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The Bailey Bill is a special property tax incentive for rehabilitating historic buildings. If a property owner invests a minimum of 75% of their building’s assessed value back into the building, and the work is eligible and approved, then the assessed value of the property is “frozen” at the pre-rehabilitation value for the next 10 years.
Properties must meet at least one of the following criteria:
The minimum investment is 75% of the Fair Market Value of the building. This is typically the Beaufort County Tax Assessor's assessed value of the structure. It can also be a recent appraisal (within 45 days of the application).
Work proposed will be reviewed in accordance with “Expenditures for Rehabilitation” as defined by South Carolina (SC) 12-120.D. "Expenditures for rehabilitation" means the actual costs of rehabilitation relating to one or more of the following:
Bailey Bill applications cost $150 for single family residences and duplexes, and $300 for all other types of buildings. The first Historic Review Board application fee will be waived.
Building a better Beaufort is the goal of a $30 million investment in Boundary Street to create a safer and more scenic entry to the city, provide better commercial and retail locations, and improve traffic conditions.
A financial impact analysis indicates the local economy will see $5 in benefits for every $1 invested in the Boundary Street Redevelopment District.
The project includes:
The work is part of a larger effort to reconfigure Beaufort from near the Marine Corps Air Station to annexed areas of Lady’s Island, thus creating a unified and connected neighborhood designed for people, not just cars.
The Streetscape project will go from Neil Road to Greenlawn Drive. The utility work will extend to Ribaut Road. There will be no work done east of Ribaut Road.
The streetscape for the area between Greenlawn Drive and Ribaut Road will be done in the future when the City can secure funding.
Construction started in early January 2016. The entire project, approximately 1.5 miles including side road improvements, is expected to be substantially complete in 2018.
Project management will work to keep traffic disruptions to a minimum throughout this project, but some delays are inevitable. For daily updates, visit the Boundary Street Update page. Local media will be asked to share regular updates and announcements about lane closures or traffic pattern changes.
It is anticipated that a significant portion of the necessary work will occur at night to minimize traffic disruptions. The current lane-closure rules are:
To minimize impact on business along the construction path, it will be a priority for contractors to maintain access to driveways and store entrances throughout the project. Please pay extra attention when driving through the construction zone.
Currently, US 21/Boundary Street consists of two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction separated by a single 15-foot two-way left turn lane. The roadway serves approximately 40,000 vehicles per day.
The updated and improved US 21/Boundary Street will consist of two 11-foot travel lanes in each direction separated by a 17-foot raised landscaped median with a sidewalk on the north shoulder and 10-foot multi-use path on the south shoulder.
There will still be a total of four traffic lanes on Boundary Street, two in each direction. In an emergency, three, or even all four of the lanes, can be reconfigured to help people evacuate the area.
During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 35 miles per hour for the safety of workers. Speeding fines may be increased, and enforcement is needed to ensure the safety of work crews in the work zone. Once constructions is over, the speed limit is expected to return to 40 miles per hour.
Numerous studies have shown roadways with divided medians to be significantly safer than roadways with center turn lanes. Publications such as the Highway Safety Manual (American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials) and the Access Management Manual (Transportation Research Board) cover these safety benefits in depth.
The median breaks are located to utilize the existing and proposed street network and parallel streets to form a complete network of interconnected blocks and streets. This plan is designed to improve traffic flow from Boundary Street to the various street alternatives.
Improving safety is a key point for this project. Adding the landscaped medians will make Boundary Street safer for drivers and pedestrians. Additionally, a side benefit is that it creates a more visually pleasing entrance to City of Beaufort and its National Historic Landmark District.
Landscaping will be designed to minimize maintenance costs.
A key vision for the Boundary Street Corridor is a network of walkable routes to be built north of Boundary Street. Along wider sections of Polk, there will be parallel parking on both sides of the street, narrowing to parking on only one side (the northern side) as the road moves closer to Ribaut Road. Sidewalks will be built.
In February 2012, a video classification of traffic was conducted and found that 98% of vehicles traveling the Boundary Street Corridor were passenger vehicles, 1.5% were single unit trucks, and less than 1% were combination tractor-trailers. The improvements for Boundary Street and South Carolina (SC) 170 are designed to accommodate single unit trucks and intermediate tractor trailers.
