Aiken County Government Operation Information and Updates

March 18, 2021

Master in Equity Announcement

On February 26, 2021, The Chief Justice of South Carolina issued an Order allowing in-person proceedings beginning March 15, 2021. Public foreclosure sales will be held on April 5, 2021 beginning at 11:00 a.m. The court will continue to observe proper safety protocols. Persons attending the sale will be required to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing.

January 12, 2021

Master in Equity Announcement

On January 6, 2021, the Chief Justice of South Carolina issued an Order concerning in-person proceedings. Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, all in-person proceedings, with limited exceptions, were suspended beginning January 11, 2021. Since this includes foreclosure sales, all monthly foreclosure sales are suspended in Aiken County until further Order of the Chief Justice of South Carolina.

July 31, 2020

July 30, 2020

July 24, 2020

June 26, 2020

June 19, 2020

June 15, 2020

May 14, 2020

Master in Equity Announcement

There will NOT be a June foreclosure sale.

April 29, 2020


Aiken County Government offices have re-opened to the public, but access will be restricted and carefully controlled. The public should continue accessing County services as much as possible in the same fashion they have been since the initial closure of facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Citizens are encouraged to continue transacting business with the County through online portals, telephone calls and the use of the drop boxes and drive thru window at the Government Center. The Aiken County website, contains a great deal of information about current County operations and citizens should refer to that page for updates.

The Government Center will have access through the rear entrance only, which will be staffed with Code Enforcement Officers and other employees to monitor the number of individuals in the facility at any given time. Before coming to a County office, citizens should call ahead to ensure they have everything they need to avoid having to make an additional trip. Please be patient as wait times will vary depending upon the number of individuals seeking entry.

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April 21, 2020

Master in Equity Announcement

The judicial sale scheduled for May 12, 2020 has been cancelled.

April 16, 2020

April 15, 2020

Wagener Landfill Update

The Wagener Landfill will remain open until Saturday, April 18th, to accommodate for the extra debris caused by the recent storms. It will be open for normal business hours to accept storm debris only.

April 14, 2020

Wagener Landfill Update

The Wagener Landfill will be open Wednesday, April 15th, to accommodate for the extra debris caused by the recent storms.

April 13, 2020

Aiken County extends office closures, adjusts yard debris policy.

Aiken County Offices will remain closed to the public in accordance with guidance from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Governor’s Office. Employees will still be available to assist citizens with online, email and phone transactions. Additionally, all County parks, programs and facilities remain closed to the public as well. This closure extension runs through and includes Friday, May 1, 2020.

Aiken County is also seeing a tremendous increase in the volume of yard debris and waste coming to the residential drop off centers as well as the Barden landfill on Connector Road. In some cases, increases in traffic are upwards of 50% from normal. This increased volume has begun to overwhelm the County’s capacity to manage the waste stream and remove the waste from the collection centers in a timely fashion. To address this, the residential drop off centers will now only accept yard trimmings, clippings and small debris that will fit inside a pick-up truck, SUV or other non-commercial vehicle used to deliver the waste to the drop off center. The centers will no longer accept debris brought in by trailer. All trailer loads should be taken directly to the Barden Landfill and will be directed to do so if presented at a residential drop off center. This change in policy is for residential yard debris only. Regular household waste will still be accepted at all residential drop off centers in the County.

“We understand this change in policy may be a bit of an inconvenience for our customers, but our residential collection centers just simply cannot handle the amount of yard debris we are receiving” said County Administrator Clay Killian. “We appreciate our citizens’ cooperation and patience and request their assistance in helping us manage this problem.”

Citizens should continue to follow the recommendations and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and healthcare providers on how to stay safe and avoid contracting this, or any other, virus.

Aiken County Administrator’s Office
April 13, 2020

April 8, 2020

April 6, 2020

Recycling Update

The Wagener Landfill is closed until further notice.

April 1, 2020

March 30, 2020


As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the state, Aiken County will extend the closure of all public facilities closed to the public through April 17, 2020. This also includes all County parks and recreation facilities. This is being done in accordance with Governor Henry McMaster’s latest executive order that extends dine-in restaurant restrictions and also continues restrictions on public gatherings of large groups.

Citizens are urged to continue conducting business with the County by phone, email, U.S. Mail and online as much as possible. County employees are still at work assisting folks with their needs, but will not be doing so on an in-person basis. Citizens should contact the office they need assistance from to find out what they need in order to complete their business.

Please refer to the Aiken County Government website at for specific departmental information. Citizens may also call 803-642-1500 for specific information regarding any business they need to conduct with the County.

These measures are necessary for the protection of everyone and to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Aiken County appreciates the cooperation and assistance from our citizens as we work through these difficult and trying times. Should conditions improve and warrant an earlier opening of the facilities, the building access ban will be lifted.

