Lancaster County Council

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Lancaster County is a Council/Administrator form of government set up under the laws of the State of South Carolina.  This means that the Council who is elected by the residents of the County sets the overall policy for the County and the appointed Administrator is charged with the day-to-day operations of the County to ensure that the Council's policies are implemented.

The Council is elected for four (4) year terms and elections are held in even numbered years, with three (3) members one election and the other four (4) members the following election.  While elections are held in November, the terms of office begin on January 1, of the following year.  At the first meeting in January after an election, the Council appoints one member to be Chair, one member to be Vice Chair, and one member to be Secretary.

The Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month.  The public portion of the meeting begins at 6:00 PM unless a holiday forces a move of the normally scheduled date.  In addition, from time to time there may be special meetings and workshops called by the Council. The public is welcome at all meetings of the Council.

Council Committee of the Whole meets on Wednesday after the first Council Meeting at 4:00 p.m. and at other times at the call of the Chair. 

Location of meetings:
County Administration Building
County Council Chambers
101 N. Main Street, 2nd floor
Lancaster, SC 29721

To view live and recorded County Council Meetings, click here.

Citizens can sign up for Citizens Comments and address Council at any Council meeting. Citizens have three minutes to address Council. Citizens can sign up in person or online. The Citizens Comments sign up sheet is located at a podium on the right when you enter Council Chambers. The sheet is taken to the Chairman about one minute before the meeting begins. Also, written comments may be submitted via mail to ATTN: Sherrie Simpson, Post Office Box 1809, Lancaster, SC, 29721, via email to Sherrie Simpson at or via online submission by selecting the “Citizens Comments” quick link located on the County website homepage at Comments must be no longer than approximately 3 minutes when read aloud. Comments received will be acknowledged during the Citizens Comments portion of the meeting. Comments will need to be received prior to 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting for Council meetings and by 4:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting for Committee of the Whole meetings. Please use the same link above to submit input/comments for Public Hearings.