The Finance Department is responsible for the assessment and collection of most taxes and fees in the City. The Department is responsible for the accurate accounting of all taxes and fees. Click below to learn more about these items:
Real Property Tax
The City of Beaufort utilizes real property taxes as its primary source of revenue for public operations. Real property tax is based on the assessment levied by the Beaufort County Assessor's Office. City Council sets a millage rate which is applied by Beaufort County to the assessed value of real property. All real property taxes are paid to the County, which in turn distributes the City's portion to the Finance Department.
Personal and Business Property Tax
Personal and business property taxes are levied against tangible property including:
- Motor Vehicles
- Motor Homes (Contact County Auditor for Details)
- Watercraft and Motors (DNR Watercraft Items)
- Shrimp Boats
- Commericial Watercraft
- Large Pleasure Craft (Documented Boats)
- Rental Residential Property
- Business Personal Property (Local)
- Business Personal Property (PT100)
These items are assessed by the County Auditor's Office and a millage rate is applied against the assessed value. The County collects these taxes and distributes them to the Finance Department.
Business License Fees
The State of South Carolina requires that localities assess business license fees against the gross revenue of business operations. The City of Beaufort collects fees according to North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Fees are applied to all businesses operating in the City, including those operations based elsewhere. For more information contact the Business License Division.
Fees associated with building and other permits are collected by the City's Codes Division. Permit fees are collected at the time the permit application is submitted. For more information, contact the Codes Division.
Garbage & Recycling Fees
All residents in the City of Beaufort are required to participate in the City's Solid Waste Collection and Recycling program. The program is managed by Waste Pro. Fees are assessed to all residences in the City, and to participating businesses. Fees are collected in conjunction with water bills by the Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority.
All businesses serving prepared foods are required to assess a hospitality fee to customers. There is a 2% local fee imposed by the business on each customer for the purchase of prepared foods or beverages. This 2% hospitality fee is then reported and paid monthly to the Business License department.
There is a 3% local fee imposed by the business on each customer nightly accommodations provided by hotels, motels, inns, beds & breakfast, etc. This 3% accommodations fee is then reported and paid monthly to the Business License department.
The City's Municipal Court collects fees associated with violations of City ordinances. In addition to these fees, the Municipal Court remits fees associated with state criminal and traffic assessments to the appropriate state department. For more information on these fees, contact the Beaufort Municipal Court.
Downtown parking is enforced Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Parking tickets can be paid at Park Beaufort,located at 500 Carteret Street, Suite B, Beaufort SC 29902.
Park Beaufort can be reached at 843-379-9330.
Beaufort Finance Department
1911 Boundary Street
Beaufort, South Carolina 29902
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