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A State Law requires the appointment of a County Transportation Committee. This committee reviews priorities recommended by the County Department of Public Works and the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Maintenance Engineer. The priorities will include county, municipal, and state roads, and will also include paving, rocking, and resurfacing projects.
Call the Georgetown County Department of Public Works at 843-545-3438 and request a "C" Fund Petition. The petition will be mailed to you to complete and return to the Georgetown County Department of Public Works:2236 Browns Ferry RoadP.O. Drawer 421270Georgetown, SC 29442
Every property owner on the road must agree that:
Unless property owners agree to give rights-of-way, the road may not be considered.
Petitions may be submitted at any time during the year. Petitions submitted after April 1st of each year will be held for the following year.
Property owners, city/town/ county governments, South Carolina Department of Transportation, and the Legislative Delegation. The "C" Fund Program exists to assist every jurisdiction to improve their public roads.
Yes, there are some conditions. The road must be a public road, publicly maintained by the state, county, or a city. It must connect to an existing publicly maintained road, and finally, the road should not possess any unusual features that could cause construction to be abnormal.
Before a contract to improve can be awarded, engineering design work must be done, rights-of-way signed by every property owner, and if needed the formal bids taken on the project. Generally this process takes two years to complete for a paved road and less than one year for a dirt road to be rocked. Remember that weather conditions play a big part in project completion.
Although $1,100,000 is a substantial amount of money, it costs over $650,000 to pave one mile of roadway, or $20,000 to rock one mile. There are 269 miles of dirt roads in Georgetown County and there is no question that everyone wants to live on an improved road. Even though the "C" Fund Program was established to improve roads, such funds have also been used for resurfacing paved roads, constructing sidewalks, and installing traffic signals, which are important, but limits even further the actual amount available for road improvements.
The georgetown county department of public works at 843-545-3438.
The 4% assessment would only apply to the portion of the property used as your residence. The 6% ratio would apply to the remainder of the property.
Applications are available in the Assessor’s Office. Applications must be completed by January 15 in the year following the purchase.
To appeal an appraisal, the property owner must write the Assessor’s Office. In an appeal, the Assessor’s Office schedules a hearing between the property owner and the Assessor or staff appraiser to discuss reasons for the appeal. After the hearing, the Assessor’s Office sends the property owner a letter describing decisions and appraisal changes.
If the property owner has any further objections, they must write their objections and send them to the Board of Assessment Appeals within 30 days. The Board then schedules a hearing and notifies the property owner in writing of the results. If still aggrieved, the property owner may file an appeal with the Administrative Law Judge Division in Columbia. To appeal a "Notice of Change of Classification Appraisal and Assessment," the property owner must do so within 90 days of the date of the notice to appeal.
Please bring your current registration from your previous state of residence if you have a lien on the vehicle. If you own the vehicle, bring the title with you. If the vehicle is leased, bring a copy of the lease and power of attorney from the leasing company with you.
Please make note of your odometer reading. We will check for high mileage credit.
We will generate a tax notice for you to pay. You will then take the paid tax receipt to the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office along with your paperwork to receive a South Carolina license plate. Annually, you will receive a tax notice.
If you purchased the vehicle through a dealer, you need to know if the dealer is securing a license plate for you from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If they are, they will submit an affidavit of your purchase to the DMV and we will generate a tax notice from this information and mail a notice to you that is due within 120 days of your purchase.
If the dealer is not purchasing your plate, you will need to bring a copy of the bill of sale with the lien holder recorded on it or a title (if the vehicle has no lien) in order for the auditor to produce a tax notice. You would then take your tax receipt along with the other required documents (including proof of vehicle insurance) to complete the registration process and secure a plate at the DMV.
If you are transferring license plates from one vehicle you own to the new vehicle, bring in the registration for the vehicle to which the plate was transferred.
When moving from county to county in the state of South Carolina, you should make sure that you change your address on your driver’s licenses and the registration of every vehicle you own. Keep in mind that we receive Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records a few months in advance to prepare vehicle renewals on a monthly basis; so you might receive a bill from your previous county. If you do, bring in the bill from the previous county before the end of the month of expiration to have a tax notice prepared. If you do not receive a bill from the previous county, bring in your last registration card and we can produce a bill for you. Then you will need to take the paid tax receipt to DMV to receive your decal.
Vehicle values will be obtained through valuations provided by the state. Visit the Department of Revenue website for more information.
Please do not ask us to change the owner’s name or address. You may access the DMV website, to do so.
Both the Georgetown County Council and the state legislature have given a way in which you may get a tax reduction provided the following:
If you believe you qualify on all of the requirements mentioned, we will send you an application for the reduced tax ratio. You can apply for 6% as a second home or 4% if you live on the boat/camper and have asked the assessor for legal residence in Georgetown County if you live aboard.
Each April, businesses are to file a business personal property return with either the state or the county, depending on your business type. You may have received an estimated bill from either this office or the South Carolina Department of Revenue. If you are in the service industry and did not file a Business Personal Property return with us or if you have a retail sales license and did not file with state Department of Revenue, you were taxed based on an estimated assessed value. You will have to file an amended return in order to get the tax bill reduced.
As the flyer in your tax notice states, you can make advance payments toward your real estate taxes if you are eligible. The taxes covered by this would only be for land, buildings or mobile homes. Business, vehicles, boat/motor or taxes paid through an escrow account are not eligible. Those wanting to participate will make five advance payments based on the previous year’s taxes paid. If you need additional information, the Treasurer’s Office can assist. Call the Treasurer’s Office at 843-545-3098.
Contact the Auditor’s Office
You can apply for high mileage on your vehicle by completing the Vehicle High Mileage (PDF) and emailing it or faxing the specific odometer reading to us along with your tax notice. We will then compare with our state Department of Revenue guidelines and determine if you qualify and reply by fax, email, or when you come into our office. Please note that you must apply for the high mileage before paying your vehicle tax. The Auditor’s Office reserves the right to check any odometer reading to verify.
The state legislature passed property tax reform measures which include giving all permanent 4% homeowners credit on all of the school operating taxes, meaning that you are not paying any of the school district’s operating taxes, only the school bonds. In most cases, taxpayers will see a reduction in their notices. It depends on the value of the property and the tax district in which you live. This credit is not applied on the tax bills of business or personal property, or 6% property owners (land, second homeowners). This credit does not appear on your vehicle, boat or other personal property notices.
This fee was approved by County Council to meet federal guideline requirements for addressing stormwater issues and has been placed on the tax notices of some property owners in the county (excluding Georgetown City, Town of Andrews, and the Town of Pawleys Island). If you have any other questions about the fee on your bill, please call the Stormwater Engineering Department at 843-545-3524.
There is a cap based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) and a population growth figure, effective the 2007 tax year. The taxing entities are to stay within these caps.
The assessor’s office would be better prepared to answer your questions on that question about values versus taxes. You can call the assessor’s office at 843-545-3014.
The household fee covers the cost of disposal and solid waste at the Georgetown County Landfill. Each residential household is charged $44 per year, which is paid in advance via your taxes, in lieu of charging a "tipping" or disposal fee each time your trash is disposed of at the landfill. If you need more information, contact the county’s Environmental Services Office.
The Household Fee is charged to all residential properties. It covers the services the County provides, such as recycling convenience centers and the landfill. If your HOA elects to provide additional services to your community, such as curbside service or a dumpster in your community or complex, this is an additional service provided by your HOA and is distinct from the Household Fee.
The landfill fee covers the cost of disposal of solid waste at the Georgetown County Landfill for non-residential properties. For more information, please contact the county’s Environmental Services Division.
This fee is charged to commercial garbage generators in the City of Georgetown, and Towns of Andrews and Pawleys Island at a rate of $22 per can per pickup. The fee covers the cost of disposal of solid waste at the Georgetown County Landfill, in lieu of charging a "tipping" or disposal fee each time commercial garbage is picked up by municipal haulers and disposed of at the landfill. If commercial businesses pay private haulers to pick up commercial waste, the private hauler pays the tipping fee and generally includes this in their pricing. For more information, the county’s Environmental Services Division.
Contact the Assessor who would have the applicable forms.
Please pick up and fill out an appeal form from the auditor’s office.
In the unincorporated areas of Georgetown County, there is no permit required. However, these are public beaches, all beach regulations apply. It is unlawful to use any beach access for any type of gathering.
Fires on the beach are allowed in unincorporated areas. However some communities restrict open burning and you should contact those communities before you decide to burn. In the unincorporated areas of Georgetown County, we ask that you follow these guidelines for fires on the beach:
Following these simple instructions will ensure that you, your family, and your friends have an uneventful and enjoyable time on the beach.
Many areas of Georgetown County’s beaches are included in "fireworks free zones." If in doubt contact the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at 843-546-5102 to check your area. Also note that debris produced from fireworks is considered litter. Those shooting fireworks are responsible for cleanup and removal from public beaches.
Please notify Georgetown County Parks and Recreation at 843-545-3532.
Sleeping on public beaches in Georgetown County is prohibited between midnight and sunrise.
Baiting or fishing at any time from public beaches in such a manner as to create an unsafe condition or hazard to bathers, swimmers, surfers and others in the water along public beaches shall be unlawful. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) regulates fishing. License requirements vary. Contact SCDNR for up-to-date information concerning these requirements.
Beach access parking is permitted only during the hours these accesses are open. No overnight parking is permitted.
Complete the contractor registration application (PDF). The application must be signed by the qualifier for the state contractor’s license. A copy of your state contractor’s license issued by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) is required. Either mail these in with your payment or bring them to our office to obtain a county contractor registration number.
For residential building permits, there are five different types of fees collected. They are as follows:
For commercial building permit fees, there are five different types of fees collected. They are as follows:
Complete a mobile home permit application (PDF). Submit this to the Building Department Your application will be entered into the computer. You will then need to take the application to the Zoning Department for approval. In addition, proof of water and sewer will need to be submitted. If you are on septic tank, a copy of the septic tank permit from DHEC will need to be submitted. If on public water and/or sewer, the receipt showing fees have been paid needs to be submitted. Once the application is approved by Zoning, you will be given the approved site permit to take to the Assessor’s Office and get the home registered with the county and obtain a sticker. Bring this back to the Building Department and pay the permit fees.
There is a $100 mobile home permit fee, and a fire impact fee which is 4/10 of 1% (.004) of the value of the home if the home is located in the County or Midway Fire Department areas. The Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department fire impact fee rate is 1% of the value of the home. Mobile homes are now exempt from library, recreation, transportation and law enforcement impact fees.
