The Board of Zoning Appealshas three specific powers, duties, and responsibilities as set forth by the South Carolina 1994 Comprehensive Planning Act:
1. To hear and decide appeals for variances from the requirements of the zoning ordinance when strict application of the provisions of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship. There are four tests of hardship established by the state. All four must be met. It is incumbent upon the applicant to demonstrate the hardships.
2. To permit uses by Special Exception when designated within the zoning code.
3. To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in an order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the zoning ordinance.