Zoning Board of Appeals

Board Overview

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA) is a five-member board appointed by the City Council. The Board has the following powers and duties:

  • to hear and decide Appeals where it is alleged there is error in a decision or requirement made by an Administrative Official in the enforcement of the The Beaufort Code
  • to permit uses by Special Exception subject to the terms set forth in The Beaufort Code
  • to hear and decide requests for Variance from the requirements of Chapter 4 of the City's Beaufort Code, Floodplain Regulations
  • to hear and decide requests for Variance from the requirements of the City's Beaufort Code when strict application of the provisions of the Ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship

Granting Variances

A variance may be granted by the ZBOA only when the Board makes and explains in writing all of the following findings:

  • Comprehensive Plan: Granting of the variance would not substantially conflict with the Comprehensive Plan and the purposes of The Beaufort Code
  • Conditions: The conditions are not the result of the applicant's own actions
  • Extraordinary and exceptional conditions: There are extraordinary and exceptional conditions pertaining to the particular piece of property. For example, the variance is justified because of topographic or other special conditions unique to the property and development involved, in contradistinction to mere inconvenience or financial disadvantage
  • Other property: These conditions do no generally apply to other property in the vicinity
  • Substantial detriment: The authorization of the variance would not be of substantial detriment to adjacent property or the public good, and the character of the district would not be harmed by granting of the variance
  • Utilization: Because of these conditions, the application of the ordinance to the particular piece of property would effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict the utilization of the property

The fact that property may be utilized more profitably should a variance be granted may not be considered grounds for a variance.

Not Granting a Variance

The Board may not grant a variance the effect of which would be to:

  • Allow the establishment of a use not otherwise permitted in the applicable zoning district
  • Change the zoning district boundaries shown on the official zoning map
  • Extend physically a nonconforming use of land
  • Increase the density of a use above that permitted by the applicable district

Section 3.15 of the UDO describes the Variance process in more detail.  Section 3.16 describes the process for obtaining a Special Exception. Section 3.17 describes the Administrative Appeals process.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


  • 5:30 p.m.
  • 4th Monday of the month
  • City Hall (Council Chambers)
    1911 Boundary Street
    Beaufort, South Carolina 29902


  • Josh Gibson, Chairman
  • Joe Noll, Vice-Chairman
  • Jody Lee Caron
  • Nigel Stroud
  • Tim Wood

2019 Meeting Dates

Meeting ScheduleDeadline for Application
Monday, January 28, 2019Friday, December 28, 2018
Monday, February 25, 2019Friday, January 25, 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019Friday, February 22, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019Friday, March 22, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019Friday, April 22, 2019
Monday, June 24, 2019Friday, May 24, 2019
Monday, July 22, 2019Friday, June 21, 2019
Monday, August 26, 2019Friday, July 26, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019Friday, August 23, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019Friday, September 27, 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019Friday, October 25, 2019
Monday, December 18, 2019Friday, November 18, 2019


  1. All proposed projects are required to be submitted to the City of Beaufort Department of Planning and Development Services at:
        City Hall
        1911 Boundary Street
        Beaufort, South Carolina 29902
  2. Documents must be to scale, collated and bound by folding/stapling each set
  3. Important: A project will not be reviewed if the applicant or representative is not present at the meeting
  4. Submit 6 hard copies of all documents submitted (1 full-size, 5 half-size) and digital copy of all documents
  5. The applicant fee includes the advertising and administration fees

Forms & Applications

View the various Zoning Board of Appeals forms and applications: