The Building and Zoning Department provides information and instruction to citizens, builders, and developers within the City.

The Department coordinates Zoning, Building/Construction Permits, Building Inspections, Code Enforcement, GIS, and E911 Addressing information for the City. Department personnel coordinate review and approval of all land development and building construction projects within the City. Department responsibilities include enforcement of the City’s zoning, subdivision, building, property maintenance codes, and processing requests for new water and sewer service.

Staff also provides support to various City Boards and Commissions related to appeals, zoning, etc.


For more information, click on the links above.

CITY HOTLINE 803-283-2489

Planning to start a new business?

  • When a location is determined, verify proper zoning through department personnel.
  • With zoning approval for existing buildings, complete a Zoning and Inspection Occupancy Permit Application.  Fees are applicable.
  • Once the application receives zoning approval, it will be forwarded to the Fire Department where an inspection can be set up between you and the Fire Marshal. This inspection will determine the safety of the building prior to occupancy. If repairs or remodeling is warranted, a building permit may be required.
  • When the inspection has been completed and the Fire Marshal has approved occupancy, complete a New Business License Application. Based on estimated gross receipts and upon calculation and fee payment, a business license can be issued.
  • If a business sign is desired, complete a Sign Permit Application and return for approval. Fees are applicable.

Planning to build/remodel?

The Building and Zoning Department will provide information and instructions to citizens, builders, and developers within the City.

No matter the extent of your project, be sure to call the Building, and Zoning Department to verify if your project will require a building permit. If a permit is required, the first step is completing a Building Permit Application. The complexity of the project determines the review time needed and plans to be submitted.

Who needs a building permit?

Any person, firm, business, or corporation planning to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, convert, or demolish any building or structure within the corporate limits of Lancaster.

Common Projects Requiring a Building Permit

  • Grading
  • New construction
  • Room additions or expansions
  • Structural repairs, remodeling, vinyl siding installation, re-roofing, and alterations
  • Accessory structures such as sheds, gazebos, decks, patio slabs, swimming pools, etc.
  • Carports and detached garages
  • Fences over 6′ in height
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Window Replacement
  • Reroofing


Other Types of Permits Required

  • Electrical
    • Electrical installations (permanent and temporary)
    • Low voltage (commercial security systems)
  • Plumbing
    • Water systems
    • Sewer systems
    • Irrigation systems
    • Cross connection control
  • Mechanical
    • Air conditioning equipment
    • Heating equipment
    • Boilers
    • Combustion and ventilation air
    • Chimneys and vents
    • Ventilation and Exhaust systems
    • Solar energy utilization
    • Refrigeration
    • Ducts and duct systems
    • Incinerators
    • Insulation
  • Gas
    • Piping installation (air test required on all gas line work)
    • Venting
    • Heating Equipment


The City of Lancaster requires electrical, plumbing, gas, and mechanical contractors to possess a Master Qualification Card (purchased through the Building and Zoning Department), City of Lancaster business license, and a South Carolina Contractor’s License or certification through the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

During “New Construction” process.

The City of Lancaster requires contractors to comply with South Carolina State License Regulations for residential work. General Contractor certification is required when the total value of non-residential work exceeds $5,000. All contractors and sub-contractors must possess a current City of Lancaster business license. In addition to a building permit, other permits (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, gas) may be required. Also, your project may require the submission of a sketch or professional drawing. All plans submitted require a plan review. Plan reviews normally take 3 – 10 business days, depending on the complexity of the project.

Verification of Zoning

The City of Lancaster has eleven (11) zoning classifications. Verifying zoning prior to building, or even purchasing property, is very important. For your convenience, a City zoning map may be purchased in the Building and Zoning Department for a fee. Maps for reference use are available at no charge.

Official Zoning Map