Subdivision means the division of a tract or parcel of land into two or more lots, building sites or other divisions for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of sale or building development, and includes all division of land involving a new street or a change in existing streets, and includes a resubdivision and, where appropriate to the context, relates to the process of subdividing or to the land or area subdivided.
The following actions are not included within this definition: (1) The combination or recombination of portions of previously platted lots where the total number of lots is not increased; (2) The division of land into parcels of five acres or more where no new street is involved; or (3) The partition of land by court decree.

Major subdivisions are all subdivisions not classified as minor subdivisions, requiring any new street or extension of supporting governmental or private utilities.  For an application packet, see Major Subdivisions.

Minor subdivisions are defined as any subdivision with lots fronting on an existing street, not involving any new street or road or the extension of public utilities, and not adversely affecting the remainder of the parcel or adjoining property, and not in conflict with any provision or portion of the comprehensive plan, the official map, the zoning ordinance (article III of this chapter) or this article. For an application packet, see Minor Subdivisions

For additional information regarding major and minor subdivisions please contact:

Johnathan E. Chambers
Land Development Administrator
Planning and Development Services
1136 Washington Street - Second Floor
P.O. Box 147
Columbia, SC 29217
Office (803) 545-3206
Fax (803) 733-8699
Email: [email protected]