Boards and Commissions
The City of Camden values the input and contributions of its citizenry. One way the City engages civic participation is through boards and commissions. Through engaged citizens, the City is able to utilize their strengths in areas of respective passions to provide guidance and input into matters that affect the quality of life for all Camden residents and visitors.
Below is a list of the City of Camden’s Boards and Commissions including a brief description. If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please sign and return the application to:
City of Camden, Attention: City Manager
PO Box 7002
Camden, SC 29021
or fax to (803) 424-2031.
For more information call the City Manager (803) 432-2421.
Archives and Museum Commission
Board of Construction Appeals
Board of Zoning Appeals
Municipal Election Commission
Parks and Trees Commission
Camden/Kershaw Clean Community Commission
Price House Commission
Camden Historic Landmarks Commission
The Commission shall serve as an advocate body for the collections of the Camden Archives and Museum. They shall inform the public of the collecting mission of the Archives and Museum and serve as an information gathering forum for historical collections and materials in the community. In consultation with the Director of the Archives and Museum, they will identify collections in private hands which would be valuable additions for the Archives and Museum collection and make contact with the owners regarding future consideration of a donation to the Archives and Museum.
The Planning Commission seeks to guide and accomplish a coordinated and harmonious development of the City of Camden in accordance with existing and future needs, best promote the efficiency and economy in the process of development. The Planning Commission’s responsibilities include: prepare and revise periodically a comprehensive plan for the City, prepare and recommend to City Council ordinances promoting orderly development in accordance with the comprehensive plan, administer the City Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 157, and review and recommend needed changes in ordinance and map of the City, to advise, and where appropriate to assist, the Building Inspector of the City as to interpretation, administration and enforcement by him of Chapter 156 and 157 of the Code of Ordinances, to hear and recommend to the City Council all requests for changes in zoning boundaries and requests for relief from zoning requirements, and to recommend to the City Council changes, additions, or deletions to the Zoning Code and map and new ordinances pertaining to zoning as it appears advisable.
The Board of Construction Appeals addresses and resolves matters occurring under the Fire Prevention Code, the Building Code, the Electrical Code, and the Plumbing Code.
The Board of Zoning Appeals hears and decides appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the Zoning Administrator. This Board also has the authority to grant variances if certain conditions are met.
The Municipal Election Commission is responsible for conducting all Camden municipal elections held under Title 5, Chapter 15 of the Code of Laws of S.C.
The Parks and Trees Commission assists in the Arbor Day ceremony, provides recommendations for park improvements, conducts periodic review and recommendations for revision to the public tree care ordinance, and advises tree and plant issues within the parks, publicly owned property and rights-of-way within the city.
The Camden/Kershaw Clean Community Commission studies litter control problems in the county and the city and makes recommendations to the governmental bodies based on the studies. The Commission stresses beautification and through community networking, encourages litter control support and responsible stewardship.
The Price House Commission develops and executes plans for the restoration of the Price House and surrounding grounds in addition to supervising the operation and maintenance.
The Camden Historic Landmarks Commission insures historic properties are in harmony with the architectural and historical character of the city. The Commission reviews plans and applications for all construction to historic properties, including modifications to existing properties, demolitions, and construction of new buildings. The Commission has the power to approve, approve with modifications, or deny approval of applications in accordance with the prescribed procedures and guidelines.