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The most common types of projects that require permits are:
This list is not all inclusive. Please call the Building & Codes Department at 803-547-2034 for additional information.
All workers of all types must have a Town of Fort Mill business license. For more information, please email our business license staff.
For residential work exceeding $200 but less than $5,000, one of the following State of South Carolina certifications is required in addition to the Town of Fort Mill business license:
For residential work over $5,000, one of the following is required in addition to the Town of Fort Mill business license:
Commercial work over $5,000 requires a South Carolina General Contractors License in addition to the Town of Fort Mill business license.
For work up to $5,000, one of the following is required in addition to the Town of Fort Mill business license:
For work over $5,000, a South Carolina Mechanical Contractors License is required in addition to the Town of Fort Mill business license.
Homeowners may obtain permits to do work on their own residence except mechanical and gas installations. For the homeowner to do electrical work (maintenance only, not new construction) on their residence (totaling less than $250), an electrical permit must be issued. For work totaling more than $250, the homeowner must contract with a State of South Carolina licensed electrician.
Any individual doing work on someone else’s property is considered a contractor and shall meet the licensing and permitting requirements.
Learn about obtaining a permit for building or demolition.
Please Note: This list is not all inclusive. For questions, please contact our Building & Codes Department at 803-547-2034.
Performed after the trenches have been excavated and any forms or reinforcement required are in place prior to pouring concrete.
Performed after any plumbing, mechanical or electrical components that are located under the slab are installed.
Performed when all electrical, mechanical and plumbing elements under the slab have been inspected and approved and the soil treatment, moisture barrier and any required reinforcement is in place prior to pouring concrete.
For crawl space construction this is performed when the foundation walls are up, the girders and bands are in place and the strapping is attached, prior to installing floor decking. Any drainage system to be installed in the crawl space is to be in at this time.
Masonry Wall Tie Beams:
Masonry walls requiring vertical reinforcement or reinforced bond beans/lintels are to be inspected when reinforcement is in place and prior to pouring concrete.
Performed after the exterior wall sheathing is applied and before any energy wrap, siding or brick is installed. This inspection can take place as separate inspection or at the same time as the framing inspection.
Performed after the electrical, mechanical and plumbing roughs are completed, the roof and framing is completed, including all fire blocking and bracing, and the windows and doors installed. In commercial buildings the mechanical, electrical and plumbing inspections may be performed separately depending on the size of the project.
Performed after the framing has passed inspection and after all walls and floors required to be insulated are completed. Any ceiling areas that are not to have blown insulation are to be completed at this time.
3 circuits which include GFIC, lights and heat or cool circuit only
All others circuit not made up in breaker panel
Permanent Power: (meter set)
For residential installations this inspection is performed when all circuits have been completed, receptacles and covers installed, ceiling outlets wire nutted and covered and the electric panel completed with all circuit breakers installed (an exception may be considered for receptacle installed in areas to be tiled or with special order counters or cabinets).
This is when a building is fully complete, and all services are connected and operational. Ready for the customer/ tenant to take ownership and/or move in.
If you need to request an Inspection, please email the request to email@example.com or use our online inspection request form. Please be sure to include the lot number, address, permit number, type of inspection needed, contractor, and a contact name and telephone number with your request. Please note that inspection results will not be given over the phone.
For general information regarding Building & Codes, permitting, or business licensing, please call 803-547-2034.
Please note that the Town of Fort Mill does not issue any state licenses, only Town of Fort Mill business licenses.
Impact fees represent financial payments made by a builder or developer to a unit of local government for the purpose of funding certain off-site capital improvements needed to accommodate new growth. Fees may be collected for a variety of public facilities and services, including: transportation, water, sewer, municipal facilities (such as public works, planning, building and permitting, engineering and general administration), storm water, police and fire protection, and parks. In the state of South Carolina, municipal and county governments may adopt impact fees pursuant to the South Carolina Development Impact Fee Act (S.C. Code of Laws, Sec. 6-1-910 et seq).
As communities grow, the demands placed on surrounding infrastructure continue to rise. Eventually, these demands will necessitate additional capacity improvements to maintain adequate levels of public service. Impact fees provide a means for orderly development by mitigating the negative impacts of new growth, while passing costs onto new development rather than existing taxpayers. Impact fees are most useful in communities that are experiencing rapid growth and have significant land available for development.
Pursuant to Ordinance No. 2015-12, adopted by Fort Mill Town Council on August 24, 2015, the town began collecting impact fees for parks and recreation (residential only), fire protection and municipal facilities and equipment, on October 1, 2015.
Impact fees are calculated using a formula contained within the impact fee ordinance. Impact fees are based upon generally accepted industry criteria, including the U.S. Census Bureau and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) data. Per capita and per employee replacement costs were determined based on the Development Impact Fee Study Report for Fort Mill.
In instances where an applicant contends that the assumptions included within the impact fee ordinance are not accurate for the intended use, the ordinance allows an applicant to perform an independent fee calculation (at the applicant’s expense). The ordinance also authorizes credit agreements for approved monetary or in-kind contributions.
The following formulas contains the multiplication symbol (x).
Parks and Recreation Impact Fee Formula Residential: Number of Dwelling Units x Persons per Household (U.S. Census) x Replacement Cost per Capita x Discount Rate Non-Residential: Not Applicable Fire Protection Impact Fee Formula Residential: Number of Dwelling Units x Persons per Household (U.S. Census) x Replacement Cost per Capita x Discount RateNon-Residential: Number of Units (SF, Rooms, Beds, etc.) x Average Employee Space Ratio (ITE) x Replacement Cost per Employee x Discount Rate Municipal Facilities & Equipment Impact Fee Formula Residential: Number of Dwelling Units x Persons per Household (U.S. Census) x Replacement Cost per Capita x Discount RateNon-Residential: Number of Units (SF, Rooms, Beds, etc.) x Average Employee Space Ratio (ITE) x Replacement Cost per Employee x Discount Rate
The Development Impact Fee Study Report for Fort Mill was used to determine the maximum per capita and per employee replacement cost for the four impact fee categories, and the fees for each category are calculated based on the actual replacement cost for all new development. As a matter of policy, the Fort Mill Town Council elected to discount the maximum allowable fees to provide a reasonable fee for residential and non-residential investments and to ensure that the impact fees collected do not exceed the cost to provide capital facilities and equipment that accommodate new development. Effective July 1, 2020, the Fort Mill Town Council adopted the following discount rates in the impact fee ordinance: parks and recreation (10%), fire protection (10%), and municipal facilities and equipment (10%). These discount rates will be automatically applied to any impact fees charged for new development.
