Dorchester County Codes Enforcement Division has two (2) Codes Enforcement Officers assigned as Environmental Services Officers. These officers are responsible for conducting investigations involving unmaintained premises, including vacant lots or land, upon which any condition exists which constitutes a nuisance, health, or safety hazard and enforcing Dorchester County Ordinances

Prohibited Nuisances 

It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or permit to be maintained any premises, including vacant lots or land, upon which any condition exists which constitutes a nuisance, health, or safety hazard, including, but not limited to, the accumulation of dead trees, uncut grass, weeds, undergrowth, trash, garbage, debris, or any other unsanitary condition.  The accumulation of such materials on any property or premises, including vacant lots, to the extent and in such manner as to create an untidy, or unsafe condition is hereby prohibited.

Abandoned Vehicles

It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon any motor vehicle on any public street or public grounds or upon any privately owned property which is exposed to public view.  No person controlling privately owned property shall permit any abandoned or unsafe vehicle to remain thereupon.  For the purposes of this section, a vehicle shall be determined to have been abandoned if the vehicle fails to display a current license plate within 90 days after its expiration date or which is partially dismantled or wrecked or incapable of self -propulsion or of being moved in the manner for which it was originally intended and remains in such condition for a period of 60 days or more.