You will need to complete the mobile home retirement of title permit application (PDF). Submit the application along with payment of $50 to the Building Department. We will send an inspector out to check the home to see that it is set up as a permanent dwelling (tongue, axle and wheels have been removed). Once the inspection has been approved, a certificate of occupancy will be issued which you take to the Register of Deeds office to complete the process of retiring the mobile home title.
Paid staff and volunteers provide a variety of programs and services to seniors.
Community input meetings are held during the course of project planning and implementation. This is an iterative process, whereby the plans and objectives are fine tuned to provide for each community base.
Funding comes from many sources. Two of the major funding sources are the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, and the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
Each county project has a project manager who is on site regularly during construction and is the point of contact for any issue during construction. You can determine the project manager by calling the Public Works and Construction Services main number: (843) 545-3438.
Stormwater and roads project priorities are evaluated and ranked based on separate, established industry metrics. Projects advance on the priority list as other projects are completed.
First, a project has to be funded in order for it to be implemented. Each project has different design and permitting requirements; however, it takes at least 1 year to survey, design, and permit. Additional time is necessary to obtain any required easements. Construction time periods vary, but typically range from 6 months to 2 years. As a general guideline, it typically takes 3 years for a project cycle (design through construction) to be complete.
Passport applications are available at the Georgetown Post Office, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. Call 843-546-5515 for inquiries.
Notary Public applications are available through the Legislative Delegation Office in the historic Georgetown County Courthouse, located at:129 Screven StreetGeorgetown, SC 29442
There is an application fee of $25. Once an applicant completes the form and returns the form to the Delegation Office, the form is then notarized and sent to Columbia. Once the applicant receives the commission, he or she must bring it to the Clerk of Court for recordation. This requires a $10 filing fee. Call 843-545-3029 for inquires.
The Solicitor’s Office schedules criminal cases for trial. Contact the Solicitor’s office at 843-545-3169.
The Clerk of Court’s office cannot give legal advice. Persons seeking advice or acting as their own attorney should consult the most recent edition of South Carolina Rules of Court and follow the Rules of Civil Procedure.
If you are financially unable to obtain adequate legal representation and you are a defendant in a criminal case, you can apply for a public defender. Staff presents to you upon arrival at the Georgetown County Detention Center or the City of Georgetown Police Department, an application determining whether or not you qualify for a public defender. In the event you do not apply at the County Detention Center or the City Police Department, call the Public Defender’s office 843-545-3671 to apply for legal counsel. Applications require a $40 non-refundable fee before processing and is only waived or reduced by the proper authorities under certain circumstances.
All documents filed with the court are public records and are available through the Clerk’s office. Sometimes sealed by special court order, and sometimes sealed and confidential by operation of law, such as adoptions, abuse and neglect and criminal files relating to juveniles, availability of documents vary. If your criminal case is pending with the Clerk’s office but should be dismissed, please contact the Solicitor’s office in Georgetown County at 843-545-3169. The South Carolina Department of Social Services on June 3, 2019, officially implemented the "Federally Mandated" State Disbursement Unit (SDU) in Georgetown County. Obligors currently making support payments to the Georgetown County Clerk of Court’s office will make payments to the South Carolina State Disbursement Unit and mailed to:South Carolina State Disbursement UnitP.O. Box 100302Columbia, SC 29202
Please note: Obligors will only make PURGE payments to the Georgetown County Clerk of Court’s office. These are payments ordered if an Obligor appears before a Family Court Judge due to him/her being delinquent on the child/spousal support account, or a Bench Warrant was ordered for their arrest.
Do not send PURGE payments to the SDU.
If you have questions about when and how to make payments to the State Disbursement Unit, please contact the SDU customer service center at 800-768-5858. Agents are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, excluding holidays.
If you have an attorney, you should contact your attorney to learn the status of your case. If you do not have an attorney, you may contact the Solicitor’s office at 843-545-3169. When calling to inquire about your case, if you provide the indictment or warrant number for the case, the Clerk’s office may answer your questions. Without an indictment or warrant number, you or your designee must visit the office and conduct your own research. For Family Court Child/Spousal Support inquiries, please call the South Carolina State Disbursement at 800-768-5858.
All records filed in the Clerk’s office are public information with the exception of cases sealed by Order of the Court. The fee for file copies is 25 cents per page and $1 for each certified copy. If your case was heard in Magistrate Court / Municipal Court you need to contact that specific Magistrate Court or Municipal (City) Court.
To obtain a criminal record report, contact the arresting agency in the county where the arrest took place. The Clerk of Court’s office does not perform criminal background checks. You or your designee may visit the office during regular office hours and complete this research.
Expunged is a process destroying or sealing the records of a criminal conviction. This includes records in files, on computer, or in any other depositories. Once expunged, it is as if the criminal case never existed.
Contact the Georgetown County Solicitor’s office at 843-545-3169.
The Solicitor’s Office initiates this process. Contact the Solicitor’s office at 843-545-3169.
A pro se litigant is one who acts on his own behalf, someone who represents himself or herself without a lawyer. Although not recommended, each party in a legal case has the right to appear pro se. Should you decide to represent yourself, please be mindful of the following things:
The Administrator’s Office:
The Assessor’s Office can answer questions concerning county property assessments. The office is located at:129 Screven StreetRoom 106Georgetown, SC 29440
Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, located at:333 Cleland StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
After hours response is to emergency calls only. For more information on animal control issues, visit the Animal Control page.
Georgetown County does not require business licenses. Contact individual municipalities for information on whether a business license is required within city/town limits. The county does have a Local Accommodation/Hospitality Tax. For more information about that, call 843-545-3065 or visit the Finance section.
Contact the Georgetown County Building Department at 843-545-3116 or visit our office at:129 Screven StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
For more information on permits, visit the Building Department page.
For more information on how to register as a contractor, visit the Building Department page.
Probate Court, located in the Georgetown County Judicial Center at:401 Cleland StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
For more information, visit the Probate page.
County Council holds regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm (with a few exceptions as outlined in the meeting schedule above). Meetings are normally held in County Council Chambers, which is located on the second floor of the old Georgetown County Courthouse. However, to better allow for social distancing, meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic are taking place at Howard Auditorium, located at:1610 Hawkins StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
Deviations from the regular meeting schedule are announced in the local media and on this website. All meetings are open to the public.
Georgetown County Council welcomes anyone interested in applying for a position on a county board or commission to mail a completed application (PDF) to:Theresa E FloydGeorgetown County Clerk to Council716 Prince StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
If you are unable to download the application form, please call 843-545-3058, or request an application by email to Theresa Floyd.
Your call is answered by a trained telecommunicator assigned to gather your information, initiate an appropriate response and provide instructions on how you can help before the ambulance arrives. The call will last approximately two minutes or until the ambulance arrives.
In Georgetown County, an ambulance is staffed by a certified paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In some cases, where additional assistance is needed, "first responders" from Georgetown County Fire/EMS who have medical training will also respond.
Most of the firefighters that work on an engine are also cross trained as EMTs. We send a fire engine to provide initial patient care until the ambulance arrives on scene.
Georgetown County Fire/EMS does not charge when a fire truck comes to your house. However, when an ambulance responds to a call and the crew member provide patient care and transports a patient to the hospital, the patient will receive a bill for the care he or she received.
Contact the office at the fire station in your area. We will be more than happy to perform a free home inspection, or install smoke detectors or fire extinguishers in your home also.
After the judgment is filed, the Clerk’s office will issue an execution form that must be signed with the Clerk of Court or a Deputy Clerk’s signature and sealed. You must file the original execution with the Sheriff’s office including the filing fee of $25.
Parties instituting a civil action in Circuit Court are required to pay a $150 filing fee for most civil actions, and $10 for the filing a Lis Pendens without a Summons and Complaint. The court charges a $1 filing fee to cancel a Lis Pendens. (A Lis Pendens is an instrument filed with a Summons and Complaint or before a Summons to put the community on notice that certain property is or may be subject to litigation.)
When the Magistrate grants an Order of Judgment, you will need to get a Transcript of Judgment to file in the Clerk of Court’s office. There is a $35 filing fee.
When filing a Foreign Judgment, you must file an affidavit stating that the judgment is final, uncontested, unsatisfied in whole or in part, the amount of the remaining balance should be stated also. A certified sealed copy of the Judgment and a sealed Exemplification of the Clerk of Court and the Presiding Judge, are required. The filing fee is $100.
In order to file Transcript of Judgment, the county which filed the judgment must sign and seal the transcript. Then, forward the transcript to the Clerk of Court’s office.
No. Small Claims cases are filed in one of the six Magistrates’ (Summary) Courts in Georgetown County.
When matters in the amount or value of property in dispute of less than $7,500, the Magistrate Court files and hears the case. When the amount or value of property is more than $7,500, the Court of Common Pleas files and hears the case.
The Master-in-Equity Court provides a relatively quick and inexperience means of litigation resolution for civil, non-jury matters. However, parties may not initiate action in the Master’s Court. The Court of Common Pleas through an Order of Reference is the only way a case comes before the Master-in-Equity. The Master’s Court hears most foreclosure cases, and a sizable number of other civil, non-jury cases such as land partitions, judicial sales, and actions to collect judgments. Any case, which could otherwise be heard in the Court of Common Pleas without a jury, can be referred to the Master, and anyone filing a civil case and waives the right to a jury trial can ask to have their case referred to Master-in-Equity Court.
No. The Clerk of Court does not research and give case information to credit bureaus and other companies. While this information is available to the public, companies with an interest in obtaining such information must conduct the research themselves. All of the information is available via public access computer terminals in our offices and via the following links for Public Index Search and Court Docket Search.
Bankruptcy proceedings are an action of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina. For more information, contact the U.S. District Court Clerk’s office at 843-579-1401.
Cases tried or otherwise disposed in the Court of Common Pleas are appealed to the South Carolina State Supreme Court or Court of Appeals and filed with the Clerk of the State Supreme Court or Court of Appeals.
The Court of Common Pleas handles appeals from Magistrates’ Courts, and some administrative agencies. When appealing a civil case, it will be necessary for you to pay a filing fee of $150 at the time you file the appeal. Appeals on civil cases are automatically scheduled as Non-Jury Matters.