Impact fees must be paid in full prior to the issuance of a building permit. Impact fees may be paid by cash or check. Fees may also be paid by credit or debit card with a 3% service charge.
The provisions of impact fee ordinance shall apply to all new development or redevelopment within Town limits for which a building permit or development approval is required. Consistent with state law, the impact fee ordinance authorizes exemptions for the following types of construction projects: rebuilding, remodeling, repairing or replacing an existing structure (provided there is no increase in the number of service units); residential additions; construction trailers and temporary offices; neighborhood amenities (playgrounds, tennis courts, clubhouses, etc.), volunteer fire stations, elementary schools, middle schools, secondary schools, and affordable housing units which meet minimum eligibility requirements.
In the event that a fee payer or Town staff contend that the land use for which the building permit is being sought is not within those land uses identified in Exhibit A, or if the fee payer contends that the Exhibit A calculations are not accurate for its intended use, then the Planning Director will make a determination as to the most comparable land use category to assume for calculating impact fees. If the fee payer disagrees with the determination of the Planning Director or if the Town otherwise deems it appropriate, an independent impact fee calculation may be performed to quantify the fair share of system improvement costs attributable to the development. Preparation of an independent impact fee calculation will immediately halt the building permit application process until such time that the necessary calculation is deemed complete by the Planning Director. If an independent calculation is requested, it must accompany the building permit application and be prepared in accordance with the impact fee ordinance. When an application for a building permit has been made that contains two or more land uses in any combination, including two or more land uses within a single building or structure, the total development impact fee assessment shall be the sum of the products for each land use, unless an independent impact fee calculation is performed and approved for use by the Planning Director.
A developer may file an administrative appeal with the Town Manager regarding the payment of development impact fees, independent calculation of impact fees, or credits or reimbursements by filing a written Notice of Appeal. The Notice shall be filed within thirty days of the decision which is subject to the appeal. The filing of an appeal will immediately halt the building permit application process, unless the developer posts a bond or submits an irrevocable letter of credit for the full amount of the development impact fees as calculated by the town. The Town manager will have thirty days to review the appeal and render a decision. Administrative appeals may be further appealed to the Fort Mill Town Council. A fee payer may pay development impact fees under protest. Payment under protest does not preclude the developer from filing an administrative appeal nor is the fee payer estopped from receiving a refund of an amount considered to have been collected illegally. A fee payer, at his option, may also post a bond or submit an irrevocable letter of credit for the amount of development impact fees due instead of making a cash payment under protest, pending the outcome of an appeal.
In most instances, impact fees will generally be charged only for new construction. In the case of a change, redevelopment, or modification of an existing land use, an impact fee may be required if the proposed use results in a substantial increase in service impact. In this instance, the fee will be based only on the net difference between the impact fee for the proposed use and the impact fee that would have been assigned for the current or former use.
Development impact fees shall not be imposed on a fee payer or developer who has entered into an agreement with the Town for certain contribution, payment, construction, or donation up to the cash value of specific improvements identified within the agreement. Any difference between total development impact fees due for the development and the cash value of the executed agreement remain eligible for collection pursuant to the rules and requirements of the ordinance. To be eligible for a credit, the monetary or in-kind contribution must be made toward one or more of the public facilities included in the Town of Fort Mill Capital Improvements Plan. An applicant who wishes to receive a credit against future impact fees must submit an Application for Credit Agreement. Applications will be reviewed within thirty days by a committee made up of the Town Manager, Finance Director, Code Enforcement Officer and Town Engineer.
Funds not obligated for expenditure within three (3) years of the date that they are scheduled to be expended in the Town of Fort Mill Capital Improvements Plan shall be refunded to the record owner of property for which the impact fees were paid, with actual interest earned, on a first-in, first-out basis. The owner of property eligible for a refund of one or more development impact fee payments shall submit to the Town Planning Director a notarized sworn statement that the person is the current owner of the property for which a refund is due, a certified copy of the latest recorded deed, and a copy of the most recent ad valorem tax bill for the property. When a right to a refund exists, the Town shall send a refund to the current owner of record within ninety (90) days after it is determined by Town Council that a refund is due. All refunds shall include the pro rata portion of the interest earned while on deposit in the specific development impact fee trust account. A record owner of property for which one or more development impact fee refunds are due has standing to sue for such refund pursuant to Section 6-1-1020(D) of the Act if there has not been a good-faith effort towards a timely payment of a refund pursuant to this section.
The basis for the impact fees (cost per capita, cost per employee and cost per trip) may only be changed upon an update of the Development Impact Fee Study Report. The report and capital improvements plan will be updated by the town no less than every five years. The discount rates are established by town council and may be changed by council at any time in the future. Any change to the existing discount rates must be done by ordinance, and will require two readings and a public hearing.
Development impact fees collected pursuant to the ordinance will be kept separate from other revenue of the Town. The ordinance establishes a trust fund for each of the impact fee categories included in the ordinance. Funds from development impact fee trust accounts shall be expended only for the public facilities and system improvements identified as eligible for impact fee funding in the Town of Fort Mill Capital Improvements Plan. No funds shall be used for administrative or operating costs associated with imposing any of the development impact fees. Eligible components of a public facility may include, but are not limited to, the following: design and construction; land acquisition; right-of-way acquisition; construction of new facilities; the purchase of new equipment with an individual purchase price of $100,000 or more; principal payments, interest and other financing charges.
You may stop by Station 1 at 121 Tom Hall Street from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to obtain a burn permit that is good only for the day it is issued.
No, you cannot burn inside the town limits during a state wide burn ban. Depending on the local conditions, the Fire Marshal may implement a burn ban until conditions are more favorable for burning.
