Beaufort is the second oldest town in South Carolina, originally established in 1711 on Port Royal Island, one of 65 islands comprising Beaufort County. In 1969, the 304-acre area comprising the original town was listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1969 and in 1973, the district was designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL). In 2001, the district's period of significance was extended to 1950.
Building in the Historic District
All new construction, additions, renovations, site work and demolitions in the historic district requires a Certificate of Appropriateness. See Section 9.10
of the City's Beaufort Code for more information. The Historic District Review Board
(HRB) has jurisdiction over the majority of projects within the Historic District. As per the Beaufort Code, Section 10.7
, they are guided by The Beaufort Preservation Manual
, The Northwest Quadrant Design Principles
, the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation
, and Article 4 of the Beaufort Code
If you have any questions about a project or building in the Historic District, please contact Lauren Kelly
, City Architect & Project Development Planner - 843-525-7014. You can also browse the list of resources below.
Is your property located on the 1997 Beaufort County Historic Sites Survey? Find out!