The case has to be filed 120 days to be placed on the non-jury roster and 365 days for the jury roster.
In order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. Eligibility and qualifications to register to vote in South Carolina can be found at SCVotes.gov.
In South Carolina, voters do not register by party. During a primary election, voters will be asked, “In which party’s primary would you like to vote in today?” letting the voter choose which party’s ballot they prefer for that particular primary election. In the event of a runoff for a primary election, voters are required to vote for the same party in both the primary and the primary runoff.
For a full list of FAQs, please visit https://www.scvotes.gov/voter-faq.
All emergencies are reported through the county’s "911" system. Make all other reports, such as crimes, at the municipal or county police departments for investigation. When calling "911," your call is answered by a trained telecommunicator assigned to gather your information, initiate an appropriate response, and provide instructions on how you can help before the ambulance arrives. In Georgetown County, you will receive an ambulance with an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/Paramedic and EMT. In those cases where additional manpower is required, the fire department may "first respond" and provide care.
First, a damage assessment team assesses the damage of the affected and evacuated area. This team consists mainly of public safety personnel.
If only minor damage exists specifically to utilities such as power, water and sewer, and roadways, county officials make the decision for the time for re-entry.
If major damage occurred to buildings, utilities or roadways, the county provides property owners a time to visit and survey the damage of their property. To gain access to their property, owners must have a copy of the property title, or a tax receipt, or utility bill bearing the address of the property, and picture identification. A driver’s license showing a physical address is acceptable. Once utility companies restore damages and it is safe for entry, County Officials notify property owners that they may return to their property.
When the Governor orders an evacuation, it is required that everyone in the designated area leave. The evacuation order carries the force of state law. In addition, once you leave the area, the order prohibits you from returning until the Governor suspends the order.
Each individual and family in the evacuation zone should decide the best place to move to in the event of an evacuation. This may include staying with family or friends, or traveling to a motel outside the evacuation zone. Several local American Red Cross shelters also provide emergency shelter.
While we will do our best to post road closings on our Facebook and Twitter pages, the best resource to follow is 511sc.org. On your smartphone, you can download the 511 South Carolina Traffic app on the App Store or Google Play.
Our agency does not hold the authority to close bridges, and the bridges are not scheduled to close at any specific time. The authority to close bridges, especially the "Georgetown Bridges" linking Georgetown to the Waccamaw Neck, belongs to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
That said, bridges typically do not close in the case of inclement weather. The only time bridges will close is if they are structurally damaged or if there is a motor vehicle accident which will necessitate their closure. Otherwise, the bridges will typically remain open, but travel may not be advisable depending upon conditions.
To help ensure your family is ready for any disaster, you should complete our personal preparedness plan (PDF), and make sure you keep it in a safe place with other important documents that you would want to take during an evacuation or other emergency situation. This plan contains vital information about your family.
Residents should check with local businesses regarding whether they carry sand bags and/or sand.
When properly filled and placed, sandbags redirect storm and debris flows away from property improvements.
When the Governor orders an evacuation, it is required that everyone in the designated area leave. Learn more about evacuation and evacuation zones by visiting the Emergency Management page.
Each individual and family in the evacuation zone should decide the best place to which to move in the event of an evacuation. Several local Red Cross shelters also provide emergency shelter. Available shelter locations will be announced by the county in the event of an emergency.
First, a damage assessment team assesses the damage of the affected and evacuated area. This team consists mainly of public safety personnel. Next, if only minor damage exists, specifically to utilities such as power, water, sewer and roadways, county officials make the decision for the time of re-entry. If major damage occurred to buildings, utilities or roadways, the county provides property owners a time to visit and survey the damage to their property. To gain access to their property, owners must have a copy of the property title, or a tax receipt, or utility bill bearing the address of the property, and picture identification. A driver’s license showing a physical address is acceptable. Once utility companies restore damages and it is safe for entry, county officials notify property owners that they may return to their property.
Contact either Facilities Services at 843-545-3328, or Public Works at 843-545-3438.
Maps and directions to key county facilities can be found in our Staff Directory, Facilities and Resource Directory modules.
Effective Monday, June 3, 2019, citizens currently making support payments to the Georgetown County Clerk of Court began making payments to the South Carolina State Disbursement Unit and mailed to:South Carolina State Disbursement UnitP.O. Box 100302Columbia, SC 29202
Note: The State Disbursement Unit will accept personal checks.
If you have questions about when or how to make payments to the State Disbursement Unit, please contact the SDU customer service center at 800-768-5858. Agents are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, excluding holidays.
Get more information for Customers Paying Support and view the options available to make payments.
Note: Payments made to the SDU will be applied according to federal guidelines.
You may come to our office with a picture ID to check on payments, or get a printout. If you are unable to come to the Family Court, please call the State Disbursement Unit at 800-768-5858.
No. Purge payments are specifically court ordered payments that must be made at the Georgetown County Clerk of Court office, at:401 Cleland StreetColumbia, SC 29202
Make sure you tell the clerk that this is a purge payment, or court costs payment.
There could be various reasons:
One files for child support in one of the following ways:
By calling the State Disbursement Unit at 800-768-5858, and you will be given direction as to what is needed.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services provides the following assistance:
If you are seeking a Restraining Order because of an incident of domestic abuse, first contact the Family Justice Center of Georgetown County, 843-546-3926 to initiate the process, which will be filed in Family Court. If you are in immediate distress or danger, please call 911. Domestic Abuse Petitions cover family members and two unmarried parties that have a child together. Restraining Orders are only temporary through the filing of a Domestic Abuse Petition. If you wish to file for a "permanent" Restraining Order, you will need an attorney unless you know and understand the proper procedure.
No, the Family Court office staff are prohibited from giving legal advice, as we are not attorneys.
No, the Family Court office staff is prohibited from referring you to an attorney.
Yes, but Family Court cannot give you any advice as to the law or procedures.
Yes. Copies of the Georgetown County annual budget document are available for public viewing in all Georgetown County public library branches.
The operating budgets for Fiscal Year 2020 totals more than $90.5 million. The fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.
Copies of the Georgetown County financial statements and auditor’s report are available for public viewing in all Georgetown County public library branches, and can be downloaded online.
Submit all to the Finance Department for payment. If your business provides a "service" to the county, a W-9 form must be on file with the finance department before the County will complete any payments.
Please refer to the Georgetown County Holiday Closure Schedule.
When accepting public applications for job vacancies, a listing appears in the employment section of this website, the Georgetown Times and with the South Carolina Employment Security Commission (Job Service). Georgetown County accepts applications from the public through the South Carolina Employment Security Commission (Job Service) Offices located at 2704 Highmarket Street. Georgetown County advertises and accepts applications for a minimum of two weeks from the time of posting a vacancy. Georgetown County only accepts applications for advertised vacancies and applicants not selected for employment must reapply for future vacancies.
Probate Court, located in the Georgetown County Judicial Center, 401 Cleland Street, Georgetown, or you may call the office at 843-545-3274. A person must be at least 18 years of age or if less than 18 years of age have parental consent. Once you file the marriage license application, there is a mandatory 24-hour waiting period. Additionally, an application fee is required before processing.
Georgetown County has a tiered fee system for marriage licenses. Fees are as follows:
Active Duty Military members are deemed to reside in the County/State where the installation to which they are assigned is located.
Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office430 N Fraser StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
You may call the Sheriff’s Office at 843-546-5101. Response to emergency calls only after hours. For more information on animal control issues, visit the Animal Control page.
Georgetown County does not require a business license. Contact individual municipalities for information on whether a business license is required within city limits. The County does have a Local Accommodation/Hospitality Tax. Visit the Hospitality/Accommodations Tax page for more information.
The Assessor’s Office can answer questions concerning county property assessments. The office is located at 129 Screven Street, Room 106, or call 843-545-3014.
Cases tried or otherwise disposed of in General Sessions Court are appealed to the South Carolina State Supreme Court. Appeals are filed with the Clerk of the State Supreme Court.
If you feel like you are the victim of a crime, you should contact the nearest police department in your area.
Contact the Public Defenders’ office at 843-545-3671.
Contact Georgetown County Probation and Parole office at 843-546-9798 for details.
All records filed with the Clerk of Court’s office are public information with the exception of cases sealed by a court order. There is a 25-cent fee to accommodate the cost for each copy and $1 fee for each certification. If your case was heard in Magistrate Court / Municipal Court, you must contact the Magistrate who heard your case.
To obtain a criminal record report, contact the arresting agency in the county the arrest took place. The clerk’s office will not perform any criminal background checks. You are welcome to come into our office between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:45 pm to research the matter or have someone else complete the research for you.
To find out when you should appear in General Sessions Court please contact the Georgetown County Solicitor’s office at 843-545-3169.
No, but there are chartered aircraft that bring business persons, as well as vacationers and part-time residents, to Georgetown County airports.
The airport is located approximately five miles south of downtown Georgetown along Highway 17, just below the Horry-Georgetown County Technical College campus.
Contact the airport manager at 843-545-3638. If you desire you can have your name placed on a waiting list should no hangers be available.
The Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Seven Rivers Aviation conducts flight training at the Georgetown County Airport. Contact the FBO at 843-527-7516. Carolina Ultralights and Sportplanes, also located at the airport, offers ultralight and sport plane flight instruction, as well as sales and service. This operator can be contacted at 843-240-8450.
Arrangements can be made through the Fixed Base Operator, 843-527-7516, to have a rental vehicle awaiting your arrival.
There is both short- and long-term parking for airport travelers. Arrangements may be made by contacting the airport manager, 843-545-3638.
Contact the airport manager at 843-545-3638.
Email the GIS department.
GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems.
For a new structure, the address is issued along with the building permit. In this case, contact the Georgetown County Building Department, 843-545-3116. For addressing issues concerning existing buildings, contact the GIS Department at 843-545-3071.
Note: The County does not issue addresses for vacant lots or sheds; only for habitable structures.
The Tax Assessor’s office is running a new database system and has changed the format from 04-0140 -001 to 04-0140-001-00-00 There are now no spaces or decimal points, only dashes.
Usually, this is caused by entering the suffix (street, lane, avenue, etc.). The best results are found when you enter the street and the number, for example 200 Hammock, without the suffix.
Since the information in the database is provided by the Assessor’s Office, the property owner should inform this office of any incorrect information at 843-545-3014.
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A local accommodations tax of 3% is imposed on the charges for accommodations furnished to transients.