Yes, recreational burn pits that are used for cooking or heating purposes are allowed inside the town limits. The burn pit must be located more than 15 feet away from a structure or other flammable materials. Please ensure that the fire is not left unattended and is completely extinguished before being left unattended.
Yes. Please call Station 1 at 803-547-5511 to schedule a time to have a member of our team come assist you. Our personnel cannot help with the install of a commercial type system, but will assist with changing alarms if they need to be replaced.
Due to liability issues, we will only unlock a vehicle if a person, animal, or prescribed medication is locked inside the vehicle.
Please call 803-547-5511 and select the option for the fire marshal on the automated message. If the Fire Marshal does not answer, please leave a detailed message about the inspection need along with location and someone will return your call to arrange a time for the inspection.
Please call (803) 547-5511 and select the option for the fire marshal on the automated message. If the Fire Marshal does not answer, please leave a detailed message about the inspection need someone will return your call to arrange a time for the inspection. These inspections are done by appointment only.
Positions are listed on the Self-Service Portal. You can apply using that tool or you can call and request a paper application to be mailed to you.
All applications are kept on file for six months from the date of the last update.
Job postings can be found on the Human Resource Page, Self Service Portal of the Town Website.
Due to the volume of applications we receive, applications are accepted only for posted positions.
Although we accept resumes, applicants are required to complete the Town of Fort Mill employment application for open positions. It is important that the application be completed in its entirety.
No. If you use the portal you can apply for more than one position at the same time. If submitting a paper application, you can indicate on the application which positions you are applying for.
Applicants will be contacted by the Hiring Supervisor if they are selected for an interview.
If you are selected for a position, you will be contacted by the Hiring Supervisor or Human Resources. Regretfully, due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to contact every applicant that applies for every position, however, if you are a candidate that was interviewed, you will be contacted when the position if filled.
If you need to reschedule your court date and it is before your scheduled appearance, you need to contact the officer at 803-547-2022. You may have to leave a message. You may also request a continuance in open court, however, you will need a valid reason to do so. Valid reasons may include the need to get or consult an attorney or to request a jury trial. The presiding judge may continue the court date on your scheduled court date depending on the circumstances of the case.
If you were given a court date and time, you will need to either: Appear and plea or ask for a continuance/jury trial or pay the ticket (if applicable) prior to court.
If you do not appear, you are subject to having your driver’s license suspended in the case of traffic charges or having a warrant issued for your arrest in the case of criminal charges.
Your case will be heard as scheduled unless you can provide written documentation as to why you could not make your court date as scheduled. This documentation will need to be provided before 4 p.m. on the date of your trial for judicial review. If you do not receive resolution on your court date, you will need to contact the court at 803-547-2120.
All cases in the Fort Mill Municipal Court are heard and evaluated on their individual merits. Each element is considered when a judge makes a decision. Other than the judge, no one can say what she/he would do in your particular case.
According to sate statute, you may represent yourself. Your have the right to introduce evidence, examine and cross-examine witnesses, make closing arguments and otherwise present a defense to the charges. You will be held to the same standards as an attorney.
Yes, your child will need to go to court.
In most cases, the ticket may be paid without an appearance, however, there are traffic charges that do require an appearance for traffic violations, regardless of age. If you have any questions regarding required appearances for traffic charges call 803-547-2120.
There are 3 possible pleas to a criminal charge: Not Guilty, Guilty, and No Contest. In a Not Guilty plea, you deny guilt and the Town must prove the criminal charge against you. In a Guilty plea, you admit you committed the act(s) charged, that the act(s) are prohibited by law, and that you have no legal defense for such act(s). In a No Contest (or nolo contendere) plea, you neither admit guilty nor deny it.
Depending the alleged offense(s), you are entitled to a trial by jury. You are entitled to hear all testimony against you. You have a right to cross-examine any witness who testifies against you, to testify on your own behalf and you hold a Constitutional right not to testify. If you choose not to testify, a refusal cannot and will not be used against you in determining guild or innocence. However, if you choose to testify, the Town will have the right to cross-examine you.
You may call witnesses to testify on your behalf and have the right to have the court issue subpoenas for witness to ensure appearance at trial.
No, you either need to appear or pay the fine prior to your court date.
Fort Mill Municipal Court schedules its regular court sessions Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Depending on the docket and case load, sessions may last longer than an hour.
While a prayer for judgment is used in North Carolina, it is not available in South Carolina.
You must appear on you designated court date and time. Judges do not talk about pending cases without all parties present. You may contact the officer for continuance after the initial court date if you are unable to appear.
Payment indicates a guilty plea and forfeiture of fine monies. Appearing on your court date gives you a chance to ask for a reduction in fines or plead not guilty.
The DMV may be reached at 803-896-5000.
You will need to pay the amount(s) outstanding with the particular agency. Each agency will give you a form you will need at the South Carolina Highway Department which will require you pay reinstatement fee(s) to reinstate your license.
We accept cash, credit/debit card, cashier’s check and money order. No business or personal checks will be accepted.
All fines and restitution are due on the day of sentencing.
Yes, if you are the person who posted the monies for your bond. If someone else posted your bond monies, the fine cannot be deducted
If you have a traffic charge and do not pay, your driver’s license will be suspended until you do. If you have a criminal charge and do not pay, a warrant will be issued for Contempt of Court.
No. Fines must be paid in-person at Fort Mill Municipal Court (200 Tom Hall Street), by mail (P. O. Box 159, Fort Mill, SC 29716) or online. To pay online, visit https://sc.gov/court-payments, you will need your ticket number. Search for your ticket number via [add the link here for the public index]. Other acceptable payment options are cash, credit/debit card, cashier’s check and money order. No personal or business checks will be accepted.
Bonds are only released upon order by a judge, dismissal of the charge, or a finding of not guilty. The bond is returned only to the party posting it. Bond refunds follow the Town of Fort Mill Accounts Payable Department refund process may take up to 60 days.
The person who paid the money will receive the refund.
Court costs are fees and assessments assigned by the state statue created by the South Carolina Legislature. They are subject to change annually.
