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Statistics show that the overwhelming majority of fire and burglar alarms that we respond to are the result of faulty and improperly maintained alarm systems. Not only do these false alarms tie up greatly needed resources, it puts the community in danger with vehicles responding with lights and sirens. The goal of this ordinance is to ensure that alarm owners are maintaining their systems properly, therefore, reducing or eliminating these false alarms.
Every homeowner or business that has any type of fire, burglar, or medical alarm that is monitored and notifies authorities of an activation, must register their system with the City of Gaffney.
There is a registration form, that will be made available online, that must be filled out and returned to the City of Gaffney. This can be done by returning the form to:
City Hall201 N Limestone Street2nd FloorGaffney, SC 29342
By mailing the form to:
City of GaffneyAttn: Alarm RegistrationP.O. Box 2109Gaffney, SC 29342
The form can also emailed to Billy Bishop
Homeowners and business owners with existing alarm systems must register their systems within 90 days of the adoption of the Ordinance (December 2, 2019).
Registration of the system(s) is free.
Each alarm system for different buildings must be registered separately.
Each alarm system is allowed 3 false alarm activations within one calendar year. A false alarm is defined in summary as an alarm activation with no reasonable evidence of a legitimate problem. This means that if the alarm is activated due to burning food on a stove or a similar action, this is considered unintentional, not a false alarm. False alarms will be for systems that have malfunctions that are not addressed.
The fine for the 4th false alarm is $100 (plus court cost), the 5th occurrence is $300 (plus court cost), the 6th and subsequent offenses are $500 plus court cost. These fines are issued as a Municipal Court Summons, meaning you must appear in court unless you wish to pay the fine in full prior to the court date. The alarms are per system, meaning that locations with multiple buildings will only be fined when they reach 4 false alarms on the same system.
Weather related alarms with the exception of the same activation each time without proper intervention, will not be considered a false alarm.
Plan review and permit requirements can be viewed by downloading the Guidelines for Plan Review and Permits (PDF).
Code violations such as overgrown lots, derelict vehicles and substandard structures which are located on private property and within Gaffney City limits may be reported by calling the Community Development Department at 864-487-8500. Please note: derelict vehicles located in the public right-of-way should be reported to the Police Department.
To request a new address located within Gaffney City limits:
Fill out and submit the Request For New Street Address (eForm) and the Addressing Coordinator will reply by email.
Or, if you prefer a PDF form, download, print and fill out the Request For New Street Address (PDF) form.
To find information about cemeteries managed by the City of Gaffney, please visit our Cemetery webpage.
The Cherokee County Treasurer collects vehicle taxes on behalf of the City of Gaffney. 110 Railroad Avenue Gaffney, SC. 29340Phone: 864-487-2551
To obtain a marriage license, contact the Cherokee County Probate Court.110 Railroad Avenue Gaffney, SC 29340Phone: 864-487-2583.
Please download the 2023 Accommodations Tax Application Packet then complete and submit the form as instructed in the packet.
To request a Hospitality Tax Coupon please fill out and submit the Hospitality Tax Coupon (eForm).
To request a Local Accommodations Tax Return please fill out and submit the Local Accommodations Tax Return (eForm).
To request a Sanitation Roll Out Cart please fill out and submit the Sanitation Roll Out Cart (eForm).
To discontinue a Sanitation Roll Out Cart please fill out and submit the Sanitation Roll Out Cart (eForm).
The Gaffney Fire Department installs smoke detectors in owner-occupied houses of needy citizens in our district. Please contact the main station (Phone: 864-487-8516) located at 205 N Limestone Street for assistance. If you rent your home then please contact your landlord, they are legally bound to provide smoke detectors for you.
The City of Gaffney has a no open burning ordinance. Under some circumstances, the property owners can obtain a burn permit. Please contact the main station at 864-487-8516 located at 205 N Limestone Street for assistance.
The Gaffney Fire Department responds to all wrecks in the fire district to provide first response medical care, assist with traffic, provide extrication when needed, and to control and hazardous material spills
The Cherokee County 911 center screens all calls and when it is determined that the medical call is severe enough and the local fire department can provide basic life support they are dispatched. The Gaffney Fire Department responds to all severe life-threatening emergencies. All firefighters are trained in CPR and basic first aid. We carry AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillator), oxygen, first aid supplies, and CPR equipment on all first out equipment. This is a service we provide the citizens of the district. The fire department can be closer than the ambulance to provide these services in a quicker response.
The firefighters are always ready to respond to emergencies. The crews are always left together so they may be doing training, fire inspections, pre fire plans, plant tours, installing smoke detectors, or simply out grabbing their lunch or dinner. We strive to keep all trucks inside their main response area when feasible. The main misconception is that when a truck is not at the station they are not able to respond to "my" residence.
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The City of Gaffney does not offer the water, power and sewer services. These services are provided by the Gaffney Board of Public Works, located at:
210 E Frederick StreetGaffney, SC 29340Phone: 864-488-8800.
The majority of streets in the City belong to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). All repairs for these streets are referred to the SCDOT. To determine if a street is maintained by the SCDOT, please notice the black number signs at intersections (usually on the stop signs) or the state logo on the street name sign. The following logo can be found on streets signs for streets that are maintained by the SCDOT:
SCDOT-maintained roads are numbered "S-11-###". This number will help expedite your reporting. Please note that highways are also maintained by the SCDOT. Another resource for determining if a street is maintained by the SCDOT is the SCDOT Street Finder which can be found at SCDOT GIS and Mapping. Please call the SCDOT at 864-489-2844 to request repairs to SCDOT streets.
The City of Gaffney, Streets Division performs repairs on all City-maintained streets. The following logo can be found on street signs for streets that are maintained by the City's Streets Division:
To request repairs to City-maintained streets, please fill out the Work Request Form (eForm). You may also call the City Streets Department at 864-487-8510 during normal business hours (7 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday) to request repairs.
To find out more about residential garbage collection, please go to the Cherokee County, Solid Waste Management website or call 864-487-8545.
Yard waste is typically collected once per week by the City of Gaffney Sanitation Division.
New residents should call 864-487-8545 to establish collection for garbage.
The City will pick up large household items such as furniture, mattresses, box springs, or discarded lawn equipment.
Appliances such as washer, dryer, refrigerators and microwaves will be collected by the City.
The City will pick up limbs no larger than 8 feet in length or 8 inches in diameter if generated by the homeowner. The City will not pick up contract work. Contract work consists of capital improvements to the property by contractors. The City will not pick up tree stumps.
Paint cans will be accepted for collection if the paint cans are empty or if they are dry with no fluid residue remaining. If you have wet paint remaining in the can, it can be dried up with kitty litter or oil dry. The dry paint container can be accepted for collection.
Cherokee County LandfillPhone: 864-487-2537
It is the responsibility of the contractor to remove all trash and garbage. Materials left by a contractor working for a homeowner cannot be collected.