Periodic breaks in landscaping will allow for median crossings by emergency vehicles. Also, emergency responders will develop response plans that take into account the geometry of the improved road. The Beaufort Fire Department and Police headquarters are located near the intersection of Ribaut Road and Boundary Street, putting them extremely close to the affected portions of Boundary Street.
Traffic signals will include an emergency vehicle pre-emption system to improve response times, reduce potential for crashes and minimize obstructions to emergency vehicles along the corridor. This system coordinates green lights for responding emergency vehicles. Opposing and conflicting traffic lanes are given red lights.
In addition to these design features, the parallel road and system of gridded streets will be useful for emergency vehicle access. Also, the raised median doesn’t preclude the use of all four lanes for outbound traffic in times of evacuation.
The anticipated economic benefits to business owners along the improved section of Boundary Street Include:
Analysts expect a $5 benefit for every $1 invested in the Boundary Street Redevelopment District.
The total estimated cost to develop and build this important safety project is about $32 million. The Boundary Street Redevelopment Corridor project budget is funded through three sources:
The Boundary Street Redevelopment Corridor plans caught eyes at the federal level in 2011 as Beaufort earned the 16th largest Department of Transportation (DOT) grant that year and the largest in South Carolina history. Of the 848 applications for the TIGER III grant in 2011, only 48 were awarded funding; about 6% of the total applications received.
As a part of the National Environmental Policy Act, studies were conducted to assess for the possible effects of this project on the social, cultural, and natural environments. The project may require minimal amounts of bank stabilization along Boundary Street and will include construction of an elevated boardwalk along the marsh line of Battery Creek.
The project won’t result in permanent loss of aquatic function within the marsh or result in any adverse impacts to the natural environment. All necessary environmental certifications and permits will be obtained prior to construction of the project.
A minimum of 13% of all sub-contracting work will be required to go to South Carolina Department of Transportation-approved Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).
View a diagram of the planned traffic signals and intersections (PDF). A few high points include:
No; the Traffic Study that was conducted as part of the 2009 Boundary Street Improvements Feasibility Study indicated that a roundabout at the South Carolina (SC) 170 and US 21/Boundary Street intersection wouldn’t function adequately due to the high traffic volumes. The intersection will remain under signal control.
A roundabout originally planned for the intersection of Ribaut Road and Boundary has also been postponed.
Yes, for the affected section of Boundary Street, overhead utility lines will be moved below ground.
To improve safety and the appearance of this main entry to Beaufort, utility companies agreed in the Summer of 2014 to move their various lines and cables from overhead poles into an underground “duct bank." This applies to the area between Neil Road and the City Hall/Beaufort County Government Complex at Ribaut Road. The poles will be removed as well.
The end result will be a safer road for drivers, a more attractive entrance to the City of Beaufort, and a lower chance of utility lines being knocked down by storms.
1. A permit is required for most work / improvements (excluding some interior remodeling including painting, doors, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work).
2. General Contractor requirements:
3. Electrical, Plumbing, Gas, and Mechanical Contractors:
A homeowner who owns his own home and lives there and is performing work himself may be issued a permit (after completing a Disclosure Statement and having it recorded at the Register of Deed's office). A homeowner cannot work on a home he owns that is for rent or for sale per Section 40-11-360(5) of the Contractors' Licensing Act.
Any individual performing work on someone else's property is considered a contractor and is required to have the items listed in numbers 1 and 2.
If a contractor requests that the owner obtain the permit, please don't. If this happens, the contractor may not be properly licensed, bonded, and therefore may not want to be responsible for his work. If you have any doubt as to a contractor's qualifications, please do not hesitate to call 525-7040.
As a homeowner, you can be your own contractor, as long as you comply with state law.
But before you do anything, call the Building Codes Office (843-525-7040) to see if a permit is required before beginning any work.
Permits are required if you, as the homeowner, or your authorized agent (your contractor), intend to:
South Carolina state law requires work to be performed by an appropriately licensed contractor. A homeowner may act as their own contractor as long as they are in compliance with South Carolina state law (40-59-260). The state law exception will require that a homeowner’s disclosure statement be completed with the Beaufort County Register of Deed’s office and submitted along with the permit application.
The reason for the permits is a simple one. It is to ensure adequate maintenance of buildings and to adequately protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people and to ensure compliance with the applicable regulations. The codes are ever changing and sometimes a homeowner may not be aware of these changes. We ensure that the work is performed properly and meets standards.
A permit is good for 6 months from the date of issue. An extension may be granted if the owner or contractor can provide a reason why the extension is warranted.
