All requests to annex a state-owned property into the city limits of any municipality are processed
and reviewed by Real Property Services to present for approval to the five-member Budget and
Control Board. The city or town requesting or supporting the annexation of state property must
adhere to the following:
- The municipality must waive, in perpetuity, any right to levy, collect
or charge, directly or indirectly, any franchise, stormwater drainage or other fee or cost upon the
State for services provided to the State or its agencies or the subject property for as long as the
property is owned by the State of South Carolina;
- The municipality must give public notice
of the proposed annexation and hold a public hearing at which those interested are given an
opportunity to express their views. The result of this meeting should be furnished by a copy
of the minutes of the meeting or some other official written communication from the City/Town
to the Board.
- An annexation that changes voting practices or procedures for the affected area requires
compliance with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended. Most voting changes
can be reviewed administratively by submitting the voting change to the Civil Rights Division
of the Department of Justice. Submissions are subject to a 60-day review period and the voting
change can be implemented if the Attorney General affirmatively indicates no objection to the
change or if, at the expiration of 60 days, no objection to the change has been interposed by
the Attorney General. Submissions under Section 5 can be mailed to the Civil Rights Division
or filed electronically here.
Preclearance under Section 5 must be provided to Real Property Services by the municipality
before requesting the Budget and Control Board's approval of the annexation.
The agency/institution that owns, controls or uses the property involved must provide the
- A letter requesting the proposed annexation and stating the benefits
the agency expects as a result;
- A letter from the Senator whose district includes the property
expressing his/her view of the proposed annexation;
- A letter from the Representative whose district includes the property expressing his/her view of the proposed annexation;
- A written legal description of the real property to be annexed;
- A map showing the property to be annexed and the municipality's current city/town limits; and
- A tax map number of the property.
After Budget and Control Board approval, Real Property Services will prepare the Petition for
Annexation to be executed by the Director of the Division of General Services and will forward the
signed petition to the City/Town Manager.