planning & Development

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Brandon Roberts

Planning & Development Director


Madison Workman

Planning and GIS

Hours of Operation

9am-5pm Monday - Friday

Email: planninganddevelopment@cityoflaurenssc.com

Office: (864) 984-2613 - Fax: (864) 681-2613



Building Code

The purpose of this code is to provide minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare, through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.

Building Official

The building official is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provision of this code. The building official shall have the authority to render interpretations of this code and to adopt policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of its provisions. Such interpretations, policies and procedures shall be in conformance with the intent and purpose of this code. Such policies and procedures shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in this code.


The building official is authorized to make all of the required inspections, or the building official shall have the authority to accept reports of inspection by approved agencies or individuals. Reports of such inspections shall be in writing and be certified by a responsible officer of such approved agency or by the responsible individual. The building official is authorized to engage such expert opinion as deemed necessary to report upon unusual technical issues that arise, subject to the approval of the appointing authority.

Required Certificate

The purpose of a Certificate of Occupancy inspection is to ensure that the residential or commercial structure meets the City’s safety guidelines for that structure’s intended use. This inspection is conducted to maintain the safety of all City of Laurens residents and visitors who may be present at that structure. The city guidelines for these inspections for both residential and commercial structures are attached below. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact our department.


Please be aware that a Certificate of Occupancy inspection for a residential property is $30 and a commercial property is $60. These can be paid at city hall with cash, check, or card when you fill out the Certificate of Occupancy inspection request form. The fee covers the application processing, the inspection, and one potential reinspection (if needed). If a second reinspection is required and the inspector must inspect the property a third time for the same Certificate of Occupancy request, then additional fees will occur.  All Commercial property inspections will be conducted by the Building Official and the Fire Marshall.

Business License

Every person engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupancy or profession listed in the rate classification index portion of the ordinance, in whole or in part, within the limits of the City of Laurens, South Carolina, is required to pay an annual license fee and obtain a business license.


Any person violating any provision of the ordinance shall be deemed guilty of an offense and shall be subject to a fine of up to $500.00 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days upon conviction. Each day of violation shall be considered a separate offense. Punishment for violation shall not relieve the offender of liability for delinquent penalties and costs provided.

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Contractors must be licensed through the South Carolina Contractor’s Licensing Board.

City of Laurens
Boards and Commissions

Planning Commission

      • The City of Laurens Planning Commission makes recommendations to City Council on the following topics: Zoning and Annexation requests, Overlay district expansions, City of Laurens Comprehensive Plan updates, and Subdivision approvals.

      • Planning Commission has 9 members that meet once a month on the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am.

Board of Zoning Appeals

      • The City of Laurens’s Board of Zoning Appeals reviews variations from the City Ordinance requests, land use issues, and administrative decision appeals.

      • The Board of Zoning appeals has 5 members and meets as needed based on requests.

Historic Preservation Commission

      • The City of Laurens’s Historic Preservation Commission oversees changes and requests by any property that is within the Historic Preservation Overlay District. These include Architectural changes, Sign approvals, Certificate of Appropriateness application requests, etc. Their goal is to preserve and protect the properties within the Historic Preservation Overlay District.

      • The Historic Preservation Commission has Seven members that meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm.

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