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Model Ordinances & Sustainable Development Resource Tools

General Information

The model ordinances, policies, resolutions and best management practices contained within the tabs above are strictly for the purpose of providing information to citizens and local governments in applying techniques that may assist in moving toward more sustainable practices. This information has been gathered as a resource for individuals, local governments, and other entities to consider as a part of local emission reduction opportunities. While DHEC has no authority to implement land use planning or to include zoning in air permitting reviews, it recognizes that these can be useful tools in managing stationary and mobile source emissions.

The intent of of these model ordinances, policies, resolutions and best management practices is to produce samples that offer local government officials a great deal of operational and fiscal flexibility. However, these model ordinances, policies, resolutions and best managements practices are provided here only for review, reference, and example purposes. No document contained on this site constitutes a legal document or the provision of legal advice. For the model ordinance, policy, resolution or best management practice to be valid and legally enforceable it must be modified, reviewed, and approved by the appropriate local government board or council and the local government attorney or other legal counsel. Many of the provisions in this list are required under state or local laws while others are optional. All applicable state and local laws must be considered when implementing any of the ordinances, policies, resolutions or best management practices. All guidance and authority for what local governments must and may include in their ordinance is derived from the South Carolina State Planning Enabling Legislation.

Many of the ordinances included on this site assume that the local jurisdiction has adopted local comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, land development regulations and other regulatory plans in accordance with applicable state laws. Many of the ordinances, policies, resolutions and best management practices are stand-alone documents that may not require the implementation of a comprehensive plan.

Local Governments seeking assistance on developing and drafting ordinances, policies, resolutions or best management practices may contact their local Council of Governments for assistance. Local governments also may obtain assistance from the South Carolina Association of Counties, and the Municipal Association of South Carolina or a private consultant.

These ordinances are provided for reference and example purposes only and do not constitute the provision of legal advice. By opening any file on this site, you acknowledge having read and understood the Model Ordinance Disclaimer.

All documents linked below are in pdf format.


For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.