Zoning in Spartanburg County

Spartanburg County is currently operating under two zoning ordinances—the Performance Zoning Ordinance in the Southwest Planning Area and the Unified Land Management Ordinance in the remainder of the County.  The sign regulations located in the Performance Zoning Ordinance apply to the entire unincorporated area of the County, as do the non-residential architectural design standards (only on Arterial and Collector streets throughout the County’s jurisdiction).  There are several Appearance Corridors that have been assigned across the County, and these are found in the Performance Zoning Ordinance, as well.

Neither ordinance assigns zoning classifications (such as residential, commercial, etc.) at the parcel level as do most traditional (or Euclidean) zoning ordinances.  The following maps show the areas where each ordinance is in effect.

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Helpful Information and Zoning Links       

To request a Zoning Verification Letter, complete the form below and email the request to plandept@spartanburgcounty.org.

Zoning Verification Letter Request

To obtain information under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, visit the Spartanburg County Freedom of Information Act web page. 


Unified Land Management Ordinance

Printable Forms:

ULMO Information:

  • Table 2 (Information Required to Support Application)
  • Table 3b (Setbacks and Other Requirements)

Other pertinent information:

Public Works Department - Development Services / Storm Water Review 

Building Codes

Permit fees will vary depending on your project.  Contact the appropriate department for specific information or go online to find that department’s information.

A licensed general contractor may be required in accordance with State Law.

The Certificate of Occupancy will be issued once ALL final approvals are completed by applicable county departments.

Properties located within municipalities are not subject to site plan review by the Spartanburg County Planning and Development Department.