also obtaining the advantage of creative site design, improved appearance, compatibility of uses, and optimum service by community facilities.


Development (D)

This district is intended to provide for large tracts of land located primarily on the fringe of urban growth where the pre-dominant character of urban development has not yet been fully established, but where the current characteristics of use are predominantly residential, agricultural or semi-developed with scattered related uses.



Schedule of Setbacks and Area Requirements in Zoning Districts
Zoning District Minimum Lot Area Minimum Lot Width Front Yard Setback Secondary Front Yard Side Yard Setback Rear Yard Setback
C-1 No minimum No minimum No minimum No minimum No minimum No minimum
C-2 No minimum No minimum 25 feet 12.5 feet 3 feet unless built to lot line 10 feet
C-3 No minimum for commercial. 5,000 sq. ft for 1st dwelling; 2,500 sq. ft. for 2nd dwelling No minimum 25 feet 12.5 feet 10 feet total with a 3-foot minimum for one side 10 feet
LM No minimum No minimum 25 feet 12.5 feet 3 feet unless built to lot line 3 feet unless built to lot line
HM No minimum No minimum 25 feet 12.5 feet 3 feet unless built to lot line 3 feet unless built to lot line
R-1 5,000 sq. ft for 1st dwelling and 2,500 sq. ft. for 2nd dwelling 50 feet 20 feet 12.5 feet 10 feet total with a 3-foot minimum for one side 15 feet
R-2 5,000 sq. ft for 1st dwelling and 2,500 sq. ft. for 2nd dwelling 50 feet 25 feet 12.5 feet 10 feet total with a 3-foot minimum for one side 15 feet
R-3 7,500 sq. ft. 50 feet 25 feet 12.5 feet 10 feet total with a 3-foot minimum for one side 25 feet
R-4 13,125 sq. ft. 75 feet 35 feet 17.5 feet 15 feet total with a 5-foot minimum for one side 25 feet
PUD-C Minimum 4 acres Site Specific Site Specific Site Specific Site Specific Site Specific
PUD-R Minimum 4 acres Site Specific Site Specific Site Specific Site Specific Site Specific
D 40,000 sq. ft. 150 feet 35 feet 17.5 feet 18 feet total with 8-foot minimum for one side 15 feet

The above information is very general in nature. Refer to the West Columbia Zoning Ordinance for specific details and requirements.


Please contact the Director of Planning and Zoning at 803.791.1880.


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