A local Hospitality Tax of 2% is imposed on the purchase of prepared or modified food and/or beverages intended for immediate consumption. Both local accommodations and hospitality taxes were created by Georgetown County Council to provide a dedicated source of revenue and an appropriate and efficient means of funding new and renovated tourist-related buildings, and cultural, recreational and historical facilities, improved beach access and beach renourishment, as well as highways, roads, streets and bridges providing access to tourist destinations. These funds may also be used for advertisements and promotions related to tourism development, and water and sewer infrastructure to serve tourism-related demand throughout Georgetown County.
The business establishment is responsible for collecting this tax from patrons and is required to remit such collections to Georgetown County. The failure to collect taxes does not relieve any business from making the required remittances to Georgetown County.
Taxes should be remitted to the Georgetown County Finance Department by the 20th of each month for the prior month’s total collections. The taxes shall be remitted monthly when the estimated amount of average tax is more than $50 per month, on a quarterly basis when the estimated amount is $25 to $50 per month, and on an annual basis when the estimated amount of average tax is less than $25 per month. Each remittance must include a completed local accommodations/hospitality tax return form and a copy of the South Carolina sales tax computation form. For zero gross sales, the Hospitality Tax Return Form (PDF) must be remitted indicating zero gross amounts. Businesses collecting taxes from multiple locations should complete a reporting form for each location.
Remittances are considered delinquent if postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service after the 20th of the following month. If the due date of the return falls on Sunday or a U.S. Post Office holiday, the return is considered timely filed if it has a postmark by the U.S. Postal Service on (or before) the day immediately following that Sunday or U.S. Post Office holiday. A penalty payment of 5% will be due for each month, or portion thereof, on all taxes not received by the due date. Penalties will accumulate to a maximum of 100% on the original amount due.
The penalty for violation of this ordinance shall be 5% per month, charged on the original amount of taxes due, up to a maximum of 100%. Additionally, violators may be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, subject to a $500 fine and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days for each violation of this ordinance.
You should retain sales records and other documentation that will adequately support all sales subject to local accommodations/hospitality taxes and reported to the county on the local accommodations/hospitality tax returns. Such records are subject to audit by the county and should be retained for a minimum of three years.
Prepared meals and beverages are products sold ready for consumption either on or off premises in businesses classified as eating and drinking places under the Standard Industrial Code Classification Manual and including:
All sales of food and beverages served by a restaurant, lounge, bar, nonprofit special event, hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or any other food/liquor service facilities are subject to a 2% local hospitality tax.
All sales of food and beverage items that are prepared or modified by the establishment for immediate consumption are subject to a 2% hospitality tax. Generally, sales of all deli and bakery department items by a grocery store would be subject to the tax.
Rental or charges for rooms, campground spaces, recreational vehicle spaces, lodgings or sleeping accommodations furnished to transients by any hotel, motel, inn, condominium, bed and breakfast, residence or other place in which rooms, lodgings or sleeping accommodations are furnished for consideration within Georgetown County are subject to a 3% local accommodations tax. The gross proceeds received from the lease or rental of sleeping accommodations supplied to the same person for a period of 30 or more continuous days are not considered proceeds from transients.
Please contact Beth Elliott at 843-545-3002 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When accepting public applications for job vacancies, a listing appears in the Employment section of this web site and the vacancy is listed with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (Job Service). Additionally, when deemed appropriate, positions are posted at various online locations typically utilized by job seekers and/or classified ads are placed in local newspapers.
Georgetown County accepts applications from the public through the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (Job Service) Offices located at:2704 Highmarket StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
Georgetown County advertises and accepts applications for a minimum of two weeks from the time of posting a vacancy.
No. Georgetown County only accepts applications for advertised vacancies and applicants not selected for employment must reapply for future vacancies.
Unless you are disqualified or exempted from jury duty, you must appear on the date and time of your jury summons. The Magistrate must grant all other excuses.
Jury panels for Magistrate’s Court are comprised of six members; Circuit courts are 12 members. Circuit courts usually require their jurors to return to the court each day for service. Magistrate’s Court selects jurors and notifies them of dates and times to return. If not selected to serve on a case, jurors do not have to return. Jurors in Magistrate’s Court hear criminal misdemeanors, traffic cases, small claims and minor civil disputes.
When appearing in the Summary Court, someone directs you to the courtroom and instructs you on where you are to sit. When the roll call session begins, a court clerk will call the roll of all parties involved in the cases and then call a roll of the jurors. The Clerk may ask you to stand and identify yourself and briefly state your occupation and the occupation of your spouse.
After the roll call, the judge will read a series of "voir dire" questions that are meant to inform the court whether a juror has prior knowledge of a case, is related to any of the parties involved, or if there are any prejudices and opinions of the juror that would prevent them from making a fair decision. Once this process is completed, the court proceeds in selecting jury panels for each case. The parties involved step forward and the jurors are randomly drawn. The court calls each juror and both sides have an opportunity to accept or decline the potential juror. If the juror is accepted, they will step into the jury box throughout the completion of jury selection.
A clerk will review the names and verify phone numbers where jury panel members may be reached during the week; the jurors will be given a slip of paper that indicates the date and time of the trial they are to hear. The jurors return to their seats and the court draws the next jury until all cases have jurors selected. The court selects a total of six jurors and one alternate for each case.
Juror’s compensation is set by Georgetown County Council. You will be compensated for your service at a rate of $25 per day upon service.
Parking is available in the Judicial Center parking lot.
Only if the judge requires you to remain in the courtroom. Jurors not picked for a trial are generally allowed to leave to resume their normal daily routine and are asked to call back to the Clerk’s mailbox message center 843-545-3211 at a specified time to learn if and when they need to return to the courtroom. The mailbox message is recorded within minutes of the judge’s instructions.
Except in special situations, meals are not provided by the court. Jurors are generally free to leave the building for lunch. You may not take food or beverages into the courtroom. You must not be late returning from lunch at the time specified by the judge or clerk in charge.
Each year, the State Election Commission provides Georgetown County with a list containing the names of registered voters, persons holding valid driver’s licenses, and persons with state identification cards. Duplicate names and persons under the age of 18 have already been stricken from the list by the state. This list is used by Georgetown County to create a computer file from which jurors are selected. The jury selection computer program ensures that jurors are selected completely at random. The Circuit Courts (General Sessions and Common Pleas) select jurors from throughout the entire county. Once selected, summonses are created and mailed to the persons selected for service.
Jury selection takes place at different times and frequencies, depending on the number of jury trials scheduled by the Courts. The county Grand Jurors are selected once each year, whereas the Common Pleas and General Sessions juries are drawn on almost weekly.
Persons chosen for jury service in the Courts of General Sessions and Common Pleas are exempted from further service in those courts for a period of three years following the year in which they served. The computer selection program marks the names of persons selected for service so that they cannot be chosen again until their exemption period has passed. However, this does not prevent you from being picked to serve on a Magistrate’s Court jury, Coroner’s Court jury or a Municipal (City) Court jury. The exemption period for Grand Jurors is five years following the year of service.
Municipal (City) Courts select juries independently of the County Courts, and may have different rules regarding jury selection and service.
Unless you are disqualified, exempted, or have been excused by the Clerk of Court, you are required to appear in court at the day and time specified on the jury summons. Failure to appear may result in a citation for contempt of court, and a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest. Persons seeking to be excused should contact the jury clerk. If you do not contact the jury clerk, or should the jury clerk be unable to excuse you, you are required to appear on the first day of the jury term and request the judge to excuse you. If you choose not to appear at all, the judge will order a sheriff’s deputy to pick you up and you can be held in contempt.
For more detailed explanations regarding jury duty, call 843-545-3215 or call 843-545-3037 to speak to the jury clerk.
You may be disqualified from jury service (not allowed to serve) if:
Failure to state such disqualifying facts upon questioning by the judge, clerk of court or hearing officer is punishable as contempt of court. Likewise, furnishing false or misleading information on a Juror Response Form may also subject you to penalties for contempt of court. None of the following is eligible to serve as a juror:
No member of a grand jury, which returned an indictment, may be on the petit jury for the trial of the case.
If you have been summoned to appear as a juror in the Court of Common Pleas, or the Court of General Sessions, you should have received a Juror Response Form with your summons. If you meet any of the above-named criteria for disqualification, you should indicate as much on your Response Form and return it within two calendar days in the return envelope provided, and it will not be necessary for you to appear on the date specified on the summons.
You have the choice to serve or not serve if you are 65 years old or older, or if you were inadvertently summoned after having served within the past three calendar years as a circuit court juror. If you meet any of the above-listed criteria for exemption, you should indicate as much on your response form and return it in the return envelope within two calendar days. If you return the form in time it will not be necessary for you to appear on the date specified on the summons.
You may ask the presiding Judge to excuse you from jury service if you can show good and sufficient reason by application filed with the clerk of court, showing why you should not have to serve. Typical reasons might include temporary or permanent physical disability, or an unemployed custodial parent with children under the age of 7 without means of providing adequate care while performing jury duty. Before you can be excused for one of these reasons, you may be asked to furnish an affidavit to the Clerk of Court.
Typically, you will not be excused for work-related reasons. It is against the law for an employer to penalize you for performing jury service or to prevent you from serving as a juror. If you are currently involved in an important project, going out of town on business or having to work extra hours, you may be able to reschedule your jury service to a more convenient date. You should contact the jury clerk at 843-545-3037 if you wish to reschedule your jury service for another term of court. The clerk may accommodate the transferal request if one has not already been granted.
Upon completion of your service as a juror, request a letter from the clerk of court, which will indicate the number of days and dates you served as a juror, and the amount of compensation you will receive. This letter may be given to your employer as proof of your service as a juror.
Yes, persons seeking a postponement of service should contact the Clerk of Court. You will be asked to state your reasons for seeking the postponement, but postponements are generally granted for good cause. Typical reasons might be a student with final exams scheduled for the same week as the jury term, someone recovering from a serious illness, or a businessperson who expects to be out of town on business. If the postponement is allowed, you will be informed of a new date on which to report for jury duty. Your jury service may be postponed only one time.
Your service will normally be only for one week. Cases set for trial may be postponed or settled just as they are scheduled to begin, and other cases may be moved up on the Jury Trial Roster. Since it is impossible to predict the outcome of the cases on the roster, you should plan to be with us the entire week. The hours of court operation are determined by the presiding Judge; however, court generally begins each day at 9:30 am and adjourns at approximately 5:30 pm. At the end of each day, or if dismissed earlier, you should make sure that you know where and at what time you should report on the next day.