You will need to contact the officer or his/her supervisor at 803-547-2120. You may have to leave a message. Fort Mill Municipal Court employees are not authorized to speak for officers or about an officer’s actions.
The law prohibits Fort Mill Municipal Court employees other than the Municipal Judge or Associate Municipal Judge from explaining or interpreting the law. As a result, court employees must refrain from answering many questions asked of them because to do so would constitute legal advice, which personnel may not provide. Instead, they must refer you to competent legal counsel.
Due to the large volume of traffic tickets, Fort Mill Municipal Court employees do not make individual calls for this purpose. You will need to take your individual receipt(s) to the DMV.
However old your child is on September 1st determines what age bracket he/she plays.
We are unable to honor any/all carpooling and/or coach’s requests due to the high demand and inability to honor all requests, but we will honor as best as possible. Rest assured that all siblings are always placed on the same team. Children will be placed on the same team of the parent who is the head coach. Assistant coaches will assist teams where their children are assigned.
No. Once we place the order for uniforms there are no refunds.
You can make reservations or register for youth sports programs online here or call our Park and Recreation Department at 803-547-2273.
Our inclement weather notices will be posted on our website, www.fortmillsc.gov, or our Facebook Fan Page, Town of Fort Mill Parks and Rec. You may call our Weather Hotline at 803-547-9043.
The bathrooms open by 8:00 a.m. and close at dusk, unless there is an event scheduled. The bathrooms are also winterized and closed, from mid-December until March 1st, every year.
The water park opens around the first week of May (depending on the temperature) and closes after the Labor Day weekend in September.
The athletic fields are only locked on days they are being rented for an athletic event. The main reason is that they have been raked and lined for a rental and are locked to prevent anyone from playing on them prior to game time.
No they are not.
The fields can be used during the day, if they are not rented for play, amongst a small group. No access is allowed if the fields are lined for a recreational game that day, fields are closed.
No. There are several golf courses with driving ranges in the area. Please practice at any one of them.
Yes, but the town has to have a certificate of insurance from the company providing the bounce house naming the Town of Fort Mill as an additional insured.
We will try to switch your rental to a different day.
Please contact the Park and Recreation Department at 803-547-2273 for all lost and found items.
Having a Fort Mill address does not necessarily mean that you are within the incorporated area of the Town of Fort Mill. To determine if you are within the Town of Fort Mill’s jurisdiction, please use one of the following methods:
Another method would be to view the Town’s municipal boundary map (PDF) to determine if your property is within the Town limits.
If you have any difficulties using the methods above, please feel free to either call the Planning Department at (803) 547-2034 or submit an online jurisdiction information request form and our staff will research your property and provide you with an answer.
To determine the zoning classification for your property, please use one of the following methods. Once you’ve determined the zoning classification, you can find information specific to the specific zoning in the Town’s Zoning Ordinance.
The Planning Department maintains the Town of Fort Mill Zoning Map, which shows the zoning within the Town of Fort Mill for individual parcels. The colors on the map correspond to a different zoning district as outlined in the map’s legend.
To determine the zoning for your property, enter your property address in the York County GIS. Visit the Zoning tab found and it will display the zoning classification for your property. For example, you may see LC displayed on your property, which is the abbreviation for the Town’s Local Commercial zoning classification.
If you have any difficulties using the instructions above or have additional questions regarding zoning, please contact the Planning Department at (803) 547-2034 or submit an online zoning classification request form and our staff will research your property and provide you with an answer.
You can find more information on your property’s specific zoning classification in the Town’s Zoning Ordinance. If you are unable to find the specific information you are looking for within the ordinance, please contact the Planning Department at (803) 547-2034 so that we may assist you in getting the information.
Property lines are initially established by the Planning Department through the subdivision platting process. The final plat of your property or subdivision will provide surveyed information to assist you in finding your property lines, which are typically marked with pins or stakes in the ground. The York County Register of Deeds office maintains records on all final plats within York County and can provide you with a copy should you require one.
If you are unable to locate your property lines, you will need to contact a surveying company to have them come locate and/or mark your property lines. The Town of Fort Mill does not provide these services.
As of March 19, 2018, the public entrance to the Fort Mill Police Department was moved to 112 Confederate Street. The previous public entrance, located at Academy Street is now restricted. For assistance please call 803-547-2022, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
You may have a Fort Mill address and not live within the Town’s limits. View your jurisdiction.
Crime Stoppers of York County, Inc. is a community program that allows people to provide anonymous information in exchange for cash rewards, all with the intended goal of leading to arrests, recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illegal drugs. To learn more about Crime Stoppers, visit their website or Facebook page for more information. You can submit a Crime Stoppers tip anonymously by calling 1-877-409-4321, by visiting their website here or you can download the P3 tips app, which can be found on your phone’s app store.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the police department is currently not processing citizen fingerprint cards.
In Person: Fines can be paid in person to the Fort Mill municipal clerk of court or by calling 803-547-2034, ext. 326. We do not take payments for tickets/citations at the police department. Fines/citations can be paid using cash or money orders Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Online: Fines can also be paid online at the South Carolina website.
To obtain crime statistics for areas within the town limits of Fort Mill, email administrative specialist/data manager, Cindy Smith.
To obtain incident reports taken by the Fort Mill Police Department, contact records clerk Barbara Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collision reports can be obtained for a small processing fee and are generally available within five to 10 business days of the accident. These reports can be obtained at the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle (SCDMV). For collisions not investigated by law enforcement, please print the FR-309 Traffic Collision Report Form and return to the S.C. DMV.
If you are in need of a records check, you must visit the South Carolina Enforcement Division (SLED) website or call 803-737-9000.
There are several agencies and departments that can answer your questions, including the following:
York County Animal Control803-628-3190
S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles803-547-8350
Detention Center at Moss Justice Center803-628-3088
Fort Mill Municipal Court803-547-2120
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office803-547-5933
South Carolina Highway Patrol803-385-3107
York County Magistrate Court803-547-5572
York County Sheriff’s Office803-327-2021
Please visit our website for South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO).
Yes, the Procurement Department handles procurement for all town offices.