Aiken County Administrator’s Office
March 30, 2020

March 26, 2020

March 25, 2020

Drop Box Announcement

A new drop box(color is white) has been placed by the REAR entrance to the County Government Center(CGC). This drop box is intended for documents and forms relevant to CGC services EXCEPT VEHICLE TAX PAYMENTS. All documents should be placed in an envelope with the name of the receiving person/department and a brief description of its contents on the envelope(job applications, permit forms, etc).

March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020

March 22, 2020

March 19, 2020

March 18, 2020

General Public No Longer Allowed in Aiken County Facilities,
County Adjusting Daily Operations

Aiken County officials continue to monitor the impact that COVID-19 is having on our community and the services provided by the County. In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, all general public access to county facilities will be restricted at the close of business on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This restriction will remain in place at least until April 3, 2020.

County employees will still report to their work stations, but services will be provided through online portals, over the phone or by U. S. Mail. The following is a listing of the offices that will continue to provide service through these adjusted operations and how citizens may contact them:

Aiken County Treasurer's Office

Tax payments can be made utilizing one of the following methods:

For all other questions, you may contact the Treasurer’s Office at 803-642-2092. There are also two drop boxes on the Aiken County Government Center Campus. One is located to the right of the rear entrance to the building under the portico and the other is on the drive thru island located at the rear of the building. Please only deposit checks in the drop boxes.

Credit card transaction fees have been waived during these amended procedures.

Aiken County Auditor's OFfice

The Auditor’s Office will be accepting phone calls (803-642-1510) emails ( and via U. S. Mail at Aiken County Auditor, P.O. Box 94, Aiken, SC. 29802. Contact this office with questions about vehicle registration (new or renewal), homestead exemptions, watercraft registration or other pending tax questions.

Aiken County Assessor's Office

Tax valuation questions, requests for certain applications or other documents should be directed to the Assessor’s Office by either calling (803-642-1583), emailing at or by U. S. Mail at Aiken County Assessor, 1930 University Parkway, Suite 2400, Aiken, S.C. 29801. Many of the forms, applications and documents needed to transact business with the Assessor’s Office can be found on the website.

Aiken County Animal Services

The Aiken County Animal Shelter is closed to the public, but citizens wishing to adopt or foster an animal should call ahead and schedule an appointment to view animals for possible adoption. Any information you can provide about the breed, size, color, etc. of the animal you are interested in will be helpful for the staff to prepare for your visit. The Shelter is located at 333 Wire Road and can be reached at 803-642-1537, Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm or email to schedule an appointment. Due to the crowding at the Shelter, all stray and owner surrender intake is suspended until further notice. Please visit to see information about the Shelter including fees and other important information.

All adoption fees have been waived during these amended operating procedures.

Aiken County Register of Mesne Conveyance

All users of the RMC Office should utilize the office’s online search services instead of visiting the office. Any document that is needed that is not available online, you may contact the office to request a copy. The number to call is 803-642-2072. All fees and charges for the documents still apply.

Documents that need to be recorded should be done so by using the e-recording option. The office will also record documents sent by U.S. Mail, UPS and FedEx. If you are unable to use these options, please contact the office at the number above to make arrangements to have the document recorded.

Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

All County parks and recreation programs remain closed. Open recreation areas such as trails, walking tracks and playgrounds are still available for leisure use.

Aiken County Planning and Development

Subdivision and Commercial Project submittals (Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development) may be made via email at Questions may be directed to the Planning and Development office at (803) 642-1520. Please call to make arrangements for large document submissions.

Building and Manufactured Home Permit submittals may be made via email All other general permits (Safety Electric, Safety Gas, Misc. Power, and Manufactured Development Permits) and inspection requests may be processed by contacting the Codes office at (803) 642-1518.

Hard documents may be submitted to the Planning and Development Department, 1930 University Parkway, Suite 2800, Aiken, SC 29801 or the Treasurer’s Office drop box located at the rear of the County Government Center. Submissions should contain contact information, including phone number and email address, so our office may contact you.

All necessary forms and applications are available through the Planning & Development (Department) page at www.aikencountysc.govunder Forms.

Aiken County Registration and Elections

Aiken County Voter Registration and Elections will accept candidate filings for public office until Noon, March 30, 2020 by appointment. Any individual wishing to file for office by the deadline should contact the Registration and Elections Office by phone at 803-642-2028 to make an appointment. Accommodations will be arranged to have you complete the proper paperwork.

Absentee voting for the City of New Ellenton will also be done by appointment. To make arrangements, please call the number above.

Other business with the office should be conducted online at or by phone at the number above.

EMS and Landfill Payments

For questions relating to EMS and Landfill payments, please contact 803-642-2067. Credit card payments may be accepting over the phone at this number as well.

Magistrates/Summary Court

If you have pending business with any of the Magistrates’ Offices, you should contact the appropriate office to make any necessary arrangements. The courts will be following any directives from the South Carolina Supreme Court with regard to their operations.

Aiken County Administrator’s Office
March 18, 2020

March 16, 2020

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