The Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability is comprised of the following divisions: Administration, Business & Neighborhood Services, Design (Civic Design Center), Planning, Preservation & Urban Design, and Zoning. The Department also administers seven public review boards.
To improve the built environment and quality of life for all people in the City of Charleston.
Use the Comprehensive Plan as a guiding document for a more resilient and equitable future
Restore, protect, and preserve historic neighborhoods
Facilitate construction of new neighborhoods that are compact and include a mix of uses
Facilitate projects, programs, and policies that create affordable housing and transportation options
Cultivate healthy and diverse commercial districts
Consider environmental quality in all of our actions
Advocate for excellence in design
Collaborate across departments to solve complex problems
Offer excellent, courteous, and professional service
Public access to the City of Charleston's Zoning Map. Look up base zoning and overlay zoning information for any property in the city. The Zoning Ordinance includes rules and standards related to land use.
Keep informed of current projectsincluding amendments to zoning regulations, major rezoning initiatives, and other special planning projects.
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