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What is Annexation? 

Annexation is when your property becomes a part of Rock Hill’s city limits, and is no longer in an unincorporated area of York County.

Benefits of Annexation

Annexation into the City of Rock Hill provides many benefits to residents and business owners, including reduced water and sewer rates, a higher level of fire protection and law enforcement, and improved services. ISO Rating

Utility Service Policy

The City provides water and/or sewer to properties outside of the City limits at its discretion.  The City adopted a Utility Service Policy in 2002 to guide requests for water and/or sewer.  In exchange for water and/or sewer, property owners must sign a Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement and a Notice of Future Annexation, and new development must comply with the City’s design standards

Annexation and Rezoning

The City’s Utility Service Policy also guides initiation of and response to petitions for annexation.   A property must be contiguous to the City limits to be annexed. 

Sometimes annexation is initiated by the City.  The City initiates annexation when the property is in a “doughnut” hole; someone expresses interest in developing a property in the County that is contiguous to the City limits or could be made contiguous by the annexation of other properties with annexation agreements; or the property is in a high visibility area.  The City will contact the property owner when it is interested in pursuing annexation. 

Property owners can also request to be annexed because of their desire for City services.  If you are interested in annexing, please complete the Annexation Application

Since York County and the City of Rock Hill have different Zoning Ordinances and zoning districts, the zoning district of the property prior to annexation will be different from the zoning district of the property after annexation.  Therefore, the property will go through a rezoning process at the same time it goes through the annexation process. 

For questions about the annexation and rezoning process, please contact Eric Hawkins.

Cost/Cost Savings of Annexation

To get an estimate of the cost/cost savings of annexation, please contact Erin Musiol.

Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement and Notice of Future Annexation

The City provides water and/or sewer service to properties outside of the City limits at its discretion.  In exchange for water and/or sewer service, the property owner(s) must sign a Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement and a Notice of Future Annexation before utilities will be made available. 

The Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement is an agreement formalizing the City’s policy of extending water and/or sewer service to noncontiguous areas. By signing the agreement, the owner agrees to annex the property when it becomes contiguous to the City limits and the City decides it is the appropriate time to annex. 

The City also requires the property owner(s) to sign a Notice of Future Annexation stating that they understand the Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement and the cost/cost savings that may be realized upon annexation.

For local property owners the Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement and Notice of Future Annexation can be filled out at Customer Service (Room 260 of City Hall).  Please bring appropriate documentation with you (see Table 1). 

Non-local property owners may select the appropriate agreement in Table 1 based on the type of ownership, print the agreement, sign the agreement in front of two witnesses, have the agreement notarized, and mail it back to the address below.  Make sure to include proper documentation based on the type of ownership.  Please also print, sign, and mail back the Notice of Future Annexation.

Rock Hill Planning & Development
Attn:  Leigh Welch
PO Box 11706
Rock Hill, SC 29731

Note:  Please review the appropriate example signature page for guidance on filling out the agreement correctly.  Agreements that are filled out incorrectly will be returned to the applicant and could result in a delay in turning on the utilities at the property.  Only original documents will be accepted.  For help filling out the agreement over-the-phone, please contact Alex Boyce.

Table 1

Type of Ownership 

Who Must Sign 

Required Documentation 

Agreement 

Example Signature
Page 

Individual Owner

Owner

Deed

Water and/or
Sewer Service Agreement
for Individual Owner

Owner is an Individual

Two Owners 

Both Owners 

Deed

Water and/or
Sewer Service Agreement
for Two Owners
 

Two Owners 

Limited Liability
Company (LLC) 

Authorized Managing
Member 

Operating Agreement
or Resolution
empowering someone
to sign on behalf of the LLC 

Water and/or
Sewer Service Agreement
for LLC 

Owner is a LLC 

Limited Partnership
(LP) 

Authorized Managing
Partner 

Partnership Agreement
stating who can sign 

Water and/or
Sewer Service Agreement
for LP 

Owner is a LP 

Limited Liability
Partnership (LLP) 

Authorized Managing
Partner

Partnership Agreement
stating who can sign 

Water and/or
Sewer Service Agreement
for LLP 

Owner is a LLP 

General Partnership
(GP) 

All Partners

Partnership Agreement 

Water and/or
Sewer Service Agreement
for GP 

Owner is a GP 

Corporation (Inc.) 

Authorized Officer

Bylaws or Resolution
empowering someone
to sign on behalf of the Inc.

Water and/or
Sewer Service Agreement
for Inc.

Owner is an Inc.

Trustee(s)

All Trustees 

Trust Agreement 

Water and/or
Sewer Service Agreement
for Trustee(s) 

Owner is a trustee(s)

 

Notes:  Non-profits:  use Corporation agreement.  Churches:  use Trustee(s) agreement.  Et. Al.:  use individual owner or two owner agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Related Information:
Rezoning
Zoning Ordinance
City Services Webpage
Upcoming Public Hearings

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