Georgetown County, together with Horry County, forms the 15th Judicial Circuit of the State’s 16 circuit courts. The Circuit Court system in South Carolina is divided into the Court of Common Pleas, which hears only civil cases, and the Court of General Sessions, which hears only criminal matters. However, jurors may serve as needed in either court.
Civil and criminal case jury trials are conducted under similar rules and in much the same manner. A few differences you will notice include:
The Judiciary requires appropriate attire in the courtroom; specifically no tank tops, shorts, hats or "flip-flop" sandals are allowed.
You aren’t required to bring anything with you, although you may wish to bring a book or magazine to read during any delays or waiting periods; do not bring newspapers. Because of the need for quiet, you should not bring items such as computer games. Also, you may not bring activated cellular phones or pagers into the courtroom.
When you arrive at the courthouse, you will be required to pass through a metal detector. This metal detector is provided for the security of yourself and others. The officers and bailiffs on duty are required to confiscate such contraband items as guns, knives, mace, or other implements, which could be used as weapons or are considered a danger to the court. If you own such items, you should leave them at home.
There are certain rules of behavior that a juror should follow. Foremost among these is the requirement to always be on time. Delays inconvenience the judge, the attorneys, the parties, witnesses and other jurors. When a court session begins and the judge enters the courtroom, everyone including the jurors, should rise. You should always give your undivided attention to every question and answer during a trial, and during the voir dire process. You must answer all questions put to you with complete honesty. You should attempt to be as quiet as possible in court, and also when you are in the hallways near the courtrooms.
Roll call is held each morning to record the presence of the jurors on the general jury panel. At the end of each day, you will be informed as to the time and place to report on the following day, or call the juror information line.
The first day’s roll call is a bit more involved than on subsequent days. You will be asked to state your name, occupation, and if married, the occupation of your spouse.
The phrase "Voir Dire" literally means, "to speak the truth." In court, it refers to a process of determining whether a juror can serve fairly and impartially in a given case by asking the juror various questions. These questions are designed to let the court learn whether a juror has prior knowledge of the case, is related to or employed by one of the parties in the case, and whether the juror has prejudices and opinions which would make it impossible for him/her to make an impartial decision in the case.
Your name may never be drawn for a trial. There are many factors involved in selecting a jury for a case, and it may be that you are never actually called upon to deliberate a case. It is also possible that you will be selected to deliberate multiple cases. When you check in with the court at roll call on the first day, you become part of a general jury pool.
The selection of jurors is the first step in the actual trial of a jury case and the first step of this selection process is called "voir dire" (a full definition of "voir dire" is given above). The judge will first explain what the case is about in general terms, and state the names of the parties involved, and their attorneys. The judge may then begin questioning the jurors. Some questions will be directed to all the jurors present, and others may be directed to individual jurors. If a prospective juror is not found to be legally qualified to act as a juror, he/she may be excused "for cause," by either the judge or one of the attorneys.
After the conclusion of voir dire, the attorneys have the right to exercise a certain number of "peremptory challenges". This means that the attorney may excuse a juror without having to state a specific reason. Jurors who are challenged and thereby excused from the trial should not be offended, as each attorney has a different idea as to the type of juror that would be most beneficial to the trial of the case. Following all peremptory challenges, the jury selection process is concluded, and the jury is sworn in. Persons excused generally return to the juror’s waiting area where they may be called for selection on another jury.
Georgetown County does not provide any curbside trash service. Residents may bring residential trash and recyclables to any of our 14 Convenience Centers. Commercial hauling or carting companies may also be hired to provide curbside service.
The Georgetown County Landfill accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards. The scalehouse does not keep credit cards on file for haulers, they must have a card to swipe for each transaction. If the hauler is not able to bring the card with them, please contact us about setting up an account for monthly billing.
Citizens can bring in household garbage, less than a half of a ton, in a non-commercial vehicle without charge. A non-commercial vehicle is defined as an automobile, pick-up truck, and/or 8 by 5 by 3-foot trailer used to haul household residential waste by a homeowner for residential use exclusively, in volumes less then one half ton.
Yes, it is considered a special waste and carries a tipping fee of $80 per ton. Prior approval from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is needed to dispose of asbestos at the Georgetown County Landfill. The County must be notified 24 hours prior to disposal.
Georgetown County Tipping Fees (PDF)
No. At this time, the landfill does not sell or give away compost or wood chips to the public.
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The county does offer roll-off containers for use by Georgetown County citizens. Click here for the online application.
The Solicitor’s Office schedules criminal cases for trial. Call the Solicitor’s office at 843-546-3751. All documents filed with the court are public records and are available through the Clerk of Court’s Office. Sometimes sealed by special court order, and sometimes sealed and confidential by operation of law, such as Adoptions, Abuse and Neglect and criminal files relating to juveniles, availability of documents vary.
To file for child support, the following options exist:
You may visit the Family Court office at 401 Cleland Street, Georgetown, with a picture ID to check on payments or get a printout. If you are unable to come to the Family Court office, please call the State Disbursement Unit at 800-768-5858.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services officially implemented the "Federally Mandated" State Disbursement Unit (SDU) in Georgetown effective June 1, 2019. Since that date, obligors must make support payments to the South Carolina State Disbursement Unit. Mail to:South Carolina State Disbursement UnitP.O. Box 100302Columbia, SC 29202
Magistrate (Summary) Court handles traffic tickets. Contact the office of the magistrate or the trial judge listed on your ticket. The tickets are generally handled in the Magistrate or Municipal (city) courts.
Through the Legislative Delegation Office or view their contact information in our Resource Directory.
Applications are available online or at the Legislative Delegation Office, located on the 3rd floor of the historic county courthouse at 129 Screven St., Georgetown. Once the application form is completed, have it notarized and return it to the Delegation Office in person or by mail. The mailing address is P.O. Box 421270, Georgetown, S.C. 29442 . Applications can be notarized in the Delegation Office by appointment. Attach a check or money order for $25, made payable to the S.C. Secretary of State. Endorsement of a Notary application requires the signatures of delegation members. The Delegation Office obtains these signatures and then forwards the application to the Secretary of State’s office. When the Notary commission is returned to the applicant, the Clerk of Court must record it within 15 days. There is a recording fee.
The Delegation Office performs a variety of research and investigative tasks for legislators and constituents. Work is not limited to state agencies and may include contact with private organizations and federal and local government agencies.
These terms are used interchangeably to refer to courts presided over by a Magistrate.
Magistrates hear several types of civil cases, the most common being:
Defendants file civil cases in the area where they live.
Yes, you are entitled to a jury trial if requested in a timely manner and in writing. A jury trial request should include your current mailing address and phone number, and the name of your attorney if one is representing you. Jury trial request forms are available at each Magistrate’s office or you may write your own request.
Crime victims must make a report with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and deliver a copy of the incident report to present to the Magistrate. The Magistrate will determine if there is enough probable cause to file an arrest warrant. Depending on the type of charge, you may need to sign the sworn affidavit for a courtesy summons. The Sheriff’s Office or other appropriate law enforcement agency handles all other charges.
It is preferred that you contact the Solicitor’s Worthless Check Unit at 843-545-3169. This agency will completely process the bad check for you. Otherwise, you may present bad checks to the Magistrate’s Court to have a courtesy summons issued if the following stipulations have been met:
A decision of the court may be appealed by making a written notice of your intent to appeal to the other party(ies) involved to the Summary Court and the Common Pleas court. You must pay a filing fee to Common Pleas. You must make written notice within 30 days, if it was a civil case and 10 days if it is a criminal case.
An expungement is destroying or sealing of your records of a criminal charge in magistrates’ court where you were found not guilty, the charge was dismissed or not prosecuted. Cases that fall in this category and were disposed of prior to June 2, 2009, can be expunged but the party will need to make a written request to the appropriate magistrate court. Cases disposed of after June 2, 2009, are processed as the disposition is entered into the computer system in accordance with the rules governing the magistrates’ courts.
PTI is an abbreviation for the Pre-Trial Intervention program. Defendants may only enroll in this program upon the recommendation of the court, officer, victim and attorney involved. There is an enrollment fee and participants are required to attend counseling sessions and complete a prescribed amount of community service hours. Successful completion of this program qualifies the participant to have an expungement of the criminal record for which the participant was enrolled. The Magistrate’s Court completes the applications and forwards it to the PTI office for completion. You may contact any office for further details or contact the pre-trial intervention office in the Solicitor’s Office.
Magistrate courts handle claims valued at $7,500 or less. Common Pleas handles anything greater than $7,500.
When you come to any of our offices, you complete an information sheet that will briefly outline your complaint and any damages to which you believe you are entitled. Be sure to have the defendant’s physical address or a description of how to locate their premises, supporting documentation such as:
The court clerk will enter your information into the computer system and produce documents to sign for your particular case. Filing fees are due at the time of filing. Our most common fees are:
This is a list of our most common requests; you may obtain a complete list of fees from any one of our locations. See our court staff and directory for contact information.
One files civil cases in the county or state where the defendant lives or operates a business (if the claim is against the business itself). You may file civil suits against corporations in the county where they own property and operate their regular business. Within Georgetown County, there are magisterial districts that handle your case.
Please Note: If you are unsure where to go, you may contact the Georgetown office and they will direct you.
Once rendered and the proper time limit has expired, present a Transcript of Judgment to the Clerk of Court’s office, where you may exercise one of two options. You may pay a small filing fee to have the transcript placed on the defendant’s record or you may pay a slightly higher fee to obtain an execution order, then present it to the Sheriff’s Office in order to have property seized and sold for the judgment.
A landlord must give a minimum of five days written notice to the tenant regarding their failure to pay rent. Once the fifth day has been completed, the landlord may file an Order and Rule to Evict at the appropriate Magistrate’s Court, presenting at the time of filing, a copy of the eviction notice. The filing fee for this is $40. The defendant is served upon filing, and is then given 10 days to file a response and request a hearing. If the tenant fails to vacate the premises and does not ask for a hearing, the landlord must pay an additional $10 fee to file the actual Writ of Ejectment. The defendant is served the Writ of Ejectment and must vacate the premises within 24 hours. If the defendant fails to vacate the premises, the Sheriff’s Office will remove the defendant from the premises.
