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Planning & Zoning Department

(843) 918-1050

The Planning & Zoning Department formulates plans, policies and ordinances that provide orderly growth and development for Myrtle Beach.  The department enforces city laws pertaining to zoning, signs, tree protection, lighting, fencing, encroachments, overall development requirements more. 

The Planning & Zoning Department is located in the City Services Building, 921 North Oak Street.  Experienced planners and zoning code officers are available to help with various topics and functions, including...

  • Annexation
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Community Appearance Board
  • Cultural Arts Advisory Committee
  • Floodplain Management
  • Landscaping and Tree Protection 
  • Planned Unit Development (PUD)
  • Planning Commission
  • Rezoning Requests
  • Sign Regulations
  • Tourism Committee
  • Zoning Code
  • Zoning Districts

Effective July 1, 2016, the city is currently following:

  • 2015 International Residential Code (with modifications)
  • 2015 International Building Code (with modifications)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code (with modifications)
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (with modifications)
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (with modifications)
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2017 International Code Council (ICC) American National Standard Institute (ANSI) A1117.1
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

CODE OF ORDINANCES, APPENDIX A - ZONING CODE (PDF)

ADDITIONAL PDF DOCUMENTS

BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COMMITTEE

The city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee works to solve issues and enhance the bicycle and pedestiran experience within Myrtle Beach.  The group also creates and provides educational materials as well as leadership to preserve public safety.

COMMUNITY APPEARANCE BOARD DOCUMENTS

The Community Appearance Board reviews signs, commercial buildings and oceanfront residential construction plans.  The following submittal schedule, applications and processes apply.

TREE PROTECTION ORDINANCE

Tree-cutting permits also are available.  Contact Charles Rowe for Tree and Landscaping questions at 843-918-1179.

The city's Board of Zoning Appeals hears appeals from zoning decisions and considers requests for variances from zoning regulations.  The following forms are available.  Please be sure to read the application instructions.  For more information, contact the Zoning Administrator at 843-918-1167.

You may wish to visit our Guide to Starting and Relocating Businesses for specific information about starting, relocating or expanding a business in the City of Myrtle Beach.

ANNEXATION GUIDE

An annexation guide also is available for nearby property owners who wish to consider bringing their land into the city limits.  It explains the methods and benefits of annexation and provides additional contact information. 

10 YEAR COLLABORATIVE PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS IN HORRY COUNTY

In September 2010, the publication 10 Year Collaborative Plan to End Homelessness in Horry County (PDF) was created.  This plan is a product of Home Alliance, Inc., with support from the cities of Myrtle Beach and Conway and Horry County government.  The plan examines the needs and resources of the county in seeking solutions to homelessness.