Dorchester County Ordinance To Provide Design Standards For Types, Size And Weight Limits Of Vehicles Authorized To Park In Areas Zoned Residential


WHEREAS, IT IS THE DESIRE OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF DORCHESTER to promote the public health, safety, morals, convenience, prosperity and concern for the general welfare, efficiency and economy in the development of its jurisdiction.

AND WHEREAS, it is the intent of County Council of the County of Dorchester to promote harmonious and healtful development including adequate provisions for traffic, the promotion of safety and the promotion of good civic design and appearance.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF DORCHESTER, that the following insertion to the referenced Ordinance of Dorchester County be adopted.

Add as new Section to ARTICLE X, titled:


Secrtion 10.13 Limitation of Commercial Vehicles parked within Residential Zoned Districts.

A. The parking of commercial vehicles upon any lot, land, street, right of way, or shoulder thereof, for a period of time exceeding one (1) hour, except in emergency situations or for such length of time as may be necessary for the pickup, loading, unloading or delivery of materials and/or passengers in a Residential Zoned area: R1, R1(M), R2, R2(M), R3 and R4 is prohibited. This prohibition shall be enforced by complaint of the County Administrator or his designated representative, by complaint from a civic or homeowners association representing a subdivision in which such violation is alleged to have occurred, or by complaint by at least three residents living within 1,000 feet of the alleged prohibited conduct. It is further provided that this prohibition shall not apply to lots larger than two acres provided adequate screening of such alleged prohibited conduct is undertaken.

B. The intent of this ordinance is to limit the size and weight of commercial vehicles in residential areas and:

1. to eliminate the visual blight created by large commercial vehicles being indiscriminately parked in residential areas for long periods of time.

2. to minimize physical damage to publicly maintained right of ways.

3. to protect property values and character of property within residential developments.

4. to reduce traffic congestion.

5. to protect children from traffic injuries.

C. For the purpose of this ordinance, commercial vehicle is defined as a vehicle whose Tare Weight exceeds 5 tons (10,000 lbs), or a vehicle having more than two axles, or a vehicle greater than 8' in height. Construction equipment and farming equipment of any type are included in this definition.


The provisions of this ordinance shall become effective January 1, 1997.

For additional information contact the Dorchester County Planning and Codes Enforcement Department at: 500 N. Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483.