The Mayor and City Staff are working all day, every day, to be as prepared and equipped as possible to best serve our citizens and businesses throughout this COVID-19 event. We have coordinated with local Grocery Stores to establish Senior Shopping Hours in order to more safely serve our Seniors and Vulnerable Adults.

Additionally, as we see some people not properly practicing Social Distancing and other proper measures, this Declaration may serve a way to further highlight that this situation is real, serious, and deserving of our full attention.

The City implores you to please follow CDC guidelines on proper hygiene practices, social distancing and group gathering sizes.

What does a State of Emergency mean for the City of Walterboro:

Recognizes that we are entering the acceleration phase of the virus and although there is only one confirmed case at this time, that number is likely to grow.
Intended to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and encourages joint efforts from business and residents to follow the recommendations from the CDC.
Encourages our citizens to stay home and to make only necessary public outings.
Establishes Emergency Criteria for emergency City Council meetings.
Establishes alternative responses to calls and services for city personnel and our first responders.
Supports our joint efforts with other municipalities in the area who have also declared a State of Emergency.

What the State of Emergency does NOT mean:

There is no curfew set in place at this time.
There is no order to shelter in place set at this time.
Not an order to close businesses.

This declaration is to ensure that our residents and visitors aretaking heed to all the CDC guidelines and orders placed by Governor McMaster.

“Our behavior and compliance with guidelines matter. It will help “Flatten the Curve” and keep the level to which COVID-19 affects Walterboro to a minimum. We are all in this together and if we all support each other, including our businesses that are being affected daily, we will all get through this together.”



 In an attempt to protect our citizens and our personnel amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Walterboro Police Department and Colleton County Sheriff’s Office will be moving into the third tier of modified operations.  This change is in continued support of the emergency declarations from both President Trump and Governor McMaster and based on collaborative recommendations from all Essential Support personnel with the Colleton County Fire Rescue Emergency Management.

Until further notice, officers and deputies will be responding to complaints of non-emergency incidents that have occurred in the past with a telephone call to the complainant.  Incident reports will still be written and follow-up investigations, where necessary, will still occur.  Examples of calls that are likely to receive a phone call response are thefts or vandalisms that have already occurred.

 The Walterboro Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center will be closed to in-person lobby services until further notice. 

 The Walterboro Police Department and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to ensure the safety of our citizens and our community.  This alternative plan will in no way inhibit proactive patrolling and rapid response to emergency situations.

 The procedure for citizens remains unchanged.  Always call 911 if there is an emergency.  If it is a non-emergency, please call the Colleton County Dispatch Center as 843-549-2211.



Enacting Senior/Vulnerable Adult Hour for local Grocery Stores

The City of Walterboro will continue to assist local businesses and residents during this time. Mayor Young has worked diligently with local grocery stores to establish a Senior/Vulnerable Adult Hour. Effective, Friday, March 27, 2020, this hour will be observed as the first hour the store is open. For example, Bi-Lo has enacted their hour from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM. This will allow our seniors or adults with risk factors, such as auto-immune disorders, to shop with less traffic inside.

               Upon this declaration, the City of Walterboro will be helping our local stores by posting flyers with senior hours and store hours. We ask that residents continue to do their part to help vulnerable community members during this time. We will be posting updates on small businesses on social media during this time to help the lines of communication remain strong.

Below is a list of participating stores:






6:00 AM- 7:00 AM



7:00 AM- 8:00 AM

H&D Super Market


7:00 AM- 8:00 AM

Piggly Wiggly


7:00 AM- 8:00 AM



7:00 AM- 8:00 AM



8:00 AM- 9:00 PM

 Mayor Young requests for the citizens of Walterboro to follow the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to include practicing good hygiene (washing hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface), observing social distancing measures, avoiding any unnecessary travel and we are urging people to stay home and only make those public outings that are absolutely necessary.



Mayor Bill Young has declared an official State of Emergency for the City of Walterboro to help safeguard against the spread of COVID-19.  



The City of Walterboro is announcing a series of closures effective immediately:

  • City Hall and the Citizen Services Center will not be open to the public starting 8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 17th and will be limited to accepting water bill payments, permit applications and business license payments at the drive-thru window at the Citizen Services Center at 300 Hampton Street.
  • For any water bill or business license questions, please call (843) 782-1065. For all building permit applications or garbage collection inquiries, please call (843) 782-1002. 
  • Customers can also pay water bills at the night drop box and by phone by calling 1-888-604-7888 (plc #8273).
  • Online services will also be offered at the City’s website,
  • Water service will not be shut off for non-payment during the State of Emergency.
  • All municipal court proceedings, including jury trials are postponed until further notice. Please call municipal court at (843) 782-1057 with any questions.
  • The Walterboro Wildlife Center and the Walterboro Welcome Center will also be closed to the public until further notice.
  • Trash pickup and yard debris collection will continue as scheduled.
  • Police and fire service will continue to operate normally with no reduction in services.



