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Town Codes & Ordinances

Municipal councils are local, deliberative, legislative assemblies empowered to enact regulations, resolutions and ordinances consistent with the constitutions and general laws of the state of the nation. Ordinances are local laws of a general and permanent nature. 

Rules and procedures for adopting ordinances must be established by ordinance. Every proposed ordinance must be introduced in writing and in the form required for final adoption. No ordinance has the force of law until it has had at least two readings on two separate days with at least seven days between each reading and final ratification by Council. Ben Sawyer Bridge

Municipal ordinances must be codified, indexed, typewritten or printed, maintained in a current form and available for public inspection at reasonable times. The following council acts must be accomplished by ordinance:

  • Adopt or amend an administrative code
  • Establish, alter or abolish any municipal department, office or agency
  • Provide for a fine, provides for a penalty, establishes a rule or establishes a regulation in which a fine or other penalty is imposed for violations
  • Adopt budgets and levy taxes
  • Grant, renew or extend franchises
  • Authorize the borrowing of money
  • Sell, lease or contract to sell or lease any lands of the municipality
  • Amend or repeal any ordinance described above  

Sullivan's Island Ordinance Procedures

All Town ordinances are deliberated and approved by Town Council in a multi-step process:

1st Reading    For information purposes only but discussion and motions to amend at first reading are permissible if requested by at least two Council members present. 
2nd Reading   Minimum six days after 1st Reading.  Discussion and motions to amend are entertained prior to 2nd Reading.
3rd Reading   May be combined with 2nd Reading at the will of a majority of Council.  Discussion and motions to amend are permissible if requested by at least two Council members present.
Ratification    Accomplished after 3rd Reading approval

All ordinances are introduced by the Mayor, Council member or a Council Committee member, in writing and in the form required for final adoption. Ordinance 2015-11 (PDF) outlines this procedure. Section 2-27, Town Code of Ordinances, provides full details of the ordinance approval process.                                    

Ordinances

Ordinance Index (PDF)
Section 1:    General Provisions (PDF)
Section 2:    Administration (PDF) (amended January 19, 2016, Ord 2015-11)
Section 3:    Animals and Fowl (PDF)  (amended February 20, 2018, Ord 2017-06)
Section 4:    Beaches (PDF) (amended October 15, 2013, Ord 2013-08)
Section 4A:  Watercraft (PDF)
Section 5:    Buildings (PDF) (amended December 15, 2015, Ord 2015-10)
Section 6:    Elections (PDF)
Section 7:    Filling and Draining Low Lots (PDF)
Section 8:    Fire Protection (PDF)
Section 9:    Garbage, Refuse and Weeds (PDF)
Section 10:  Licenses (PDF)  (amended December 19, 2017, rates eff. Jan 1, 2018) 
Section 11:  Motor Vehicles and Traffic (PDF) (amended July 19, 2016, Ord  2016-04)
Section 12:  Municipal Court (PDF)
Section 13:  Nuisances (PDF)
Section 14:  Miscellaneous Offenses (PDF) (amended Nov 20,2018, Ord 2018-06)
Section 15:  Parades and Processions (PDF)
Section 16:  Personnel and Personnel Policies (PDF) (amended January 21, 2014, Ord 2013-14)
Section 17:  Planning Commission (PDF)  (amended June 21, 2016, Ord 2016-1)
Section 18: Sewers and Sewage Disposal (PDF) (amended April 17, 2012, Ord 2012-01)        
Section 19:  Taxation (PDF)
Section 20:  Water Supply (PDF) (amended December 2016)
Section 21:  Zoning (PDF)  (amended November 20, 2018, Ord 2018-07) 
Section 22:  Purchasing (PDF) (amended November 17, 2015, Ord 2015-05)
Section 23:  Accommodations Fee (PDF)
Section 24:  Hospitality Fee (PDF)
Section 25:  Stormwater Management Utility Fees (PDF) (amended August 1, 2016, Ord 2016-05)