l Historic District - City of Beaufort, South Carolina

Historic District

View photos and video from a Lowe's Community Improvement Grant the City received in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful! The project at 605 West Street in the Old Commons Neighborhood was a great success!


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. Click here for Section 3.20 of the city's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for more information. The Historic District Review Board (HRB) has jurisdiction over the majority of projects within the Historic District. As per the UDO, they are guided by The Beaufort Preservation Manual & Supplement, The Northwest Quadrant Design Principles, and the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation.
If you have any questions about a project or building in the Historic District, please contact Lauren Kelly, Project Development Planner for the city - 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!