After consultation with the members of Walterboro City Council and city staff, Mayor Bill Young has issued the following statement: Because of the COVID – 19 out-break we will be postponing upcoming events in the City of Walterboro. These events that we look forward to and enjoy can now make us sick. 

Slowing the spread of this virus will hasten the time when we will be able to return to our normal lives and restore economic activity. These actions will help protect us all, especially the elderly and the most vulnerable among us. We should understand that if we have large numbers of people get ill at the same time, everyone may not be able to get the medical care that they need. Postponing these events will save lives.

Dr. Deborah Birx with the Coronavirus Task Force stated that everyone with any kind of respiratory illness should assume that it is contagious and avoid contact with others and also that a negative Covid-19 test today does not mean that you will continue to be virus free in the future.

Events being postponed include: The WHAM Festival, all Rice Festival Events, Charleston Jazz, Tour de Lowcountry, Walterboro Downtown Criterium, as well as April and May’s First Thursday Events.

New dates for these events will be announced soon.

Additionally, this morning the Center for Disease Control recommended that ALL other events of 50 people or more be canceled for the next two months.

To assist our small businesses, I’m asking city staff to gather information on federal assistance, and make that information available to those businesses needing to seek help during this national emergency.

You are encouraged to continue to wash your hands, cough into your elbow, practice social distancing, avoid unnecessary public outings, and stay home if you are sick. Together we will get through this pandemic.


The City of Walterboro has been monitoring the Coronavirus known as COVID-19 that has been progressing throughout South Carolina, with our concentration on Walterboro and Colleton County. Mayor Young, along with City Officials, have been attending and monitoring all Emergency Management meetings and releases regarding COVID-19 from both a state and local level.

We want our residents to know that we as a City are taking precautionary measures to stay on top of the possible spread of this virus in our area. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will keep you informed of any event closures or special restrictions on businesses.

We encourage you to go out and support the local restaurants and other small business while practicing proper hygienic measures. These small businesses that we all cherish, need us now more than ever.  All our restaurants offer both dine-in and take-out service.

Below is a list of important links and ways to follow all developing COVID-19 information:


CONTACT: Amye Stivender, PIO                                                                                                          

PHONE: 843-782-1008 (office)

               843-898-1162 (cell)


Board of Zoning Appeals

General Information

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the second Monday of each month.

  • To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in an order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of this Ordinance. 

  • To hear and decide requests for variance from the requirements of this Ordinance when strict application of the provisions of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship. Variances shall be approved in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 11.3.

  • To permit uses by special exception subject to the terms and conditions for the uses set forth in the Permitted Uses Table in Section 2.4 as Special Exceptions.  Special Exceptions shall be approved in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 11.3. 

 Section 10.3 Board of Zoning Appeals

10.3.1 Membership

A. The Board shall be composed of five (5) persons who are citizens of Walterboro. 

B. All members shall be appointed to staggered terms of three years by the City Council, and after that time until their successors are appointed.

C. A vacancy in the membership must be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of City Council.

D. The City may remove any member of the Board for cause.  The existence of cause shall be discussed by the Council in executive session as permitted by the Freedom of Information Act, SC Code §30-4-70 (a) (1), and the determination of removal shall be by vote in public session declaring a vacancy in the position without a statement of cause.  Any fact, which in the discretion of the Council, is deemed to adversely affect the public interest, including lack of attendance at meetings, may constitute cause. 

E. None of the members shall hold any elected public office or position in the City or Colleton County. 

10.3.2 Procedures

A. The Board shall elect one of its members chairman, who shall serve for one year or until (s)he is re-elected or his successor is elected and qualified.  The Board shall appoint a secretary who may be an officer of the City.

B. The Board shall adopt rules of procedure in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance.

C. Meetings of the Board must be held at the call of the chairman and at such other times as the Board may determine.  Public notice of all meetings of the Board of Appeals shall be provided by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality or county. 

D. In cases involving variances or special exceptions conspicuous notice shall be posted on or adjacent to the property affected, with at least one such notice being visible from each public thoroughfare that abuts the property. 

E. The chairman or, in his or her absence, the acting chairman, may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses by subpoena.

F. The Board shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question, or if absent or failing to vote, indicating that fact, and shall keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which must be immediately filed in the office of the Board and must be a public record.

G. The Board shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of the appeal or other matter referred to it, and give at least fifteen days' public notice of it in a newspaper of general circulation in the community, as well as due notice to the parties in interest, and decide that same within a reasonable time.  At the hearing any party may appear in person or by agent or by attorney. 

H. The Board of Zoning Appeals may, in conformity with the provisions of this Chapter, reverse or affirm, wholly or in part, or may modify the order, requirements, decision, or determination, and to that end shall have all the powers of the officer from whom the appeal is taken and may issue or direct the issuance of a permit.  The Board in the execution may certify this fact to the Colleton County circuit court. 

I. All final decisions and orders of the Board must be in writing and be permanently filed in the office of the Board as a public record.  All findings of fact and conclusions of law must be separately stated in final decisions or orders of the Board, which must be delivered to parties of interest by certified mail.

10.3.3 Powers and Duties

The Board of Zoning Appeals shall function in strict accordance with and pursuant to this Ordinance and shall have the following powers: 

A. Appeals.  To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in an order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Ordinance.

1. Appeals to the Board may be taken by any person aggrieved or by any officer, department, Board, or bureau of the City or County. 

2. The appeal must be taken within 30 days of the date the appealing party has received actual notice of the action from which the appeal is taken by filing with the officer from whom the appeal is taken and with the Board of Appeals notice of appeal specifying the grounds of it.

3. The officer from whom the appeal is taken immediately shall transmit to the Board all the papers constituting the record upon which the action appealed from was taken.

4. An appeal stays all legal proceedings in furtherance of the action appealed from, unless the officer from whom the appeal is taken certifies to the Board, after the notice of appeal has been filed with him, that by reason of facts stated in the certificate a stay would, in his opinion, cause imminent peril to life and property.  In that case, proceedings may not be stayed otherwise than by a restraining order which may be granted by the Board or by a court of record on application, on notice to the officer from whom the appeal is taken, and on due cause shown. 

B. Variances.  To hear and decide requests for variance from the requirements of this Ordinance when strict application of the provisions of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship.  Variances shall be approved in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 11.3. 

1. The Board may not grant a variance the effect of which would be to allow the establishment of a use not otherwise permitted in a zoning district, to extend physically a non-conforming use of land, or to change the zoning district boundaries shown on the official zoning map.  The fact that property may be utilized more profitable, should a variance be granted, may not be considered grounds for a variance.  Other requirements are prescribed by this zoning ordinance. 

2. The City by ordinance may permit or preclude the granting of a variance for a use of land, a building, or a structure that is prohibited in a given district, and if it does permit such a variance, it may require the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Board members present and voting.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the City may overrule the decision of the Board concerning a use variance.

3. In granting a variance, the Board may attach to it such conditions regarding the location character, or other features of the proposed building, structure, or use as the Board may consider advisable to protect established property values in the surrounding area, or the promote the public health, safety, or general welfare. 

4. A variance may be granted in an individual case of unnecessary hardship if the Board makes and explains in writing the following findings:

a. There are extraordinary and exceptional conditions pertaining to the particular piece of property;

b. These conditions do not generally apply to other property in the vicinity;

c. 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; and

d. The authorization of a variance will not be of substantial detriment to adjacent property of to the public good, and the character of the district will not be harmed by the granting of the variance.

C. Special Exceptions.  To permit uses by special exception subject to the terms and conditions for the uses set forth in the Permitted Uses Table in Section 2.4 as Special Exceptions.  Special Exceptions shall be approved in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 11.3. 

10.3.5 Contempt and Penalty

In case of contempt by a party, witness, or other person before the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board may certify this fact to the circuit court of the county in which the contempt occurs and the judge of the court, in open court or in chambers, after hearing, may impose a penalty as authorized by law. 

10.3.6 Appeal from the Board of Zoning Appeals

A. A person who may have a substantial interest in any decision of the Board of Appeals or an officer or agent of the appropriate governing authority may appeal from a decision of the Board to the circuit court in and for the County by filing with the Clerk of the Court a petition in writing setting forth plainly, fully, and distinctly why the decision is contrary to law.  The appeal must be filed within thirty days after the decision of the Board is mailed.

B. Upon the filing of the appeal, the clerk of the circuit court shall give immediate notice of it to the secretary of the Board and within 30 days from the time of the notice the Board shall file with the clerk a certified copy of the proceedings held before the Board of appeals, including a transcript of the evidence heard before it, if any, and the decision of the Board including its findings of fact and conclusions. 

C. The filing of an appeal in the circuit court from a decision of the Board shall not ipso facto act as a supersedeas, but the judge of the circuit court may in his discretion grant a supersedeas upon such terms and conditions as may seem reasonable and proper. 

D. At the next term of the circuit court or in chambers, upon 10 days' notice to the parties, the presiding judge of the circuit court of the county shall proceed to hear and pass upon the appeal on the certified record of the Board proceedings.  the findings of fact by the Board of Zoning Appeals shall be treated in the same manner as a finding of fact by a jury, and the court may not take additional evidence.  In the event the judge determines that the certified record is insufficient for review, the matter may be remanded to the Board of Zoning Appeals for rehearing.  In determining the questions presented by the appeal, the court shall determine only whether the decision of the Board is correct as a matter of law. 

E. In the event that the decision of the Board is reversed by the circuit court, the Board is charged with the costs, and the costs must be paid by the governing authority, which established the Board of Zoning Appeals.

10.3.7 Appeal to the Supreme Court

A party in interest who is aggrieved by the judgment rendered by the circuit court upon the appeal may appeal in the same manner as provided by law for appeals from other judgments of the circuit court in law cases.

Repeats every month on the second Monday until Mon Jul 13 2020 except Mon Dec 16 2019.
April 13, 2020


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