City of Beaufort Government

Thank you for visiting our beautiful and historic city’s website. We strive to provide accurate and up to date information on a variety of topics that may affect you as a resident, business or visitor.

Founded in 1711, Beaufort is South Carolina’s second oldest city. Our rich cultural heritage is part of our daily life, and we strive to protect and preserve our city’s history in the 304-acre National Historic Landmark District.

Our Council-Manager form of government utilizes a five-member City Council, including the mayor, all elected at-large by voters within the city limits. They set policy and govern through their single employee, the City Manager. The City Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations and for carrying out policy decisions made by the City Council.

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What's New

Business License Ordinance had First Reading on April 26, 2016, Second and Final Reading and Approval will be on May 10, 2016 Ordinance Amending Business License Provisions of City Code to Require Registration of All Business Activity and... read more
The WFP playground will be closed Friday, April 29, 2016 to allow the Greenery to treat the playground for fire ants. City Staff anticipates completion of the treatment to the playground to be completed on this date. If you need further information, ... read more