Written by David Hilton

Clarendon County Planning Commission

The purpose of the Clarendon County Planning Commission is to provide a continuous planning program to manage the growth and development of Clarendon County to provide for sound economical growth while protecting our natural resources, preserving our agricultural lands and encouraging residential growth in existing suburban and residentially compatible areas. The policies, goals and objectives of this plan are set out in the Clarendon County Comprehensive Plan. The regulations used to enforce the plan are known as the Clarendon County Unified Development Code.
The Unified Development Code brings together all of the different county laws and ordinances relative to land use and development. These are all the laws that have been put into place by the Clarendon County Council to obtain the goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan. They consist of: Zoning classifications and districts, listings of permitted and non-permitted uses for each district; site development criteria; subdivision regulations; road construction regulations; building codes; erosion control and stormwater management regulations; flood damage prevention regulations; and public water and sewer service regulations. The Unified Development Code also provides for fines and penalties for failure to comply with the regulations. The combination of these regulations creates the minimum standards for land development and building construction in Clarendon County to protect our citizens and resources – present and future.
All citizens in Clarendon County should be aware that the planning, zoning and building codes are in effect county wide. Before you divide, sell or buy property, you should contact the Planning Commission Department for zoning and subdivision information to determine whether or not you can divide or use the property for the purpose intended. To obtain zoning certification in most cases, you simply need a tax map number and/or a recorded plat. Before you begin construction to erect any structure or place, replace or move a manufactured home in Clarendon County, you must contact the Planning Commission Department for zoning certification and a building or manufactured home permit.

The Planning Commission Department is located at 411 Sunset Drive in Manning.
The office operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m..

*   Due to the high volume of commercial and residential projects, we are experiencing longer than normal wait times for inspections. We realize your time is valuable and apologize for any inconvenience. *  

To schedule an inspection, please contact our office at 803-435-8672 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are accepting re-inspection payments online. Payments made are not refundable. Please follow the instructions on the link provided: https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/cyg/plc/a005ch

Available to assist you in the day-to-day operations of the planning, zoning and building department are:
Tabitha Hanna, Director
Craig Hurst, Building Official
Maria Rose, Deputy Director
Lucille O'Brien, Planning/Zoning Coordinator
Angela Williams, Administrative Assistant
Brandon Ard, Building Inspector
Gary Chapman, Code Enforcement Officer

2022 Unified Development Code

Table of Contents

Unified Development Code Applications

Comprehensive Plan 2018 - 2028

Meetings and Notices