You may also complete Applications for Evictions for a violation of lease terms and conditions or if the term of tenancy or occupancy has expired. Contact the appropriate office for assistance in these matters where forms are available to follow the correct procedures.
A Claim and Delivery case is filed when a person wishes to repossess certain kinds of property. Most commonly, this is the result of a bad debt where the owner used property as collateral, such as automobiles, furniture, appliances, etc. In order to proceed, you must present to the court that you are entitled to the property by contract, bill of sale or entitlement. The account must be in default by at least ten days and a certified letter of Right to Cure should have been sent at least twenty days prior to making application to the court for this proceeding and a copy of that letter should be presented upon filing the case. The fee for this proceeding is $55.
Towing companies or storage facilities usually file for a Judicial Sale for abandoned property such as a vehicle, boat or trailer. The property must be abandoned for a period of 30 days and an effort must be made to contact the owner to remove the property. The purpose for this type of case is to receive permission from the court to sell the abandoned property and keep the proceeds of the sale to cover storage costs. Contact any one of our offices for more details.
No. Magistrates’ courts do not handle these matters.
No. The Family Court Child Support Office strictly handles child support payments.
No. Probate Court handles marriage license applications.
No. Magistrates’ courts staff cannot give legal advice. The staff can instruct you on the procedures to file a case and explain court procedures to you. The staff cannot recommend an attorney to you. You may contact the local or state Bar Association for a list of attorneys.
Each Master must be an attorney with at least eight years of experience, be at least 32 years old, a resident of the state for the previous five years and found qualified by the Judicial Merit Selection Commission.
Any case which could be heard in Circuit Court without a jury can be referred to a Master-in-Equity. Anyone who files a civil case and waives their right to a jury trial can also ask to have their case referred to a Master-in-Equity. Each case heard by a Master is assigned by the South Carolina Circuit Court using the procedural device known as an Order of Reference.
When outside, wear mosquito-proof clothing, avoid wearing perfume or scented products and use an insect repellent. Mosquitoes are also more attracted to dark-colored clothing.
Since mosquitoes need water to drink and to lay their eggs, water-holding containers may be breeding areas for mosquitoes such as:
To control mosquito problems around the house, empty the water from these places. For more information on protecting yourself and your property see the Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas (SCDHEC).
At this time, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) only tests crows and blue jays. If you see any dead crows or blue jays, please contact the Mosquito Control ’Hotline’ 843-545-3615 immediately. Staff will collect and submit the bird to the local SCDHEC lab for further testing.
Submit a request through our online portal or call the Mosquito Control Hotline at 843-545-3615. Please be sure to leave your name, address and telephone number when calling.
Georgetown County Mosquito Control uses data from multiple sources for making spraying decisions. Mosquito Control has light traps placed throughout the County to collect Mosquitoes. The information obtained from checking these traps, amount of rainfall, number of calls, known problem areas and physical inspections by Mosquito Control personnel all contribute to help determine the areas to be sprayed.
Only in extreme cases, typically after an event such as a hurricane or an unusually large rainfall amount. In these situations, if the spray trucks are unable to reduce the high number of mosquitoes, the county uses aircraft to cover more area during spraying.
In 2023, the Georgetown County Mosquito Control Division switched from chemical pesticides in its spray trucks to more environmentally friendly methods. Ingredients are water, garlic oil, citronella oil, lemongrass oil, cedar oil, geraniol, rosemary oil, sodium lauryl sulphate and ethyl lactate. This product is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Minimum Risk Pesticides list. It is not harmful to people, birds, pets or other insects.
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The county conducts aerial spraying only in urgent circumstances, such as after hurricanes when mosquito populations surge countywide. Naled is used in aerial spraying and, once again, is not harmful to humans, pets, birds and large beneficial insects from a single application, due to the tiny droplet size. It also dissipates within a day, reducing any lingering effects. This product is highly regulated by the EPA and only used in small concentrations. (For example: only 3/4 of an ounce of Naled is used to spray one acre).
The Mosquito Control staff is highly sensitive to the effects of these chemicals on the environment. Most of the spraying is conducted in the early morning and evening when mosquitoes are active but other insects are not. The staff is dedicated to protecting the environment and are constantly looking for alternative methods of controlling mosquitoes without harming humans, pets, birds and beneficial insects.
Call the Building/Zoning Department at 843-545-3116, regarding permits for new construction; for a change of tenant; if the business will be going in an existing building; and to see if a property is zoned correctly for its intended use.
You must complete an application available through the Building/Zoning office (129 Screven Street, Georgetown). With the application, you must submit the paid water and sewer receipts and/or a septic tank permit. Fees for mobile home permits are $100, plus a fire impact fee based on the value of the home. Once the application is approved by Zoning, you will be given the approved site permit to take to the Assessor’s Office and get the home registered with the county and obtain a sticker. Bring this back to the Building Department and pay the permit fees.
Applications are available in the Assessor’s Office (129 Screven Street) and must be completed by January 15 in the year following the purchase. The 4% assessment applies to the portion of property used as your residence. The 6% ratio applies to the remainder of the property.
Submit a rezoning application along with a $250 application fee and stamped, addressed, unsealed envelopes to adjacent property owners within 400 feet of your property. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on your request. County Council must give three readings to a rezoning change before it is final. The process typically takes about 120 days.
Accessory dwelling units or granny flats are allowed in most residential zoning districts with some conditions. Units are limited to 900 square feet of living space and may require a lot area of a certain size based on the zoning. Contact the Zoning Department at 843-545-3602 for more information.
If you are looking for a recorded plat of your property please contact the Register of Deeds office at 843-545-3088. If you are looking for an aerial view or zoning map, please contact the Planning or Zoning Departments at 843-545-3158.
Links to the County’s GIS servers are available on the GIS section of this website. Please contact the Zoning Department for confirmation of the most current designation as changes are approved monthly.
Contact the Planning Department to determine if it is possible to do so based on your lot size and current zoning. You will need to then submit 5 originals of a plat prepared by a surveyor to the Planning Department for review. The applicable water and sewer authority may also need to review the plat. Once it is approved by the Planning Department, it may be recorded in the Register of Deeds office for Georgetown County.
Georgetown County regularly posts news updates at our Online Newsroom, including hurricane and other emergency information. Visit our home page to sign up to receive news alerts via email or text message. You can also stay updated via our social media accounts. Additionally, we put out a free, monthly e-newsletter, the Georgetown County Chronicle.
The Georgetown County Chronicle is the county’s free, monthly e-newsletter and contains information about county activities, programs and events, as well as important announcements from Georgetown County government. It is intended for Georgetown County residents, property owners, visitors and potential new residents.
Absolutely! County employees regularly speak to clubs, civic organizations and other groups on an array of topics, from recycling to planning and zoning. We love sharing all the exciting things happening in Georgetown County government with residents. To schedule a presentation, contact the Public Information Officer.
An online phone directory is available here. Additionally you can call (843) 545-3063 for an automated directory of departments.
The business of all Georgetown County departments and offices is open to public review, as is required by the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Any member of the public can request county documents via our online FOIA Request Center, or by mailing or hand delivering written requests to the office of the Public Information Officer at 716 Prince St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
Georgetown County introduced the Taxpayer Academy in 2020 as a way to help residents learn more about what their local government does and how tax dollars are spent. The program is offered at regular intervals, with sessions that give participants a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of various county departments and divisions. Space in each class is limited to ensure a better experience as participants visit various facilities and talk to staff. Participants must reside in Georgetown County.
Simply check our web page of available positions, and download an application from that page. Georgetown County accepts applications from the public through the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (Job Service) Offices located at:2704 Highmarket StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
We advertise and accept applications for a minimum of two weeks from the time of posting a vacancy.
Call our Public Works Division at 843-545-3438.
A regular schedule provides maintenance for all roads approximately every three weeks. To have your road paved, you must request and complete a "C Fund Petition" by calling Public Works at 843-545-3438.
Please rinse plastic, glass and metal cans, and break down cardboard boxes to flatten them. Several facilities have an oil/gas mixture collection tank. Call the Division of Environmental Services in Public Works, 843-545-3443, for further information. Residents should not bag yard waste.
Georgetown County Mosquito Control has light traps placed throughout the county. The collection of these traps, the amount of rainfall, the number of complaints, and past problem areas, all determine the areas to spray. You may call 843-546-4625 to request spraying in your area or to be added to a list of residents notified before local spraying occurs.
Call 843-545-3458. The Maintenance Operations Division inspects and evaluates your drainage and flooding problems, then makes recommendations.
On June 12, 2007, Georgetown County Council adopted Ordinance Number 2007-35, which states: Any person desiring to erect, construct or maintain an encroachment upon county property must first obtain an encroachment permit. An encroachment permit may be obtained by filing a completed copy of the Encroachment Permit Form (PDF), accompanied by a $100 non-refundable application fee.
There are two ways that private roads can be improved with public funds in Georgetown County:
Yes. You must request and complete a petition. Begin by calling Public Works at 843-545-3438. Public Works evaluates the petitions, then scores each petition once per year starting on April 1. Public Works scores the petitions based on criteria (PDF) developed by the County Transportation Committee (CTC). According to criteria score, a CTC priority listing then serves as the implementation plan for road improvements based on the availability of funds. For more information on the C-Fund program view the C-Fund program page.
Once the CTC has selected roads to fund, the remaining roads on the priority list go to County Council for consideration. County Council, under Ordinance 2008-81 (PDF), annually collects road users fees, which are used to improve transportation within the county. These improvements include rocking and paving, as well as drainage, parking facilities and any other related needs required for general public access to publicly-owned facilities. County Council, based on the available funds for the current Fiscal Year, will select additional roads to improve under the Road User Fee Program (PDF).
Yes. The county maintains roads using a regular schedule that rotates on a monthly basis.
The Public Works Division inspects and evaluates drainage and flooding problems, then makes recommendations. Call Public Works at 843-545-3438.
The Public Works Division has a rotating schedule for county roadway right-of-way maintenance. Roads are maintained on a rotating monthly schedule and grass cutting varies with the changing growing seasons.
Georgetown County has a diligent drainage maintenance program. Staff continually monitors and maintains miles of drainage ways and ditches throughout the county. Tremendous effort is made to stay ahead of potential problems. The county responds quickly to reported issues and has implemented an online service request program, At Your Request.
In addition, a county Stormwater Division exists to monitor new construction, manage the stormwater utility and implement capital improvements that will help alleviate drainage problems throughout the county.