The Town of Fort Mill Purchasing Department can be reached by calling 803-547-2116.
The Procurement Department’s standard office hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding observed holidays.
You may request information using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request form.
Bids received after the stated due date and time will not be accepted.
We have 4 TRUCKS that come through on your pick-up day, and each only picks up their items: trash, recyclables, curbside (discarded furniture, etc.), and lawn debris. These trucks do not run behind each other but on separate routes on the same day. The trash truck ONLY PICKS UP AND EMPTIES THE CAN; any excessive household trash should be disposed of by the resident at one of York County’s Collection & Recycling Centers. Customers can purchase an additional 90-gallon rollout can from the Town if they need additional space on a regular basis ($75 for the cart, plus $19 monthly for service). The rollout cans are for household garbage only.
We pick up garbage and recyclables on ALL HOLIDAYS EXCEPT CHRISTMAS. Our curbside and lawn debris trucks will pick up on the 1st business day following the holiday.
NO. All bulk items and lawn debris are picked up on your scheduled trash day with the exception of holidays; then pick up will be the 1st business day following the holiday.
Only from March 16 through October 14. In the fall/winter, the Town uses a leaf collection truck that works like a giant vacuum to “suck” the leaves up from along the curb. All you need to do is rake your leaves to the curb between October 15 and March 15, and we will get them for you. Important: Keep branches and sticks separate from the leaves. Due to the volume of leaves in the Town, it may be a week or two between pick-ups.
York County maintains two Collection and Recycling Centers in Fort Mill where you can take small amounts of construction materials. The Baxter center is at 1731 Highway 160 (on the south side of the road west of Wendy’s). The Fort Mill East center is at 2085 Fort Mill Parkway at W. Hensley Road. The Town does not pick up any construction materials, including plywood, bricks, concrete, metals, roofing materials, or fencing.
Visit York County’s website to learn more.
Call the Public Works Department at 803-547-7158.
Contact Public Works Department at 803-547-7158.
The recycling industry throughout the country is changing, with costs rising due to a variety of reasons, including world market trends, increased material standards and required volumes. In order to keep the Town of Fort Mill’s recycling program running and to reduce costs, the Town has arranged for our third-party collector, Waste Pro USA, to take recyclables to York County’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) beginning September 1.
The York County facility accepts most recyclables including mixed paper, chipboard (such as cookie, cracker or drink boxes), cardboard, magazines, office paper, steel cans, and aluminum cans/pans/foil, and plastic jugs, jars or bottles with their lids on. However, the facility does not accept glass, as well as other forms of plastic (such as bags, berry containers or tubs).
As glass breaks down during the transportation process, the shards and particles not only affect sorting machinery, but they can also get stuck in the other items, essentially contaminating them. Once that happens, the MRF will reject the entire load and send the items to a landfill instead. Therefore, glass cannot be co-mingled with other items in the recycling cart.
However, customers will still be able to recycle glass food and beverage bottles, jugs and jars at one of York County’s Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Centers. Two are located in Fort Mill:
When customers bring their glass items to the centers, they can deposit them in bins designated solely for glass. From there, the glass is transported to the York County Public Works campus in York, where it is stored until truckload quantities are collected for shipment.
When plastic bags are co-mingled with other recyclables, they can become tangled inside collection and recycling machinery. This can cause damage and slow down the recycling process. As such, plastic bags are not accepted for recycling. Please do not place loose bags inside your recycling cart and do not place bags filled with recyclables in the recycling cart. However, clean and dry bags may be taken to local grocery stores for recycling.
The following items should not be placed in recycling carts:
Many, but not all, of these items can be taken to a designated Collection and Recycling Center. For more detailed information about items accepted at the York County Collection and Recycling Centers, please visit the York County Solid Waste Collection and Recycling website.
Pizza boxes can be placed in recycling carts, though you must remove all food from inside the box, including greasy liners. As for labels, there is no need to remove them from cans or bottles you place in your recycling cart. The recycling process will either wash or melt the labels off the containers.
Plastic containers without lids are acceptable, but to make sure the lid gets recycled, leave it on the container. Lids are so small that they will fall through the sorting equipment and be thrown away.
Just make sure to rinse the items to remove any and all food or drink residue before placing in the cart.
The Town provides sanitation services to all single-family developments, which is a requirement per the Town’s adopted Code of Ordinances. In order to provide those services to our residents at the lowest cost possible, homeowners are required to participate in the program and share in these costs. Included in these services is:
Please note that certain restrictions do apply to those collections, for example the Town cannot collect hazardous materials, construction debris, or electronics and other miscellaneous items as a part of these services, though York County hosts a Household Hazardous Material Collection and Shredding event on the first Saturday of March and October from 8 am to noon at 220 Public Works Road in York, South Carolina.
For specific questions on what can and cannot be collected, please contact the Town’s Public Works Department at 803-547-7158. For more detailed information about items accepted at the York County Collection and Recycling Centers, please visit the York County Solid Waste Collection and Recycling website.
A stormwater utility is similar to water, sewer and other utilities that you are familiar with. These utilities charge a fee for services provided. In this case, the service is the control of storm water runoff through construction, operation and maintenance of the stormwater system within the Town’s municipal limits.
There are two main reasons. First, additional revenue is needed for stormwater operations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring the Town of Fort Mill, and numerous other municipalities, to improve stormwater operations to prevent pollution and improve stormwater quality as part of the "National Pollution Discharge Elimination System." Second, dedicated revenue is needed to maintain and improve the stormsewer system.
Yes. There are many stormwater utilities in large and small communities throughout the nation, with many more in the planning stages. Locally, there are 32 municipalities in South Carolina who have implemented stormwater utilities based on a survey conducted in 2012.
Federal laws regulating stormwater runoff require Town of Fort Mill to manage the stormwater that runs off impervious surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, or rooftops. Stormwater runoff carries pollutants directly to our streams and rivers creating flooding issues and contaminating our local waterways.
To learn more about the impacts of stormwater runoff, please visit the Stormwater Department website.
