The Joint Board of Zoning Appeals for Greenwood County is the local body that considers and makes decisions concerning:
  • Appeals where it is alleged there is an error in an order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the staff in the enforcement of the zoning ordinance.
  • Appeals for variance from the requirements of the zoning ordinance when strict application of the provisions of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship.
  • Special exceptions as allowed within the zoning ordinance.
The Board may grant a variance in an individual case of unnecessary hardship if the Board finds:
  • There are extraordinary and exceptional conditions pertaining to the particular piece of property.
  • These conditions do not generally apply to other property in the vicinity.
  • Because of these conditions, the application of the ordinance to the particular piece of property would effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict the utilization of the property.
  • The authorization of the variance will not be of substantial detriment to adjacent property or to the public good, and the character of the district will not be harmed by the granting of the variance.

The Board of Zoning Appeals is made up of 9 members who are appointed by the various local governments: 4 from Greenwood County, 2 from the City of Greenwood, and 1 each from the Towns of Ninety Six, Troy, and Ware Shoals. These appointments are based on the population distribution throughout the County.

The Board of Zoning Appeals holds regular meetings on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Greenwood County Courthouse in accordance with a schedule that is approved at the beginning of the year. 

The Board of Zoning Appeals meetings include public hearings on all items on its agenda. These requests require public notification in a local newspaper, posting of signs on the subject property, and written notification to adjacent property owners.

The Board is the final review authority for variances to the zoning ordinance; Board of Zoning Appeals items do not go before county, city, or town councils. Appeals of the Board's decisions may by made to Circuit Court within 30 days of receipt of notification to the applicant of the decision of the Board.