Planning & Development

​The Planning and Development Department includes the Building Inspections and Planning and Engineering Divisions.

Information on specific parcels of land, zoning information, and maps is available for review in the Planning office. For more information on the duties and responsibilities of The Planning and Development Department, click on the links to the left.

Development Codes Technical Evaluation

In an effort to better meet the land use needs of the Town’s residents and businesses, and in anticipation of changes related to recent work on the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, the Town anticipates updating Title XV of the Town Code over the course of the next year or two, with the primary focus of the update being on the Land Development and Zoning chapters.

As a precursor to a comprehensive code update, White & Smith, LLC, a local planning and law firm, has completed an assessment – or a “diagnostic” – of the Town’s current zoning and land development regulations. The results of that effort are compiled in the draft “Development Codes Technical Evaluation,” dated July 10, 2020, available here.

Emergency Ordinance Issued to Allow for Outdoor Dining & Retail Operations

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Town Council approved an emergency ordinance to allow for the temporary suspension of regulations regarding outdoor dining and retail operations. The ordinance allows businesses to reopen or continue operating without undue hardship. Specifically, it temporarily suspended Town regulations related to prior approval of outdoor dining and retail services in order to allow display, storage, or sale of merchandise as well as the sale, service and consumption of food or drinks, including alcoholic beverages, in outdoor areas on private property. The emergency ordinance comes after Governor Henry McMaster permitted outdoor dining through his updated Emergency Order on May 4.

In order to facilitate the businesses’ outdoor operations, all business owners are required to submit their new operations plan through a new online mapping registration system. Town staff will review all submitted details to ensure compliance with other ordinances such as accessibility and then publish the results to a public facing map. All business owners are encouraged to review other stated requirements specific to their business from South Carolina Department of Revenue, SCDHEC, and the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association for additional information related to phased re-openings.

For any questions regarding outdoor operations, business owners are encouraged to contact the Town Planning Department at

Short Term Rental Ordinance effective January 1, 2020

Beginning January 1, 2020, the Town of Mount Pleasant implemented regulations regarding the use of residential dwelling units as short term rentals.  Residents who plan to use residential homes, accessory dwellings, or portions of their homes as short term rentals are required to have a short term rental permit and a business license.  

More information is provided on our short term rental webpage


Projects and Applications


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Are you looking for information on a particular project or an application that was submitted to one of our boards and Commissions?  The Projects and Applications map shows where each project is located.  Clicking on a colored pin provides hyperlinked information on that project such as the application, site plan, etc.

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The Mount Pleasant Planning Department works with local citizens and businesses every day. Sometimes, a citizen has a question about what the rules are for building a fence, or wants to know what the  yellow sign means on his neighbor’s property.  Other times, a contractor needs help securing a building permit or needs guidance through the design review process. Town staff works hard to answer each request accurately, professionally, and efficiently.  Sometimes, however, it is hard to gauge just “how are we doing?”


If you have contacted the Planning Department at any time in the last six (6) months (give or take), we would appreciate your taking a VERY short survey to help us answer that question. This survey is intended for anyone who has had business with either of the department’s divisions (Planning & Engineering or Building Inspections). We appreciate your feedback, as we hope to continually improve our customer service.  This survey will be open for the foreseeable future, so whenever you contact us in the future, we hope you will return to share your thoughts on these visits, as well.


A link to the survey is located at the top left of this page (department listing) or you can access it directly below. 

Planning Department survey