A major storm water quality concern is "non-point source pollution". As the name implies, non-point source pollution comes from numerous locations and is carried through runoff. The types of pollutants include:
These directly impact water quality and now represent the number one pollution source to our waterways. Activities such as street sweeping, elimination of leaking sanitary sewers, and increased cleaning of storm drains can control these pollutants.
Drainage problems may include roadway or structural flooding, clogged or failing underground pipes and culverts, stream bank erosion and stormwater pollution affecting a stream.
Historically, the allocation of funds has not been sufficient to address all of the Town’s storm water service needs. State and federal laws also require that municipalities address the environmental impacts of stormwater pollution, but do not provide the funds to do it. Consequently, the Town must investigate alternative means for raising revenue.
No. Only sewage is collected and transported to Town’s Wastewater treatment plant by the sanitary sewer system. Stormwater flows through the storm sewer systems, ditches, and channels. It empties into our streams, ponds, and lakes. It would be too expensive to size the sanitary sewers to convey and treat stormwater in the same manner as sanitary sewage.
The volume of sewage generated by our homes and businesses each day is insignificant compared to the volume of stormwater runoff generated during a rainstorm. The better solution is to prevent the entry of pollutants into the stormwater system in the first place.
The Town is also responsible for the water quality of natural streams within its jurisdiction as defined by the State and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Town does not maintain facilities that are located on private property or that fall under the jurisdiction of other governmental jurisdictions.
The stormwater utility will provide the funds necessary to provide for the administration, maintenance, and improvement of the Town’s stormwater systems. Some of the services tied to the stormwater program include:
The stormwater utility fee charges properties in Fort Mill based on that property’s contribution to the need for stormwater management. The utility uses the square footage of impervious surface, or surface that water is unable to soak into, on a property as the primary basis for the fee.
The vast majority of utilities across the country have found this to be the most equitable way to charge and collect revenues for this program. A stormwater utility fee is similar to a water or sewer fee. In essence, customers pay a fee related to the amount of runoff generated from their site, which is directly related to the amount of impervious surface on the site.
Impervious surface means a surface composed of any material that significantly impedes or prevents natural infiltration of water into the soil. Impervious surfaces include, but are not limited to, roofs, buildings, streets, parking areas, and any concrete, asphalt, or compacted gravel surface.
The Town measures the amount of impervious surface (roofs, sidewalks, driveway, parking lot, etc.) using the number of Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) per property. 1 ERU is equal to 3,473 square feet, which is the median amount of impervious area found on a typical single-family residential property in Fort Mill. All single-family residential properties are charged one ERU.
Other properties are charged in proportion to this billing unit based on the calculated number of ERUs for the existing impervious area multiplied by the ERU rate. For example, if your property has four times the amount of impervious area of one ERU, you will be charged four times the base rate of $72 per year (i.e. 4 ERUs or $288 per year). This billing methodology is typical for other stormwater funding programs in the United States. The impervious surface is calculated using the County’s 2009 aerial photography. If a property owner believes that the area of impervious surface has changed since the 2009 aerial photography was produced, the property owner can apply for an evaluation.
The Town is responsible for compliance with new Federal and State regulations on water quality as well as providing stormwater management facilities and services. These services are done to protect personal and public property as well as provide for a healthy environment. Funding is not provided by Federal or State government for these services. These requirements are unfunded federal mandates that have been imposed upon all cities similar in size to Fort Mill.
All developed properties are charged a stormwater fee. Properties paying the fee will include residential, commercial and industrial properties, non-profit organizations, federal, state and Town owned properties, and schools. The only exceptions are public streets, which are designed to collect and carry storm water runoff.
Yes, because it is a user fee, just like water and sewer fees which are based upon the cost of services provided. Property taxes are based on the assessed value of the property. The Stormwater Utility Fee is based on the amount of impervious surface area a property has. Because this is not a tax, it is collected from all customers who receive service. Tax exempt properties contribute a significant amount of runoff to the Town because of their size and amount of hard surface. They will be treated like all other customers under the rate structure.
Yes, these include:
Your property may not be physically connected to the drainage system in the same manner as water or sewer but you are still provided service. How? The Town’s stormwater program improves and maintains stormwater facilities throughout the Town.
It establishes design criteria, and regulates development that helps control off site stormwater problems. This program is taking steps to reduce stormwater pollutants that degrade our culinary water quality and the environment of the Town. Every property owner in Fort Mill is served by these activities.
Everyone in the Town benefits from the Stormwater Management Program. The fees collected through the stormwater utility are dedicated solely to managing the Town’s stormwater program. This program brings us into compliance with State and Federal regulations and safeguards our community through improved drainage and protection of our local waterways.
Yes, as long as that property contains impervious area.
Under most conditions, the bill will go to whoever pays the tax bill for the property.
The stormwater fees are subject to the same payment deadlines and penalties as your property taxes.
The stormwater fee will appear as a line item on your annual tax bill.
Property taxes are based upon the assessed valuation of land and their improvements. These values have little relationship to an individual property’s use of the storm drainage system. A service fee, applied to all parcels, is a more equitable method of funding the program. Many tax-exempt properties, such as schools, churches and government agencies are large contributors to the storm water runoff problem. They will pay their share of the utility fee.
No. The responsibility for maintaining the ditch, pipe or channel falls on the property owner. Stormwater Utility crews can only maintain ditches or other drainage facilities on private property if the facility is within the drainage easement granted to the Town. Without an easement, the responsibility for maintaining the ditch, pipe or channel falls on the property owner.
The Stormwater Department is planning to hire a two-man crew who will regularly inspect and maintain the stormwater system for the Town maintained system. If you have noticed a stormwater drainage problem please call the Stormwater Manager at 803-396-9730. Residents are encouraged to help by keeping storm drains near their homes and businesses clear of debris.
Yes. Property owners who reduce the amount of runoff leaving their property may have their fee reduced by a percentage. This can be accomplished by using specially designed systems such as detention ponds or rain gardens that manage stormwater runoff and clean pollutants in the stormwater.
To learn more about the credit system, please read the Credit Policy Manual (PDF).
Under law, stormwater fees may not exceed the cost of providing stormwater improvements and services. Your fees will go into an "enterprise" or special fund that will be used only for the stormwater program.
