Planning & Development Services

COVID-19 Update: On a temporary basis, all in-person business with the Planning & Development Services Department is by appointment only. Online submissions and assistance by phone are highly encouraged. If you would like to schedule an appointment with staff to meet in our location at 18 W. Liberty Street in York, call 803-909-7200.


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;


Policy Regarding Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) During Changing Traffic Patterns Related to COVID-19 

Most recent Ordinances changes in Planning & Development - May not be on American Legal yet

FORT MILL IMPACT FEE implementation 

Council approved Third Reading of the Fort Mill School District Impact Fee Ordinance at their July 16, 2018, meeting. The impact fee for new residential construction, including mobile homes, located within the Fort Mill School District boundary is $18,158.00 per single family dwelling and $12,020.00 per multi-family unit.

If you did not submit a building permit application and receive approval prior to 5:00 p.m. on July 16, 2018, you are responsible for the new impact fee. For new residential building permits approved prior to this date and time, the impact fee is $2,500.

You must pay impact fees prior to receiving your building permit. Payments are made at the Planning and Development Services office located at 1070 Heckle Blvd., Ste. 107, Rock Hill, even if your project is located within the city limits of Tega Cay or town limits of Fort Mill. The County does not accept credit card payment for impact fees.

Please note, residential building permits are valid for six months from the date of approval. If you do not have at least one inspection within this six month period, your permit will automatically expire. If the permit was issued prior to the new impact fee being implemented, you will be responsible for paying the new impact fee upon renewing your permit.

Impact Fee Application Form