You can put your complaint in writing and submit it in one of the following ways:
Every person involved or intending to become involved in any calling, business, occupation, or profession; in total or in part, within the City of Beaufort is required to pay an annual business license fee based on gross income. Gross income is defined as the total revenue a businesses received or accrues during a calendar year collected or to be collected from business done within the city limits Beaufort. Gross income excludes incomes from business done wholly outside of the City of Beaufort on which a license tax is paid to another municipality.
If you live in the City of Beaufort and operate a business from your home, you will need to complete the annual Business License Application and Home Occupation Application (PDF).
Additional requirements include:
Yes, all contractors (defined as) a person, licensee, subcontractor, or business entity that enters into an agreement to perform any service to work to provide a certain product in exchange for valuable consideration (includes, but shall not be limited to a subcontractor, contract employee, or a recruiting or staffing entity), who performs work in the city limits of Beaufort is required to obtain a City Business License (PDF) regardless of whether the business is physically located within city limits or outside the city limits. The contractor's business license fees are abased on the contract amount of the job.
The City offers a 3-year graduated rate for New businesses located within the city limits. This includes:
Business licenses are not transferable from one owner to another. The new owner must apply for a business license in their name.
The City of Beaufort accepts cash, checks, money orders, and credit or debit cards.
With the implementation of our Beaufort Payment Portal, payments can be made conveniently from your computer, tablet, or smart phone.
Except for a Group Event Business Licenses or a Temporary Contractor's License, a company's initial business license is valid from the time they begin operations through December 31st. Every year thereafter, the license requires renewal. Learn more on our City Business License Renewal page.
If you have closed your business, or plan on closing your business, please complete the City of Beaufort Business Closure Form.
The consolidated budget represents the revenues and expenditures for all the funds that report financial activity of City transactions. These funds include the General Fund, the Special Revenue Funds (Parks and Tourism Fund, Stormwater Fund, American Rescue Plan Act Fund, State Accommodations Tax Fund, Tax Increment Financing II Fund, and Fire Impact Fees Fund), and the Capital Projects Fund that are combined for the fiscal year consolidated budget.
The budget process begins by publishing the budget calendar in January. The City Council strategic planning retreat occurs in February or March, during which public input is encouraged. Work begins on the next fiscal year budget during the month of March when department heads submit their budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year to the city manager. The city manager and the finance director prepare projected revenues by examining trends in the local economy. They consider the economic forecast for the upcoming year, trends in tourism, expansion of businesses and construction, and future grant opportunities. Continual discussion with department heads occurs until a balanced budget is reached that takes into consideration the City Council’s established priorities.
The city manager and finance director present more detailed information to the City Council in April and May, which includes the revenue forecast and the presentation of the recommended consolidated budget at a Work Session. This is followed by department heads presenting their department budgets to the City Council at a separate Work Session.
The City issues a public notice 15 days prior to the public hearing on the budget, which is then followed by the first and second reading of the budget ordinance before City Council for approval and adoption prior to June 30. Public input and comments are welcomed throughout the budget process -- during the strategic planning retreat, budget work sessions, public hearing, and first and second readings of the budget ordinance.
Beginning with the FY2024 budget, the City of Beaufort included funding for capital projects in the yearly budget, instead of authorizing each one on a project-by-project basis.
The budget year – fiscal year – begins on July 1 and ends the following year on June 30. This cycle is in synchronization with the State of South Carolina fiscal year calendar.
The budget is approved by the City Council with two readings of the budget ordinance. The second reading must be approved before July 1. At each of the two readings, there is opportunity for public comment.
The General Fund is the City of Beaufort’s primary operating fund. It includes the revenues generated by property taxes, business licenses, building permits, grant revenues, franchise fees, and various other miscellaneous revenues. On the expenditure side, it includes most of the costs for salaries, benefits, and operations of the City’s departments and services including police, fire, public works, and administrative departments.
In addition to the General Fund, the other funds that make up the consolidated budget are:
Parks and Tourism Fund: The Parks and Tourism Fund is funded mostly through local accommodation and hospitality taxes from the hotel and restaurant industries and other fees associated with parks and tourism activity. All businesses serving prepared foods or beverages are required to assess a 2% hospitality tax to their customers. A 3% local accommodations tax is charged by the business on each customer’s nightly stay at lodgings such as hotels, inns, beds and breakfasts, and short-term rentals. A portion of salaries, benefits, and operational costs that support our parks and tourism activity comes out of this fund. These expenditures help to support Beaufort as a thriving tourist destination, and maintain and improve our City’s parks.
