Planning & Development Services


The Planning and Development Services Department oversees the land use planning, building and environmental compliance functions of the County. This Department is responsible for implementing and enforcing building and code regulations, issuing building and land disturbance permits, updating and implementing the County's Comprehensive Plan "York Forward 2035", enforcing County Zoning, Nuisance, and Subdivision Codes, and administering the County's stormwater management and floodplain ordinances. 


  • Coordinate, oversee, and administer the implementation of the York County Comprehensive Plan;
  • Supervise and coordinate the enforcement of the International Codes series, Zoning Ordinance, Stormwater Management and Sediment Control Ordinance and Subdivision Code;
  • Serve as staff liaison to the York County Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission, York County Forever, and the Building Board of Appeals;
  • Schedule, advertise, and facilitate various community meetings, public hearings, and presentations;
  • Issue residential and commercial building permits and perform building inspections;
  • Investigate Code Enforcement complaints;
  • Perform inspections of active construction sites for compliance with erosion and sediment control ordinances and laws;
  • Perform post-construction monitoring for best management practices;
  • Review and approve construction plans, final plats, asbuilts, commercial site plans, Traffic Impact Analyses, home occupation permits, and minor subdivisions plats;
  • Review and administer rezoning, preliminary plat, special exceptions, and variance applications;
  • Assist the public with inquiries regarding land use and development/building related issues;

Important Notice


Council approved a fee increase September 5, 2017, with an effective date of November 1, 2017, for building permits and grading plans and approved the implementation of fees for TIA reviews, Power Authorization Letters, and Utility Plan Reviews. New rates and fees.

Digital Plan Submittal

York County now offers digital plan submittal and you can access this feature through the Evolve Public website. Hard copies are no longer required, but this Department will continue to accept them. If you need assistance with a digital submittal, please contact Bea McCarter at 803-909-7238. All required documents must be included in your submittal. Updates on the status of your submittal will be available online.