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Municipal Incorporations

Before any town or community incorporates as a municipality, it must first file an application of incorporation with the Secretary of State in accordance with the S.C. Code of Laws 5-1-10 et seq.  Before issuing a corporate certificate to a proposed municipality, the Secretary of State must review the application for incorporation, as well as the recommendation of the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporations to make sure the municipality has met all statutory requirements. Please submit three copies of the application of incorporation material to the Secretary of State's office.
To read the statute governing Municipal Incorporations, follow the link below:

To read the regulations governing Municipal Incorporations, follow the link below:

The Municipal Association has resources available to assist with the incorporation process.  You may review the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Website at the following link: 

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