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 is unlawful for any premise to have a condition 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
  • Any other unsanitary condition

Abandoned Vehicles

It is unlawful for any person to abandon any motor vehicle on any public street, public grounds, or on a 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. 

A vehicle is determined to have been abandoned if the:

  • The vehicle fails to display a current license plate within 90 days after the plates expiration date
  • Is partially dismantled or wrecked or incapable of self -propulsion
  • Being moved in the manner for which it was originally intended and remains in such condition for a period of 60 days or more