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Planning & Zoning Department

Kenneth May, Director, 843-918-1167
Heidi Soos, Administrative Assistant and CAB Coordinator, 843-918-1081

Planning Division Staff

  • Kelly Mezzapelle, Senior Planner, 843-918-1073 – Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, Comprehensive Plan and Planning Applications/Services
  • Eileen Flynn, Planner, 843-918-1063 – Planning Commission and Planning Applications/Services
  • Tammy Kinsley, Planner, 843-918-1059 – Beach Management Plan
  • Lauren Hunt, Planning Technician, 843-918-1075 – Addressing and Street Names

Zoning Division Staff

  • Charles Rowe, Zoning Administrator, 843-918-1179
  • Matthew Brooks, Chief Code Enforcement Officer, 843-918-1166 – Overall Zoning Compliance, Signage, Awnings and Lighting Permits 
  • Chris Ballatore, Arborist and Code Enforcement Officer, 843-918-1182 – Code Compliance, Landscaping and Tree Protection
  • Ron Gary, Code Enforcement Officer, 843-918-1198 – Code Compliance, Encroachments and Abandoned Vehicles on Private Property
  • Manny Armijo Hernandez, Code Enforcement Officer, 843-918-1181 – Ocean Boulevard and Downtown Code Compliance

OVERVIEW

The Planning & Zoning Department formulates plans, policies, programs and ordinances 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.  

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 
  • Property Owners Agreement Signature Form
  • 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 January 1, 2020, the city is currently following:

  • 2018 International Residential Code (with modifications)
  • 2018 International Building Code (with modifications)
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code (with modifications)
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code (with modifications)
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code (with modifications)
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2018 International Code Council (ICC) American National Standard Institute (ANSI) A1117.1
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

CITY OF MYRTLE BEACH ZONING CODE

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.  

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 Facilities 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.  For more information regarding trees and landscaping, call 843-918-1173.

ZONING & SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Is your home or neighborhood in the City of Myrtle Beach zoned for short-term rentals?  That question comes up regularly, especially when people are looking to buy new property.  Zoning determines the answer to this question. 
Most traditional residential neighborhoods in the City of Myrtle Beach are NOT zoned for short-term rentals.  “Short-term” means any rental of less than 90 days.  And, if you are renting a property, you need a business license!

City-wide, fewer than 30 houses in traditional residential zones are grandfathered for short-term rentals, having consistently been used for that purpose since prior to the existing zoning.  If it’s not already in a zone that allows for short-term rentals, it cannot be converted to or approved for that use.  Violations of the zoning code and the business license ordinance are misdemeanors, with fines of up to $500 and/or 30 days upon conviction.

Any zoning district that begins with R (for residential) does not allow short-term rentals, with the exception of the RMV zone (Residential Multifamily Visitor).  So, what zones do allow short-term rentals?  See the map below of zones where rentals of less than 90 days are allowed.

For more information, review the City of Myrtle Beach Zoning Code (see "City of Myrtle Beach Zoning Code" heading on this webpage) and look at the permitted use table under “visitor accommodations.”  For additional questions or to inquire about a specific property which isn’t in an R-labeled district, call Zoning staff at 843-918-1179.

Zoning Map