To guide the development of the City in a manner that enhances quality of life, promotes distinctive neighborhoods, supports businesses and protects the environment through professional, positive, solution-oriented planning, permitting, zoning, and enforcement services.


The Planning and Development Services Department handles a variety of land development and property issues from the issuance of building permits to inspecting buildings for a business license.  Here is an overview of the services we offer:

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW AND PERMITTING: The Development Center provides a single point-of-entry for construction review and permitting. The staff shepherds projects from plan submittal to permitting ensuring that reviews are completed concurrently where possible. Coordinators can provide a wealth of information on the requirements and steps in the process.

BUILDING INSPECTIONS: The Building Inspections Division reviews plans and monitors construction work to ensure it conforms to established building codes and regulations. Staff also provide inspections for businesses when they move or open in a new location to make sure the space is safe and meets building codes.

PLANNING: The Planning Division facilitates and implements long and short-range plans for the City, its business districts, corridors, and neighborhoods. This division also provides staff support to the Planning Commission and the Design/Development Review Commission which includes historic preservation and urban design.

ZONING: The Zoning Division administers the zoning regulations for the City.  This covers issues such as where certain uses can be established, the size and placement of buildings, signage, and parking requirements among others.  Staff also provide support to the Board of Zoning Appeals.


Planning and Development Services staff are available to assist you during normal business hours by telephone, email, or in person.  Our offices are located in Washington Square at the corner of Main and Washington Streets.  Metered parking is available on the street and on Level 1B of the Washington Street Parking Garage, located adjacent to Washington Square.


1136 Washington Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Hours of Operation

8:30AM - 5:00PM Monday - Friday


(803) 545-3483


(803) 545-3222


(803) 545-3333