It contains rules and minimum requirements (PDF) for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of all road systems within Georgetown County.
View a map of all convenience center locations (PDF), along with hours of operation.
Yes. Only residential electronic waste is accepted, one unit per household per day. For more information, see the Electronic Waste section.
Yes. Only residential paint waste is accepted. It can be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at the Landfill Convenience Center.
Yard waste in plastic bags is banned from the convenience centers and the landfill. Kraft paper bags may be used. Call the landfill office for more information at 843-545-3443.
Yes. Georgetown County will accept both at our convenience centers. Milk Cartons should be placed in the cardboard containers, while milk jugs should be placed with the plastic.
Plastic, glass and metal cans should be rinsed. Cardboard boxes should be broken down so they are flat. Discard caps for glass containers before recycling.
Mixed gas and oil, old or bad gasoline, or diesel fuel can be disposed of at all centers. Gas/oil collection is located under the covered shed areas. Please ask the attendant for assistance. Motor oils and fuels should be kept separate from cooking oils.
Cooking oil is accepted at all centers. Please keep it separate from any motor oil. It is accepted under the covered shed area at your community Convenience Center. Please ask the attendant for assistance.
Yes! The public is welcome to tour the facility. To schedule a tour, call 843-545-3443.
No. However, recycling is strongly encouraged, and we try to make it as easy and convenient as possible.
Swap Shop Rules
View a map of all convenience center locations (PDF), along with hours of operation. View the holiday closure schedule here (PDF).
Every 10 years, districts on the federal, state and local levels must be redrawn to ensure each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring each fair representation for every person. Georgetown County is responsible for drawing County Council Districts. School Board members also use the same district lines as County Council. On the county level, redistricting helps ensure every council member represents the same number of constituents. Based on the 2020 census, every Georgetown County Council district should have as close to 9,058 residents as possible.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a council representative. The County Council will seek input in selecting the next district map, which will be in place for the next decade. You have an opportunity to share with Council your thoughts on how district lines should be drawn to best represent your community. Three public meetings have been scheduled to present draft maps and gather public input. Public comments may also be submitted online at gtcounty.org/redistricting. Public input meeting dates are as follows:
In addition to being on display at public input meetings in January, the three draft redistricting maps are available for the public to review and comment on at gtcounty.org/redistricting.
The current council district map is available as a layer on the county’s GIS mapping system and can be accessed via gtcounty.org/redistricting. The current map can be overlayed over the draft redistricting plans to allow residents to compare the two in detail.
The county has set up a web page at gtcounty.org/redistricting to make it easy for residents to find the latest updates and all the information they need about redistricting in one place. Through its public information office, the county is also working with local media and using social media and other platforms, such as its monthly newsletter, to put information into the hands of the public. Updates are also being posted to the homepage of the county’s website and directly emailed or text messaged to residents who have signed up for news alerts and notifications from Georgetown County. Public meetings are being held in communities across the county. Recordings of these meetings are also being made available online at YouTube.com/gtcountysc to allow as many people as possible to watch the meetings and submit their comments on the redistricting plans.
Georgetown County wants as many residents as possible to be involved in the redistricting process. Residents can be involved by attending one of the following public meetings:
Public comments will also be accepted at Georgetown County Council meetings leading up to adoption of a redistricting plan. Council meetings are scheduled for Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Additionally, public comments may be submitted online at gtcounty.org/redistricting.
In counting population, the entire nation is divided into census blocks. Census blocks are statistical areas bounded by visible features such as roads, water bodies and railroad tracks, and by nonvisible boundaries such as property lines, city, county and school district lines. In a city, a census block looks like a city block bounded on all sides by streets. Census blocks in suburban and rural areas may be large, irregular, and bounded by a variety of features. By law, the Redistricting Data Program provides states the opportunity to specify where census blocks will be. Local governments do not determine where census blocks are and the county cannot split census blocks during redistricting. Census blocks may be viewed as an overlay on proposed redistricting maps in the county’s GIS system. A link to the system and a how-to video on how to use it are available at gtcounty.org/redistricting.
Property transfers and mortgages date back to the late 1860s.
The office provides copies of records for 50 cents per page (8-1/2 by 14 or smaller) or $1 for larger, (11 by 17) being the largest size available at this time.
The information is located by approximate date of sale and the seller (grantor) or buyer (grantee) as listed on the deed.
This office maintains the "public record" or the "official" property records. Title companies will not insure loans on real property unless a title search has been completed by an attorney or representative of the attorney. As the official record, this information provides information for the development of tax rolls. The owner must provide the written information to the office staff.
The Department of Motor Vehicles records titles for mobile homes. Contact their office for more information, 843-527-8730.
You should have gotten your original Deed when you first purchased your property. This office does not keep your original Deed; it is sent back to the Recording Agent/Attorney and he/she should send it to you. We can make you a copy, or you can go onto our website and see if you can view/print a copy of your Deed.
You will have to go to an Attorney and have a new Deed prepared and recorded showing the change.
Contact The Department of Vital Records at 843-545-0174.
Wills are filed in the Probate Court’s office. Contact their office at 843-545-3274.
This office provides copies of records for 50 cents per page (8 1/2 by 14 or smaller) and $1 per page (11 by 17) being the largest size available at this time. Also, you may go onto our website and view/print your Deed if the image is available.
Report the accident/injury to your supervisor immediately. He or she will direct you to the appropriate medical facility. (In the event of a life threatening emergency, dial 911 and take appropriate action.) A "First Report of Injury" must be completed by your supervisor and delivered to the risk manager within 24 hours of the injury.
Contact the risk manager by calling 843-545-3097 or visiting the Risk Management office to file the necessary forms. The office is located at:129 Screven StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
Factors such as date of arrest, type of charge(s), and time needed by the assigned prosecutor to properly assess, further investigate, and prepare the case for court will impact the term in which the case is placed on the docket and the adult defendant or juvenile is notified to appear in court.
All persons charged with General Sessions Court or juvenile court offenses can apply at the Public Defender’s office in the Georgetown County Judicial Center at:401 Cleland StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
Of course, the appointment is based on qualification guidelines. The Presiding Judge may also inquire and appoint attorneys for representation.
Emergencies are reported through the County’s "911" system. All other reports should be made at the municipal or county law enforcement agencies for investigation by that department in order to determine the following:
Stormwater is rain or snow that falls on streets, parking areas, rooftops and other developed land and either flows directly into nearby streams or travels there through drainage systems, such as curbs and gutters, inlets, storm sewers, detention ponds and channels. The flows are then discharged, untreated, into Georgetown County’s streams and creeks.
Everyone benefits. residents, business and industry owners, students, visitors and developers all benefit. It protects roadways, property, receiving streams and other waters. It addresses both flooding and water quality concerns.
Stormwater Utility Fee Ordinance (PDF)
It is a guidance and performance tool of the stormwater program. It contains rules and minimum requirements for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of all new drainage facilities within Georgetown County.
To request a stormwater plan review, you need to submit a completed and signed stormwater application and a completed/signed stormwater submittal checklist.
A stormwater utility is a County-created, separate entity that has been established to fund operations and maintenance functions on existing stormwater infrastructure, administration of the County’s federally-mandated municipal permit, engineering and technical review staff, and the design and construction of capital improvements.
Georgetown County faces a number of stormwater problems:
The County studied these problems and how they might be solved, and after looking at all the options for solving these problems, found that this was the best path. A stormwater fee is the most equitable revenue source to solve the County’s stormwater problems. The stormwater program will enable the County to comply with federal regulations as well as protect our community through improved drainage and protection of local waters. After studying the issue, the County Council passed an ordinance establishing the stormwater enterprise fund after three readings, on June 12th, 2007.
The county charges permitting fees for stormwater, which pay a portion of the cost for reviewing new development. In the future, additional state and federal program monies, such as grants, may be obtained for certain types of projects.
A stormwater utility is the fairest way to operate and maintain the county’s stormwater system, meet the requirements of the federal water quality permit and add capital improvements to mitigate existing flooding, erosion and sedimentation problems. Those that generate stormwater runoff from their properties will pay to fund the stormwater system.
The general fund budget has historically been used to fund stormwater operations. However, this source of revenue is used to fund many other county programs. In the past, higher priority has been given to the other general fund programs. Therefore, needed improvements and maintenance for the stormwater system have been delayed due to a lack of available funds.
The general fund is limited in the amount of revenue it receives each year. Boosting stormwater funding only through the general fund would result in cuts to other programs, such as public safety and parks. General fund revenues that were used for stormwater will now be made available for other programs.
A service fee is a charge imposed on property for the purpose of defraying the cost of a particular government service, such as countywide stormwater drainage. The service fee funds can only be spent on providing that service. A tax is imposed on property, acts, events or occurrences to provide revenue to pay any of the general expenses of government. The tax revenue can be used to pay for other government activities, such as fire, zoning, streets and libraries.
Stormwater fees are like those of other utilities such as water and sanitary sewer, which are based on the demand a user places upon the utility system. In the case of the stormwater user fee, each property’s stormwater runoff places demand on the County’s system of pipes, channels and flood and pollution control structures that make up the stormwater system. The stormwater system costs money to operate and maintain, and it must function properly to carry stormwater safely, decrease pollution and prevent flooding.
Impervious surfaces are hard surfaces that do not allow rain or snow to infiltrate at the same rate as natural surface, like grass or dirt. It includes surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, patio areas, sidewalks, parking lots and other man-made structures.
In general, compacted gravel areas engineered and maintained for vehicle travel may be considered impervious.
If your property is located on a Georgetown County-owned road, you may put your request in with Georgetown County Public Works. You may contact them at 843-545-3438 or put in a work order with the County’s GCWORKS 311 system.
A Georgetown County Land Disturbance Permit is required when planning to subdivide land, planning to sell land, develop a commercial site, develop a residential site, or develop a multifamily residential site that is 0.5 acres and within 0.5 miles from a major water body, or 1 acre. Please visit the Georgetown County Stormwater Management website to access the flow chart to help you determine if your activity requires a Georgetown County Land Disturbance Permit.
To apply for a Georgetown County Land Disturbance Permit you will need to email a complete submittal to the Stormwater Department. For specific questions or to set up a preliminary submittal meeting, please call the office directly at 843-545-3524.
