Land Development Code Rewrite
Through the newly adopted 2021 Land Development Code (LDC), adopted by Richland County Council on Nov. 14, 2023, the current 2005 code will be replaced and repealed. This requires that every property in unincorporated Richland County receive new zoning that falls under the newly adopted code. Read about and view the information on this page to learn more about the new LDC.
The newly adopted code will become effective March 1, 2024.
Residents and property owners can visit the Zoning office on the first floor of the County Administration Building, at 2020 Hampton St., Columbia, during business hours, or schedule a one-on-one meeting with a Planning & Zoning staff member to learn more about the code. Those who want more information should email LandDevelopmentCode@richlandcountysc.gov or call the Planning Department: 803-576-2190.
The purpose of the code rewrite is to develop 21st century regulations that implement the County’s vision for where and how it grows, are user-friendly for all citizens, align with current best practices, allow for development in different contexts, provide for higher-quality development, and support a more sustainable Richland County.
The LDC is the adopted law of the County that regulates land use, growth and development.
It governs everything from the types of uses, location and size of a development within various zones, to establishing the procedures for how development proposals are reviewed, including approvals and denials. The LDC also controls various development and subdivision standards such as parking, landscaping, signs, addressing, building form, and open space within a development, and the division and platting of land, as well as road layout and other infrastructure requirements.
The code rewrite is a significant departure from the 2005 LDC and is not simply an update or a revised version but an entirely new land development code.
To read an accessible version of the infographics, please see Code Differences.
View presentations on the LDC Rewrite material on the County’s YouTube channel.
Questions, concerns, information?
Email LandDevelopmentCode@richlandcountysc.gov or call 803-576-2190.