What is Annexation?
Annexation is when your property becomes a part of Rock Hill’s city limits, and is no longer in an unincorporated area of York County.
Benefits of Annexation
Annexation into the City of Rock Hill provides many benefits to residents and business owners, including reduced water and sewer rates, a higher level of fire protection and law enforcement, and improved services.
Utility Service Policy
The City provides water and/or sewer to properties outside of the City limits at its discretion. The City adopted a Utility Service Policy in 2002 to guide requests for water and/or sewer. In exchange for water and/or sewer, property owners must sign a Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement and a Notice of Future Annexation, and new development must comply with the City’s design standards.
To review the required documents and associated instructions, click here.
Annexation and Rezoning
The City’s Utility Service Policy also guides initiation of and response to petitions for annexation. A property must be contiguous to the City limits to be annexed.
Sometimes annexation is initiated by the City. The City initiates annexation when the property is in a “doughnut” hole; someone expresses interest in developing a property in the County that is contiguous to the City limits or could be made contiguous by the annexation of other properties with annexation agreements; or the property is in a high visibility area. The City will contact the property owner when it is interested in pursuing annexation.
Property owners can also request to be annexed because of their desire for City services. If you are interested in annexing, please complete the Annexation Application.
Since York County and the City of Rock Hill have different Zoning Ordinances and zoning districts, the zoning district of the property prior to annexation will be different from the zoning district of the property after annexation. Therefore, the property will go through a rezoning process at the same time it goes through the annexation process.
Cost/Cost Savings of Annexation
To get an estimate of the cost/cost savings of annexation, please contact Alex Boyce.