Planning & Zoning
What is a sign?
There are various types of signs. The complete definitions of the signs are defined in section 26-22 of the Richland County Land Development Code.
Are there criteria for a sign permit?
Regulations vary according to the zoning district and type of sign. Consult with planning staff about the zoning of the property where the sign will be placed in order to understand what requirements will apply.
How much does a sign cost?
The cost of a sign is dependant on the total cost of the sign (the cost of the sign + installation).
How long does it take to get a sign permit application approved?
It typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete the review of the sign application. Some complex applications may take longer.
What is the process for a sign permit?
The planning staff review a sign permit. You apply with a sign application form and the additional drawings or documents needed for the review. All drawings shall include a site plan and elevations and be drawn to scale.
The process is described as follows:
◊ Application materials and fees submitted by applicant.
◊ The Richland County Planning Department and occasionally the Building Department review the applications.
◊ The application is approved or denied by the staff.
What application materials do I need?
See the sign permit checklist for further reference.
Where can a sign be located?
A sign must be located outside of the road right-of-way, behind sidewalk areas, outside of the sight visibility triangle, and no closer than five (5) feet to the front property line.
What is a visibility triangle?
An area of unobstructed vision at road intersections or intersections between roads and driveways.
What type of display can a sign have?
All sign displays must remain static.
What are the regulations regarding nonconforming signs?
See sub-section 26-180 (o) of the LDC for regulations on nonconforming signs.
How can I get more information?
The Zoning Division can help you understand the process and material you will need to submit. They also have copies of the County’s parcel maps which may be helpful in understanding your property. The Zoning Division is located on the first floor of the
Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton Street. The regular business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. You may also visit the Richland County website at www.richlandcountysc.gov
or call the Zoning Division at (803) 576-2190.