Stormwater Fund: Residents and businesses pay an annual stormwater fee which is applied to the annual real property tax bill. This fund helps pay for stormwater infrastructure. It is approximately $135 a year for most residents. A portion of salaries, benefits, and operations costs – all related to stormwater work – is paid from this fund. State Accommodations Tax Fund: Revenues in this fund come from the State of South Carolina’s 2% Accommodations Tax on nightly rental stays including hotels and short-term rentals within the City. Expenditures are restricted to tourism-related activities and development of workforce housing in accordance with state law.
Fire Impact Fund: New construction in Beaufort is assessed a fire impact fee once, and this helps to pay for capital equipment and improvements in the Fire Department. The fee is assessed based on the square footage of the home or business. For a 2,300-square-foot home, the fee is $305.43.
TIF II Fund: The Tax Increment Financing District II Fund is used to account for property tax proceeds generated in the TIF II district. These funds are restricted for expenditures and capital improvement projects that benefit the TIF II district, which encompasses portions along Boundary Street and surrounding areas. ARPA Fund: The American Rescue Plan Act fund accounts for the activity related to governmental services and projects impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The revenue in this fund was derived from federal grants.
Capital Project Fund: The capital project fund accounts for the activity related to capital improvements within the City. These projects are typically related to City infrastructure, and include stormwater drainage projects, streetscape projects, improvements at City parks, and new construction for public purposes. Currently, the City is engaged in a major stormwater drainage project for Downtown and The Point, and is about to undertake substantial improvements in Southside and Washington Street Parks. A streetscape project along Alison Road will be underway in FY2024, and will include many improvements, including putting utility lines underground.
Property taxes, which comprise 23%, are the largest percentage of Beaufort’s revenues. Property taxes are determined by the assessment of “real, vehicle and personal property” – i.e., your home, car, boat, etc. State law requires real property values to be reassessed every five years, which is being applied in Beaufort County on the 2023 real property tax bill.
Other sources of revenue include building permits, business licenses, hospitality and accommodations taxes generated mostly by restaurants and hotels, grants, and various miscellaneous revenues. If more businesses are opening in Beaufort, if more homes are being built, and if more tourists are continuing to visit here, then these revenues are likely to increase during strong economic cycles.
The millage rate is the tax rate set by each taxing jurisdiction, such as the county, school district, or municipality. As explained by the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, the value of a mill represents the amount of property tax revenue one mill will generate. A mill equals 1/1000 of the assessed value of the property subject to property taxes. For example, if the assessed value of a property totals $100,000 the value of a mill is $100.
For FY 2024, the City of Beaufort’s municipal mill rate is 73.9, which is comprised of 58.3 operating mill and 15.6 debt mill. The operating mill is capped by state law based on the Consumer Price Index and population growth. The debt mill is set based on annual debt service payments. If your residential home is appraised at $350,000, the City of Beaufort will receive approximately $1,035 in property tax revenue.
Our capital projects, which may be funded in phases, are paid for by City resources and leveraged with federal and state grants, bonds, and private/public partnerships.
City Council determines these priorities through its annual Strategic Planning process. These projects are determined by overall City needs – such as replacing outdated infrastructure (old drainage pipes that don’t have the capacity to meet current drainage needs); improving roads and adding sidewalks, streetscape landscaping, and placing utilities underground where possible; maintaining our historic properties (such as the Arsenal and Carnegie Library building) and major improvements and amenities to City parks.
Projects are prioritized based on various factors, among them public safety, public benefit to residents and business owners, and funding availability.
When necessary, the City borrows bonds to fund capital improvement projects. Current bonds include:
Further details of the City’s debt service can be found in the City’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, in the long-term debt section beginning on page D-21 and accessed through ACFR-Final-2022 (cityofbeaufort.org).
No. These funds are bonded against future Parks and Tourism Fund revenue mostly funded by local accommodation and hospitality taxes, and they do not impact property taxes in any way.
According to Moody’s rating agency, the City has a very strong credit position. The Aa2 rating is slightly above the median rating of Aa3 for US cities. Notable credit factors include a robust financial position, healthy tax base, and sound wealth and income profile. The stronger the bond rating, the lower the interest rates on new borrowings. The City has leveraged this bond rating to reduce debt service payments and the impact to taxpayers.
