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The Community Development Department coordinates the permitting and development functions for the current and future residential, commercial, and industrial interests of Lexington County. These activities are accomplished by several divisions in cooperation with other County departments and outside agencies.
The Development Services Division and Building Inspections and Safety Division are responsible for many of the County's development review services. This includes zoning permits, building inspections and permits, and landscape permits. The Land Development Division oversees plan review for all land disturbance and issues permits, including commercial and residential. In addition, this division is charged with overseeing construction site compliance, floodplain management, and water quality programs.
The Department also promotes community development through the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Emergency Solution Grant Program (ESG) and the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) which are funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
CDBG project activities are targeted to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods located in the unincorporated areas of the County.
HOME funds provide a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rental, homeownership.
The jurisdiction for most activities of the Department is the unincorporated portions of Lexington County.
Do you have questions about buildings/safety inspections, development review services or questions about the Community Development Block Grant or the HOME Investment Partnerships Program in Lexington County? Email your questions to BuildingInspections@lex-co.com or CDCustomerService@lex-co.com. A representative from our staff will respond to your question in a timely manner.