Beaufort means business
Beaufort is all about business. We offer a stable economy, great location and a desire to help companies with relocation, expansion and retention. Beaufort is within an hour’s drive of Charleston and Savannah. The city manager and director of Community & Economic Development provide personal assistance to help businesses incubate, grow and/or relocate, and can provide information on demographics, incentives, potential sites, transportation, and the workforce.
Doing business with the City
Beaufort Vendor Registry provides a one-stop, 24-hour portal for vendor services and contract information. Vendors can self-manage W9, registration, compliance, and bid information. It provides open access for vendors to compete for the public’s business. Vendor Registry
Licenses and permits
The Community & Economic Development Department enforces building and zoning codes. You’ll find information about obtaining business permits and licenses, inspections, zoning, engineering and more. The department also promotes design standards for new construction, as well as renovation and reuse of existing City buildings.
The State of South Carolina and Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation provide programs, services, and incentives that make it easier for corporations, vendors and small businesses to operate and succeed in our state.
Equal business opportunity
Our website provides information on a wide range of topics, including resources pertaining to minority business participation on
City contracts and becoming certified to do business with the City of Beaufort.
- The City offers a number of incentive programs designed to assist new and expanding industries.
- Historic Beaufort Foundation provides technical assistance in the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
- Commerce Business Park (Industrial Park)
- 500 Carteret Street, Office Building
- Beaufort-Jasper Water Sewer Authority: 843-987-9200
- Building Permits/Inspections: 843-525-7040
- Business Licenses/Hospitality Fees: 843-525-7025
- Chamber of Commerce: 843-986-5400
- Fire Inspections: 843-525-7055
- Incentive Programs: 843-525-7072
- Information: 843-525-7070
- IRS - Income/Withholding Taxes: 800-829-3636
- Real and Personal Property Taxes: 843-470-2519
- Sanitation/Recycling Services: 843-645-4100
- South Carolina Electric and Gas: 800-251-7234