The City maintains reserves or fund balance to serve as a measure of the financial resources available in a governmental fund. It is essential that governments maintain adequate levels of fund balance to mitigate current and future risks, ensure stable tax rates, maintain favorable bond ratings, and not jeopardize the continuation of necessary public services, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). City Council has set a minimum fund balance target of 25% of expenditures and recurring transfers, along with a 3% reserve for stabilization, bringing the total fund balance target to 28% of next year’s General Fund expenditure budget. This allows the City to have enough funds on hand to pay for over three months of expenditures in the event of an emergency.
City Council and City managers seek to attract and retain a dedicated and talented workforce that is responsive to those who live in Beaufort, work here, own businesses here, or visit here. Our last compensation study was completed in September 2021. The analysis of the City’s compensation system revealed some opportunities for improvement. The City periodically reviews our pay structure to remain competitive in the marketplace.
The salary structure is an administrative tool for making fair and consistent basic salary decisions. As such, the City implemented a merit-based performance management system several years ago to ensure that the basis of compensation is fair, that employees know what is expected of them, and that annual salary increases are based on performance.
Merit pay is used to reward successful performance. When budgeted, merit increases will be awarded to employees who consistently exceed performance standards as reflected on their annual evaluation. In addition, due to the unprecedented inflationary rates affecting our community, the fiscal year 2024 recommended budget includes a 5% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for all employees, except for the city manager. The city manager’s salary is set by his employment agreement and may be adjusted by City Council, usually in conjunction with the city manager’s annual review.
The ability to provide pay increases may vary from year to year depending on the economy, budget constraints, and other priorities set forth by Council.
View the answer on the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website.
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A hurricane or tropical storm watch means storm conditions are possible in a specified area. This watch is usually issued 48 hours before storm-force winds (39-73 mph or higher) are expected in an area. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding.
A hurricane or tropical storm warning means storm conditions are expected in a specified area. This warning is usually issued 36 hours before storm-force winds (39-73 mph or higher) are expected in an area.
The Saffir-Simpson Scale classifies hurricanes by maximum sustained winds. However, please keep in mind a storm may have stronger wind gusts.Categories 1 through 5:
These categories only highlight potential damage and impacts form the wind. This does not address other potential hurricane related impacts, such as storm surge, flooding, and tornadoes.
Please also be mindful to not classify a storm by “just a category X.” There are many variables which can affect the severity of a hurricane such as if it is arrives at high tide. Remember, many factors are in a hurricane equation and each storm and its potential damage is unique. It is always best to err on the side of safety than to take a cavalier attitude towards hurricanes and tropical storms.
In South Carolina, only the governor can issue a mandatory evacuation order. Your local county and municipal officials are following the governor’s directive and may enact local measures to support and augment an evacuation order as needed for public safety.
For our area, the evacuation route will flow north and west. Lane reversals are possible and should be expected during an evacuation. Evacuation routes can be found at https://www.scemd.org/prepare/know-your-zone/.
During a pending storm, early evacuation is encouraged. As a former emergency manager said, “When you see a storm brewing, it’s a perfect time to plan a trip to visit friends or family.” If you leave before an official evacuation order, you can travel freely via any route. Once an evacuation order is issued, you may have to take a prescribed route out of town and endure traffic congestion. If your schedule permits, leaving as soon as you are able can prevent congestion and personal frustration.
The Beaufort County Storm Center is managed by the Beaufort County sheriff, and is the lead emergency management agency for all of Beaufort County. It has a direct link to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and during emergencies that office coordinates all response activities countywide through the Beaufort County Emergency Operations Center. The County Emergency Operations Center is staffed by critical support functions and representatives from all municipalities and military bases in the county as well as representatives from the Beaufort County School District.
Following the governor’s lifting of an evacuation order, a policy group made up of senior representatives in the Emergency Operations Center provide input to the Beaufort County emergency manager regarding re-entry procedures.
The City of Beaufort follows the directives of Beaufort County Emergency Management during a hurricane or critical incident. The City of Beaufort activates its own Emergency Operations Center, within the Fire Department, and its representatives are available to assist you with information during such an event.
During a hurricane, the City will update its social media accounts frequently to ensure our residents are receiving the most recent, accurate information. Please be mindful to check if the information you are sharing and/or believing is attributed to a reliable source such as state, county or local government agency.
