Property must be kept clean. Junk piles, trash, appliances, etc. left out in front or back yards are ordinance violations. Items placed out for trash collection earlier than the day before scheduled pickup may result in fines.
To report a violation of the garbage and trash ordinances, please call the Neighborhood Inspections Office at (803) 329-7014. You do not need to give your name to file a report.
Property owners or tenants who have been cited and have not corrected the violations in the allotted time may be summoned to Environmental Court, where they may face fines.
Environmental Court is typically held the second Tuesday of the month at 9 AM in the Municipal Courtroom, 120 East Black Street. Cases include overgrown lots, property debris and structural violations. Zoning code violations also are heard before this court. Fines/penalties can be up to $1,092.50 or imprisonment for up to 30 days.
If the City has to abate the problem, owners will be billed and a lien placed on the property if the bill is not paid.
To report a violation, please call the Neighborhood Inspections Office at (803) 329-7014. You do not need to give your name to file a report.
Grass and Weeds
Property owners are responsible for keeping grass cut and debris picked up. If they do not bring the problem into compliance within 10 days, they may be summoned to Environmental Court, where they will face up to a $1092.50 fine or imprisonment for up to 30 days. They also may have liens placed against their property.
Inspectors respond to complaints about overgrown lots as quickly as possible. During the summer, though, the reports can number in the hundreds weekly.
To report a violation of the overgrown grass and weeds ordinance, please call the Neighborhood Inspections office at (803) 329-7014. You do not need to give your name to file a report.
Property owners will receive a citation from the environmental inspector if:
- Grass and/or weeds on your improved property is taller than 12 inches. Property with a house or other improvements is known as improved property.
- Grass and/or weeds on your vacant lot is taller than 18 inches.
- Your property is littered or has a collection of junk, debris, or vehicles that are inoperable or unregistered.
Vehicles parked on private property must be kept in operable condition and have current tags and registration. If you are restoring or repairing a vehicle, you must keep it enclosed in a building (like a garage) or under a carport.
An inoperable/unregistered vehicle is one that is in a wrecked, dismantled, or inoperable condition, or lacking current tags and registration. If you have these or receive a citation for an inoperable/unregistered vehicle, please repair, register, or remove it from the property immediately, or it will be subject to towing. Although the City does not endorse any specific company or program, there are organizations that will pay you a salvage fee to haul your vehicle off your property.
To report a violation of the vehicle ordinance, please call the Neighborhood Inspections Office at (803) 329-7014. You do not need to give your name to file a report.
If there is a vehicle on your property that is inoperable or unregistered, it is subject to the following procedure:
- An environmental inspector will tag the vehicle and record the date, place, type of vehicle, and its condition.
- The owner of the vehicle or person at the property will be given seven days to repair, tag or remove the vehicle.
- If the vehicle has not been brought into compliance after seven days, it will be towed by a contracted wrecker service. To get the vehicle back, the owner will have to pay the cost of towing and storage.