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Explains the annexation procedures approved by the General Assembly in 2000. (updated 2022)
Lists programs and services the Association offers. (updated 2022)
Cities Mean Business magazine
Compensation Survey (Online only)
The survey reports wages and salaries for municipalities.
Comprehensive Planning Guide for Local Governments
Explains in detail the legal issues involved in zoning and the latest changes to the Comprehensive Planning Act. (updated 2018)
The 2007 Priority Investment Act added two planning elements (transportation and priority investment). For information about these elements, refer to the Priority Investment Act Implementation Guide.
The handbook provides detailed instructions for conducting SC municipal elections. (updated 2017)
Forms and Powers of Municipal Government
This guide outlines the roles and responsibilities of the municipal council and the mayor according to the form of government. It also surveys the powers entrusted to municipal governments. (updated 2017)
Freedom of Information Act booklet
The latest revision of The Public Official's Guide to Compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. Provided by the SC Press Association
Handbook for Municipal Officials in South Carolina
The handbook gives a general overview of local government operations for elected and appointed municipal officials. (updated 2017)
How to Conduct Effective Meetings
Informative look at proper procedure for public meetings. (updated 2014)
Explains the incorporation procedures approved by the General Assembly in 2000.
Recap of state legislation impacting local governments from the previous year's legislative session.
Model Employee Handbook for SC Municipalities
A resource to help municipalities ensure they meet the technical requirements of state and federal employment laws. (updated 2021) (Word version)
Municipal Officials and Legislative Directory
Contact information for state and local elected officials is located in one publication. The Directory lists pertinent information about all SC municipalities such as population, address, telephone and fax numbers and when council meets. (updated annually - available online)
The Directory also lists names of state and local elected officials and employees who hold key positions. State House and Senate members are listed by committee and municipality represented. (updated annually - available only in print)
Raising Hometown Voices to a New Level of Influence
An advocacy guide for South Carolina hometowns (updated 2018)
SC Chapter of American Planning Association Priority Investment Act Implementation Guide
SC Business License Handbook
The handbook is a working tool for interpreting and administering business license ordinances in SC. (updated 2022)
Tips for Hometown Media Success
The monthly newsletter reports on local government issues, legislative concerns, affiliate associations' activities and innovative programs of member municipalities. No advertising accepted.