If you are planning on doing any work in the right-of-way of a Georgetown County-owned road, you will need an encroachment permit. Please submit a completed Georgetown County encroachment application (PDF), site plan, and review fee credit form by emailing Public Services.
Georgetown County Department of Public Services (DPS) manages a Watershed Team where members (made up of DPS Staff) discuss drainage problems that were submitted by Public Works or by citizens that were beyond routine maintenance. Discussions on how to solve the drainage issues lead to drainage studies and ultimately to designing drainage improvement projects. All drainage construction projects throughout the County are a direct result of a drainage service request. Many drainage projects need easements or access to install a drainage ditch or pipe on private property.
Georgetown County can only work on (in) Georgetown County-owned property, right-of-way, or a Georgetown County Easement. Georgetown County cannot work on a state (South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)) road or private property. Many drainage systems flow across private property, state property, and County-owned roads. It is only on the County property that the County can work. When the County designs a drainage improvement project where easement may need to be acquired, staff seeks easements from private property owners. As a property owner, you’re not required to provide an easement to the County for the drainage improvement project, however, for some projects, without an easement, the project cannot be constructed.
The Stormwater Division will be happy to provide more information on the stormwater program. Call 843-545-3524 to talk to a staff member.
Stormwater fees are charged to properties as a line item on property tax bills.
If a customer believes that the stormwater user fee has been billed incorrectly, the customer must file a written appeal with the director of Georgetown County Public Services within 30 days of the decision or receipt of written determination from which the appeal is taken. The appeal shall include an accurate map or drawing containing information on the total property area, the impervious surface area, and any other features or conditions which may be of importance in the determination of the validity of the appeal.
Your stormwater user fee will be due on the same day as your property taxes are due. If you receive a stormwater-only bill, the fee will be due on the date printed on your bill.
Bills will be sent to the existing property owner. If bills are sent to property owners, it is up to the property owner to determine how the cost will be distributed among the tenants.
Yes, they are being charged the fee for their impervious area.
Property liens will be pursued for non-payment.
Unlike other utility fees, users can not decrease their fees by flipping a switch or turning off a faucet. However, users can ensure that their properties are developed in a way that lessens the demand placed on the stormwater system. Through a system of credits offered by the utility, non-single-family residential properties can have their fees reduced for certain ongoing activities that:
For more information on the crediting program, contact the county stormwater engineer.
The credits are only available to non-single family residential properties.
All properties in the county contribute stormwater to the system, so all should contribute to the cost of operating the system. A significant portion of the utility’s revenues will be used for maintenance, planning and water quality improvements to the existing system, including the one in your neighborhood. As the facilities in your part of the county age, they require a higher level of maintenance and eventual replacement. The remaining revenue will be used for capital improvement projects that will reduce flooding threats to life and property that currently exist. While the stormwater system in your area may be adequate to protect your neighborhood, the storm flows may contribute to problems downstream.
All new development will be required to follow existing county ordinances. These regulations require the developers to build storm sewer systems and stormwater detention facilities to manage the runoff generated by their developments. Once a lot is developed, that lot will be subject to the same stormwater fee as all the existing lots.
Every property in Georgetown County with 400 square feet of impervious area or more will pay a stormwater user fee. Single-family residential, multi-family residential and non-residential properties will pay the fee, including the County itself. While all developed properties will be charged a fee, it may be reduced for services provided, such as maintenance, reduction of developed flow discharges, etc., on non-residential properties. This reduction is called a credit.
Yes, all developed property in the county is subject to the stormwater fee. It is based on the demand a property places on the stormwater management system.
The stormwater user fee is billed once a year. Property owners will see the new fee on their tax bills.
The Equivalent Runoff Unit, or ERU, is the base unit for the stormwater user fee, similar to the base unit for other utilities. An ERU is a measure of the amount of impervious surface on a property. One ERU is equal to 3,770 square feet of impervious area. This is the average amount of impervious surface found at the average single-family residence in Georgetown County. The charge for one ERU will be $52 per year.
Residential properties will pay $52 per year, for one Equivalent Runoff Unit (ERU).
All non-single-family residential (NSFR) properties will be charged on the basis of measured impervious area rounded up to the next whole Equivalent Runoff Unit (ERU). Thus the number of ERUs on any NSFR property is equal to the total impervious area divided by 3,770 square feet and rounded up to the next whole number.
Owners of property with a fee, including Georgetown County and other owners of public buildings in the unincorporated county, are required to pay the stormwater user fees.
The amount of stormwater runoff originating from individual properties is significantly increased by the amount of impervious area on each property. The impervious area consists of houses, buildings and other structures; driveways, patios, parking lots, and other manmade surfaces that do not allow precipitation to infiltrate into the ground. Pervious surfaces include grass, pasture, cropland and most undeveloped land. Impervious surfaces decrease the amount of infiltration into the ground and increase the amount of runoff that will enter the county’s stormwater system.
Over the long term, the amount of impervious area on a property is related to the amount of stormwater that flows off the property and into the nearby streams and creeks. Impervious surfaces also increase the amount of pollution that is carried by stormwater runoff that is carried into the county’s drainage system and surface waters.
Billing based on the amount of impervious surface on a property is the most equitable method to determine the fee. Impervious surfaces decrease the amount of infiltration into the ground and increase the amount of runoff that will enter the county’s stormwater system. Over the long term, the amount of impervious area on a property is related to the amount of stormwater that flows off the property and into the nearby streams and creeks.
County Council can adjust the rate by passing a change to the stormwater utility ordinance. Based on program cost estimates and rate base increases, the rate is not expected to change in the first five years of the utility.
The County used aerial photographs to measure impervious surfaces, and the calculation is accurate in almost all cases, but the technology that currently exists cannot guarantee 100% accuracy. In most cases of error, the calculated amount will err on the side of the customer.
The stormwater utility fees will generate approximately $1.5 million in revenue per year. The fees will fund ongoing operations and maintenance, capital improvements needs and meeting requirements for the federally-mandated Municipal Stormwater Discharge Permit. The new stormwater program was developed through consultations with County staff members. Staff examined the county’s current program and stormwater program needs and issues and then recommended a program that would meet the county’s needs over time.
The enhanced stormwater program funded by the stormwater utility fees will enable the county to meet the requirements of its federally-mandated stormwater permit as well as fund drainage improvement projects, enhanced enforcement and compliance for new development, drainage studies and public education and outreach. Stormwater fees can only be spent and will only be spent on stormwater-related activities.
As with all major capital projects in the county, there will be a public process for each stormwater capital improvement project.
The stormwater utility is a county-owned business, under the Public Services Department. The stormwater engineer and public services director will oversee all operations of the utility.
County Council will approve the stormwater utility budget each year in a public meeting.
The stormwater utility will allow the county to make progress on the county’s capital improvement needs. Having the additional maintenance funding made available by the stormwater utility will prevent the backlog from growing at the rate it previously did as preventative maintenance will prolong the life of some infrastructure.
The treasurer does not determine property tax amounts. The amount of tax money needed is decided by each of the area’s taxing authorities. The Assessor’s Office determined appraisal values for real property while the Auditor’s Office calculates the tax.
The treasurer does not maintain property or owner records. The assessor and auditor maintain these records and are dependent on taxpayers to notify their offices of changes in address.
To apply for a high mileage appeal, mail or bring in a signed statement with exact mileage to the Auditor’s Office before the due date.
If you are paying by mail, send a statement with your social security number requesting a senior citizen discount. We will complete and mail your application to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you qualify, DMV will issue you a refund check. If you pay in person, notify the person posting your payment that you would like to apply for the senior citizen discount. Discount is for discounted registration fees only, not taxes.
The dealership is allowed to pick up your tags on a vehicle without paying local property taxes. When the dealer states that they are taking care of your taxes, they are referring to sales tax, which is paid at the local Department of Motor Vehicles.
The county assesses taxes on the real property, but if it is rental property, you are assessed on the furniture, fixtures, and equipment within that property. The Auditor’s Office is responsible for the value of that assessment.
Sections 12-45-220 and 6-5-10 of the South Carolina Code of Laws limit the treasurer as to where public funds may be invested. These code sections allow investment:
The Veterans Affairs (VA) Office will assist veterans in filing a claim to determine eligibility based on individual circumstances, including time in service, degree of disability, and, in some cases, annual income.
The Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office in Columbia processes claims in an average of 60 to 120 days.
Our department is located at 129 Screven Street on the second floor of the historic Georgetown County Courthouse.
No, Georgetown County does not issue or require business licenses. However, for businesses operating within incorporated areas of the county (the City of Georgetown and the Towns of Andrews and Pawleys Island), those municipalities may have their own requirements. Please contact the city hall or town hall of the appropriate municipality for details as to their requirements.
You will need to fill out a vending permit application. Vendors are allowed in the FA, NC, GC, LI and HI Zoning districts. All vending operations must be conducted a minimum of 20 feet outside of any right-of-way and provide space to park at least two cars. A vendor’s sign may not exceed 10 square feet in area and only one per vendor is allowed.
Any use conducted entirely within a dwelling and carried on by the occupants thereof, which is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of a dwelling for residential purposes and does not change the character thereof, and no person, not a resident on the premises is employed specifically in connection with the activity is considered a home occupation. The following home occupations may employ no more than one assistant:
No mechanical equipment may be installed and used except such as normally used for domestic or professional purposes. No more than 25% of the total floor space of any structure may be used for the home occupation. Home occupations are allowed in any zoning district. Contact the Zoning Department for more information and further requirements.
You may fill out an application on this website and send it to our e-mail or you may come in to our office. A Zoning Department staff member will have to conduct a site visit to assess the work that you want to have done. A tree plan shall be submitted for all new construction projects.
Permits are not required for fences. Fences shall not exceed an overall height of six feet and must not obstruct the vision of auto or pedestrian traffic using the street. Fences are classified as open or closed. Open fences may be constructed in any area of the property. Closed fences are permitted in any area of the property with the exception of the front yard setback. Closed fences may be used in the front setback area only with the approval of the Planning Commission. For commercial uses in the Waccamaw Neck Commercial Corridor Overlay District, bare galvanized chain link fencing shall be used only when not visible from adjoining properties or public thoroughfares.
You need to fill out a mobile home moving permit in the Building and Zoning Office at:129 Screven StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440
You may fill out an impact fee waiver. You can get this application from the Planning Department located at 129 Screven Street on the second floor. You must submit proof of household income, i.e. copies of the past year’s W-2 forms, when you submit this application.