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South Carolina TODS Eligibility Criteria

    1. Located in a rural area
    2. Located on or accessible from a paved rural highway on the state highway system
    3. Offer agricultural activities related to production, harvest, processing, preservation, management, cultural, historical, recreational, educational, entertainment, and commercial activities, services, and/or products to the general public
    4. Be unique and local in nature and not part of a chain of businesses having a common name under common ownership and management or under a franchise arrangement
    5. Have a permanent location and the agritourism-oriented activity shall be associated with a permanent building: constructed principally of brick, concrete block, stone, concrete, metal, or wood, or some combination of these materials
    6. Open to the public on a regular schedule and have at least 1 employee attendant at the activity site, performing work and available to the public for at least 5 days per week, 6 hours per day, 48 weeks per year; an agricultural operation open on a seasonal basis may be eligible for participation in the program provided it is open for business on a regular schedule with at least 1 employee attendant at the activity site for at least 5 days per week, 6 hours per day, 3 months out of the year
    7. Post its hours and days of operation at or near the main entrance so that they are visible to the public during closed as well as open hours
    8. Have electricity, public telephone or telephone with published phone number and answered at the activity, excluding call forwarding systems, running water, restrooms, drinking water, and adequate heating and cooling; this requirement may not apply to seasonal agricultural activities, services, or products where it is not practical
    9. If any general admission is charged, the costs of admission shall be clearly displayed to the prospective visitors
    10. Be located within 5 miles of the intersecting route with a rural state primary highway where the program sign is to be erected
    11. Be an agritourism business qualified to participate in the SC Department of Agriculture promotional programs
    12. Have on-site signage that is visible from the paved rural highway
    13. Have driveway access from a paved public highway
    14. Provide off street parking accommodations
    15. Be open to the general public and not by appointment or reservation only
    16. Qualifying business shall list its location, operating season, hours, and contact information with the Department of Agriculture and have one of the following: a reception structure; a controlled gate; a staffed reception and orientation point; or permanent interpretation panels or displays
    17. If an agritourism-oriented facility is located on a local paved road and more than one intersection from the nearest state route, the facility shall provide written documentation to ensure that the local government will permit similar directional signs on the right of way of the local system sufficient to guide motorist to the business
      1. Be located in a rural area
      2. Be limited to the following services: gas, food, lodging, camping, educational, cultural, recreational, and entertainment activities, or a unique or unusual commercial or non-profit activity
      3. Be a business or facility that derives greater than 50% of its income or total visitors during a normal business season from road users not residing in the area of the business or facility
      4. Meet current compliance with all applicable laws concerning the provision of public accommodation without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin or lifestyle, and laws concerning the licensing and approval of public facilities
      5. Adhere to the safety standards and procedures that apply to the industry to which the operation belongs
      6. Be local in nature, and represent the unique cultural, historical, natural, or recreational resources of the area and not be part of a chain of businesses having a common name under common ownership and management or under a franchise arrangement
      7. Be located within 5 miles of an intersection with a rural primary route on the state highway system where the program sign is to be erected
      8. Have on-site signage that is visible from the paved rural highway
      9. Be ADA compliant
      10. Have available the following public services: electricity, public restrooms, drinking water, public telephones or telephone with published phone number and answered at the activity, excluding call forwarding systems, permanent flooring other than dirt, gravel, sand, etc., and adequate heating and cooling
      11. Post hours and days of operation at or near the main entrance so that they are visible to the public during closed as well as open hours
      12. Be open to the general public and not by appointment or reservation only
      13. Unless otherwise stated, be open to the public and have at least 1 employee attendant at the activity site, performing work and available to the public for at least 8 hours a day, 6 days a week, 6 months a year
      14. A business shall market its location, operating season and hours, contact information and have one of the following: a reception structure; a controlled gate; a staffed reception and orientation point; or permanent interpretation panels or displays
      15. Be willing to provide visitor information for surrounding area and region
      16. Have a driveway access from a paved public highway
      17. Provide off street parking accommodations
      18. For bed and breakfast lodging: provide a minimum of 4 sleeping units complete with private bath facilities for each sleeping unit, offer 1 or more meals to guest in a dining area separate from the sleeping rooms, and provide lodging services for at least 5 nights per week
      19. If a tourism-oriented facility is located on a local paved road and more than one intersection from the nearest state route, the facility shall provide written documentation to ensure that the local government will permit similar directional signs on the right of way of the local system sufficient to guide motorist to the business

    *Applications are reviewed and approved by the oversight committee at its semiannual meetings. Applications can be found at South Carolina TODS Applications.