Users who do not agree with the amount of the stormwater charge they receive should contact the Stormwater Manager at 803-396-9730. If after contacting the Stormwater Manager and you still feel your Stormwater Fee is incorrect, you may provide a written request for reduction to the Stormwater Advisory Board. Your request should detail any information which supports your position about property ownership, the amount of impervious surface area on your property, or your stormwater class.
Any questions regarding the Town of Fort Mill Stormwater Utility should be directed to the Stormwater Manager at 803-396-9730. You can also obtain information calling the Stormwater Hotline 803-548-9098.
For information on how to apply for a land disturbance permit can be found on the Land Disturbance Page. For specific questions about your project please use the contact information on our home page.
$250.00 per disturbed acre, rounded up to the nearest acre.
Everyone. A project requiring any type of land disturbance will require a permit application.
Stormwater issues can be reported through our hotline number at 803-548-9098 or our online form.
We have 2 separate Adopt-A-Stream programs currently (link to page here)! We are also open to coordinating specific service projects with groups! We can sign off for volunteer hours for school clubs. Please contact our Stormwater Management Coordinator at email@example.com for specific questions.
Please email our Stormwater Management Coordinator for all inquiries about Drippy the Friendly Water Drop!
To find out who owns a particular road you can contact South Carolina Department of Transportation or you can use the York County GIS. The Town can only assist with town owned roads, but we are happy to answer any questions.
An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the municipal separate storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of storm water, except for discharges allowed under a NPDES permit or waters used for firefighting operations. Illicit discharges occur through either direct connections, such as piping mistakenly or deliberately connected to the storm drains, or indirect connections such as infiltration from cracked sanitary sewer pipes and degradation of older manholes.
As a result of these illicit connections, contaminated wastewater enters into storm drains or directly into local waters before receiving treatment from a wastewater treatment plant. Illicit connections may be intentional or may be unknown to the owner. Additional sources of illicit discharges can be failing septic systems, illegal dumping practices, and the improper disposal of sewage from recreational practices such as boating or camping.
Pollutants from the example sources below are harmful to the environment and degrade the beauty and health of our community. They need to keep them out of our lakes, rivers, and wetlands.
The following discharges are allowed in Town of Fort Mill:
Water meter replacements are recommended every 10 years to maintain accuracy. The Town of Fort Mill is upgrading more than 7,000 household and irrigation water meters to provide increased service and features to our customers. In addition to greater accuracy, the new meters will allow for near real-time meter reading and a future online portal where customers will be able to monitor their accounts on a regular basis. These more efficient meters will also help reduce the time employees spend in the field reading meters and instead allow them more time for maintenance and to respond to emergencies such as water line breaks.
For more information, view our January 2020 press release for the project.
The Town of Fort Mill will place signs in neighborhoods the week prior to meters being changed. The total project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020.
Customers are not required to do anything prior to their meter replacement. However, water service during the change-out itself will be interrupted for less than 30 minutes.
No, the water system will remain active and is not affected by meter changes. Once a customer’s meter is replaced, they may experience some slight sputtering due to air in their water lines, though this is temporary. There will be no lasting affects to their water pressure, and there will be no changes to the quality of their water.
There is no charge to the customer for these changes.
The Town of Fort Mill has contracted with Vanguard Utility Service to replace the water meters. These crews will be readily identifiable via uniforms, vehicle markings and ID cards. They will not require entrance to any home and will only need access to the equipment in a customer’s yard.
For more information, please contact the town’s Utilities Department at 803-547-7158 or visit the Utilities page.
To set-up service, you may complete the Utility Service Application Form and pay the $25.00 Service Activation fee. Additionally, a credit check is performed to determine if a deposit will be required. Deposits range from $0.00 to $200.00 and must be paid in addition to the Service Activation fee. Because of the credit check, the application process must be finalized in person at Town Hall located at 200 Tom Hall Street, weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The application must be in 48 hours in advance of the service beginning date to ensure service is in place by that date.
The Town of Fort Mill will retain the deposit until such time service is terminated. At that time, the deposit will be applied to the final bill. Should there be any deposit remaining, it shall be processed for refund within 45 days of the final billed cycle and mailed to the last known address.
If you are moving and need to disconnect or stop your existing service, please fill out our Customer Service Activity Form, print it, and return it to the Fort Mill Business Office located at 200 Tom Hall Street (located within Town Hall).
Your neighbor’s bill does not reflect what may occur in your household. People will have different watering preferences and habits. Some customers are more conservative than others. A better comparison results from your own prior year’s usage against the current year’s usage.
Always call the Town of Fort Mill Utilities Department at (803) 547-7158. This number can be used during business hours as well as in an after-hours emergency. Staff will be dispatched to determine the severity and whether or not the leak falls under the Town’s responsibility or if you will need to obtain a plumber. Note: plumber invoices will not be reimbursed by the Town.
The reason that sewer usage is charged on irrigation consumption through a domestic water meter is due to the fact that we have no feasible way of measuring or calculating accurate usage of irrigation water. This can be resolved by having an irrigation meter installed. With an irrigation meter, your charge will reflect the exact amount of water used by your irrigation system. Please visit our page on irrigation meters for more information.
This is a notice issued in the event of a water main break where customers may experience a brief interruption of service or a reduction in normal water pressures. Once repaired, the affected area will be thoroughly flushed and tested to assure that no contamination has occurred. As a precautionary measure until test results can be reviewed, customers may be advised to boil water intended for drinking or cooking vigorously for at least one full minute prior to use. Also, any ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking purposes.
A blockage in your private plumbing system or in our sewer main in the street can cause a sewer back-up. If you experience wastewater backing up into drains or toilets in your home, contact the Utilities Department (803-547-7158) or a plumber immediately.Help prevent sewer clogs and backflows:
If you experience a sewer backflow at your home or business, you should immediately take any necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of the members of your household and to safeguard your property. We also suggest you begin documenting any expense incurred by you as a result of your sewer problem as this will greatly assist you in filing any claims for your damages.
Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) is a condition in which untreated sewage is discharged from a sanitary sewer into the environment prior to reaching sewage treatment facilities. The Town of Fort Mill Utilities Department works closely with SC DHEC in reporting any overflow as soon as possible in order to protect the health and environment of our residents.
State Accommodations Tax The state accommodation tax is a mandatory 2 percent charge applied to all accommodations statewide. Accommodations are defined as "the rental or charges for any rooms, campground spaces, lodgings, or sleeping accommodations furnished to transients by any hotel, inn, tourist court, tourist camp, motel, campground, residence, or any place in which rooms, lodgings, or sleeping accommodations are furnished to transients for a consideration." These dollars are distributed back to cities and counties by a formula based on point of sale. Local Accommodations Tax County and municipal governments may impose a local accommodations tax by ordinance adopted by a positive majority of the entire governing body. The cumulative rate of the tax may not exceed 3 percent. A county government may not impose an accommodations tax exceeding 1.5 percent within a municipality without consent by resolution of the municipal council.
State Accommodations Tax A municipality receiving more than $50,000 in revenue from the state accommodations tax must appoint an advisory committee to make recommendations for how the revenue generated from the accommodations tax should be spent. The advisory committee consists of seven members, with a majority being selected from the hospitality industry of the municipality or county receiving the revenue. At least two of the hospitality industry members must be from the lodging industry, where applicable. One member must represent the cultural organizations of the municipality receiving the revenue. The advisory committee submits written recommendations to the municipal council at least once annually regarding the expenditure of state accommodations tax proceeds. The municipal council may accept, reject or modify these recommendations. The council must submit an annual report detailing use of the state accommodations tax proceeds to the state Tourism Expenditure Review Committee. TERC is an 11-member committee that reviews the tourism related expenditures funded with state accommodations tax revenue. Local Accommodations Tax There is no requirement for an advisory committee for local accommodations tax expenditures. The municipal council is solely responsible for approving local accommodations tax expenditures unless otherwise established by the council.
Yes, state law is very specific about how cities and counties can spend state accommodations tax revenue. The first $25,000 is deposited into the local governments general fund, 30 percent of the balance must be allocated to a special fund for the exclusive use of tourism advertising and promotion, and the remaining balance must be used for tourism-related expenditures as defined in SC Code Section 6-1-530. Local Accommodations Tax Local Accommodations Tax proceeds must be used for tourism-related projects and programs as defined in SC Code Section 6-1-530.
The Local Hospitality Tax is a tax in the amount of two percent (2%) applied to the total amount of the charge for prepared or modified foods and beverages intended for immediate consumption and sold within the municipal limits of the Town of Fort Mill.
The taxes collected under the 2% Hospitality Tax should be sent to the following address: Hospitality Tax Town of Fort Mill PO Box 159 Fort Mill, SC 29716 Do not send these revenues to the State of South Carolina as part of your normal monthly reporting to the Department of Revenue.
The Local Hospitality Tax may fund the following projects: (1) the construction, repair, and other capital-related needs of tourism-related buildings, including, but not limited to, civic centers, coliseums, and aquariums; (2) the construction, repair, and other capital related needs of tourism-related facilities, including, but not limited to, cultural, recreational, or historic facilities; (3) tourism related beautification projects; (4) the construction, repair, and other capital-related needs of highways, roads, streets, and bridges to serve tourism-related demand; (5) advertisements and promotions related to tourism development; and (6) the construction, repair, and other capital-related needs of water and sewer infrastructure to serve tourism-related demand.
All food, beverage, and alcohol sales in bars, restaurants, and other food establishments are subject to the Local Hospitality Tax. Specifically, all food and beverage items that are prepared or modified by convenience stores, grocery stores, and other similar establishments, and that are intended for immediate consumption, are subject to the Local Hospitality Tax. In establishments such as arcades, amusements, and theaters, the sale of prepared or modified foods and beverages such as fountain drinks, popcorn, and nachos, are subject to the Local Hospitality Tax. Caterers are not subject to the 2% tax.
The establishments providing the prepared or modified foods and beverages are responsible for the collection of this tax from patrons and are liable to remit collections to the Town of Fort Mill.
Each establishment providing such prepared or modified foods and beverages must submit, each month, the Town of Fort Mill’s Local Hospitality Tax Reporting Form to the Town of Fort Mill. This form will require the establishment to disclose its monthly gross proceeds from the sale of foods and beverages subject to the Local Hospitality Tax, even if that amount is zero. For those establishments which owe the Town of Fort Mill an amount in excess of fifty dollars ($50.00) per month, the establishment must remit the amount owed on a monthly basis, along with the Town of Fort Mill’s Local Hospitality Tax Reporting Form. For those establishments which owe the Town of Fort Mill an amount between twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and fifty dollars ($50.00) per month, the amount must be remitted quarterly, on or before the twentieth day of each of the following months, for the preceding quarter: January, April, July, and October. For those establishments which owe the Town of Fort Mill less than $25.00 per month, the amount must be remitted annually, by the twentieth day of January, for the preceding calendar year.
A penalty of five percent (5%) of the unpaid amount for each calendar month or portion thereof shall apply.
No, the Local Hospitality Tax Act makes no such provision.
The allocation of funds will be designated each year during the budget process. The Town Manager will bring a recommendation to the Town Council on how the funds may be allocated during that process. Town Council will consider that recommendation and determine if any changes need to be made prior to the adoption of the Town budget.
Any audits will be done in compliance with state law and will follow the same procedures that are used under the business license ordinance.
State law makes no provision for an advisory committee. Town Council may choose to direct the Town Manager to appoint an advisory committee that would make recommendations to the Town Manager. These recommendations would then be incorporated as a part of the annual budget process and considered by Town Council at that time.
This is an example of how to calculate the your Hospitality tax:
1. Total of all revenue for all foods and beverages prepared for immediate consumption $ 50,000
2. Multiply this number by 2% x .02
3. The result is the amount to be remitted to the Town of Fort Mill, not the S.C. Department of Revenue.
The 2% hospitality tax is to be remitted to the Town on a monthly basis, along with the Town of Fort Mill Hospitality Tax form, and is due on or before the 20th day of the month and should cover the tax due for the previous month.