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Planning & Zoning Department

(843) 918-1050

City Services Building
921 North Oak Street

Kenneth May, Director/Zoning Administrator

Planning Personnel
Kelly Mezzapelle, Senior Planner
Allison Hardin, City Planner
Carol Coleman, Senior Planner
Eileen Flynn, Planning Technician

Zoning Personnel
Charles Rowe, Chief Code Enforcement Officer
Josh Whitney, Arborist & Code Enforcement Officer
Matthew BrooksCode Enforcement Officer
Ron Gary,  Code Enforcement Officer
James Hill,  Code Enforcement Officer
Manny Armijo-Hernandez,  Code Enforcement Officer

OVERVIEW

The Planning & Zoning Department formulates plans, policies, programs and ordinances that provide that provide guidance for the physical, social and economic growth and development for Myrtle Beach.  The department works closely with the Construction Services Department and enforces city laws pertaining to zoning, signs, tree protection, lighting, fencing, encroachments, overall development requirements more.  

To report a service request, see the Customer Request Center webpage.  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
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Coastal Development Management
  • Climate Adaptation Planning
  • Community Appearance Board
  • Community Resilience Planning
  • Cultural Arts Advisory Committee
  • Dimensional Requirements for Development
  • Disaster Preparedness Planning
  • Floodplain Management
  • Landscaping and Tree Protection 
  • Planned Unit Development (PUD)
  • Planning Commission
  • Recovery Planning
  • Rezoning Requests
  • Sign Regulations
  • Street Names and Addressing
  • Subdivision of Land
  • Tourism Committee
  • Zoning Code
  • Zoning Districts

APPLICATIONS, DOCUMENTS & FORMS

All Planning & Zoning Department applications, documents and forms are available in the Documents Center

CITY-FOLLOWED CODES

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)

ANNEXATION & CITY LIMITS MAP

An annexation guide 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.  All related applications, documents and forms are available in the Documents Center in the "Annexation" Folder.  

Click here to view the current Zoning and City Limits Map.

BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COMMITTEE

The city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee works to solve issues and enhance the bicycle and pedestrian experience within Myrtle Beach.  The group also creates and provides educational materials as well as leadership to preserve public safety.  To learn more and see a map of trails, visit the Bicycle Map & Routes webpage.  To see a list of board members, visit the Boards, Commissions & Committees webpage.  To download the Bicycle Safety Poster and Brochures, or to view the city's Bicycle Facilites Map, visit the Bicycle Map & Brochures webpage.

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

The city's Board of Zoning Appeals hears appeals from zoning decisions and considers requests for variances from zoning regulations.  All related applications, documents and forms are available in the Documents Center in the "Zoning and Board of Zoning Appeals" folder.  Please be sure to read the application instructions.  For more information, call 843-918-1167.  To see a list of board members, visit the Boards, Commissions & Committees webpage.

COMMUNITY APPEARANCE BOARD

The Community Appearance Board reviews signs, commercial buildings and oceanfront residential construction plans.  All related applications, documents and forms are available in the Documents Center in the "Community Appearance Board" Folder.  To see a list of board members, visit the Boards, Commissions & Committees webpage.

PLANNING COMMISSION

The Planning Commission serves Myrtle Beach City Council as an advisory board to planning and growth of the City of Myrtle Beach.  To see a list of board members, visit the Boards, Commissions & Committees webpage.

TREE PROTECTION ORDINANCE

Tree-cutting permits, information and forms are available in the Documents Center in the "Tree Protection" Folder.  Contact Josh Whitney for Tree and Landscaping questions at 843-918-1173.

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.