Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering section of the Engineering Division is comprised of civil engineers, surveyors, and technical support staff whose essential function is to ensure the integrity of the City's public right of ways.


A primary responsibility includes managing capital improvement projects to include the city's pavement management program and new sidewalk construction program (NSTEP), as well as a variety of other roadway and transportation projects, stormwater and wastewater improvements, and community development projects.

Other key responsibilities include administering the street and alley abandonment process for the City, reviewing survey plat applications, providing survey support services to other City departments and assisting the City's Planning and Development Department with subdivision administration.

Street & Alley Abandonment

Street and Alley Abandonment requests are administered by the City's Engineering Division in accordance with City Resolution Number 96-25.

Application Process

Right of way abandonment requests require the submittal of a petition with a $150 application fee and a recordable survey of the abandonment area. The petition has to be signed by the applicant and preferably as many supporting property owners having frontage on the section of right of way to be abandoned.

The scheduling involves typically a 2-week review period by all City Departments, utilities and agencies that may be impacted by the abandonment to be followed by a public hearing and two Council readings for final approval. A typical abandonment application takes 10-12 weeks for review and approval from the application date.

Survey Plat Review

Retracement surveys for boundary, mortgage, closing and any other type of survey that does not result in a modification to the existing property lines require approval from the Engineering Division prior to being recorded at the Greenville County Register of Deeds office. Plat reviews are performed by the Survey Manager for the City of Greenville and can be submitted, reviewed and approved electronically.

More Information

For submittal, please send a pdf of the survey to our staff via email. For additional information regarding the retracement survey approval process, please contact the Engineering Division at 864-467-4400.