There are NO shelters available in Beaufort County during a hurricane. Beaufort County, also known as the Lowcountry, is comprised of low-lying land surrounded by marshes, rivers and other bodies of water. There are no shelters in Beaufort County due to its flat land and being flood prone.
In previous years, the Red Cross has opened some shelters in Jasper County during storm events. Please call the Red Cross Lowcountry Chapter (843-764-2323) for more information, or follow them on social media.
This brochure from the Beaufort County Storm Center has information on where people can be picked up and brought to a shelter during an evacuation.
Additionally, a list of shelters will be available on https://scemd.org/stay-informed/emergency-shelters/
If you need transportation to a shelter prior to a storm, please call Palmetto Breeze, the Lowcountry’s public transportation system at 843.757.5782. Please plan ahead; its buses cease operation once the storm and/or high winds begin.
Mandatory evacuation orders are issued to save the lives of residents as well as first responders. If you choose to ignore the mandatory evacuation order, be prepared to be self-sufficient during, and for the first 72 hours after, a storm. High winds during storms prohibit travel of emergency response vehicles, and debris following storms, may also prevent travel. In addition, mandatory evacuations also include closure of hospital facilities. This means medical care is unavailable until after evacuation orders are lifted. Be prepared to be without electrical power as well.
A development impact fee is a one-time payment imposed by a local government for new development’s proportionate share of the capital cost of infrastructure. The development impact fees are collected from new construction at the time a new building permit is issued. Beaufort County conducted a development impact fee study in July 2020 and County Council adopted the recommended development impact fee rates for northern and southern Beaufort County as a result of that study. The study demonstrated that as a result of projected land uses, densities, and population growth estimates over the next 10 years within northern Beaufort County, there will be a need for expanded parks and recreation facilities, library facilities and transportation improvements to support such projected new growth and maintain a reasonable level of service standards.
The State of South Carolina grants the power for cities and counties to collect development impact fees on new development. Beaufort County adopted a development impact fee ordinance for the collection of parks and recreation, transportation, and library impact fees on May 22, 2023. The City of Beaufort entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the County on May 24, 2023, for the collection, on the County’s behalf, of development impact fees for parks and recreation, transportation, and library services. The collection of the new impact fees went into effect on June 5, 2023.
Separately, the City adopted a development impact fees ordinance for fire services on April 13, 2020. This addressed substantial growth and new construction within the municipality, which requires additional fire services infrastructure capacity and maintenance. Those fees went to effect January 1, 2021.
These fees help to offset the financial impact a new development places on public infrastructure, such as roads, parks, and libraries.
It depends on the square footage of the home. For example, for a 2,300-square-foot-home, a developer would pay a one-time fee of $466 for library services, $1,006 for parks and recreation services, and $3,135 for road services, for a total of $4,607 in impact fees. In addition, in the City of Beaufort, developers pay $305.43 fire impact fee for a 2,300-square-foot home.
Developers and builders of new residential property development pay for library, parks, and road impact fees. Developers of new commercial property pay only the road impact fee.
The developer may decide to add some or all of the cost of the impact fees into the price of the home.
Several infrastructure improvements are needed in northern Beaufort County and are attached to the intergovernmental agreement signed by the City of Beaufort and Beaufort County. Some of these projects are within the City of Beaufort and will receive a level of funding through impact fees. These include the construction of a parallel road to Boundary Street, Calhoun streetscape improvements, and improvements along Ribaut Road and park improvements for several City-owned parks. Other roads, parks, and library projects in northern Beaufort County are included in the County development impact fee ordinance.
Yes, but the development impact fee rate schedules are different for northern and southern Beaufort County.
Payments for traffic citations can be made at http://www.beaufortcourt.org/. You must provide your last name and ticket number to pay your fine online. Money Orders, Certified Checks and Cashier’s Checks made payable to the Beaufort Municipal Court and can be mailed to 1901 Boundary Street Beaufort, South Carolina 29902. We do not accept out of state personal checks. Payments can also be made in person at 1901 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC 29902.
Yes, we take credit/debit cards for fines. We accepted Visa, MasterCard, & American Express.
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It depends. There is a limit of 6% of the properties in a neighborhood that can be licensed as Short Term Rentals. If you live on the premises that you are using as a Short Term Rental the property would not apply against that cap limit. It would be best to contact us to see whether or not that cap limit has been met in your neighborhood.
No. Permission from the property owner is always required. If you are acting as an agent on behalf of the property owner a notarized statement from the property owner is required to complete the application process.
As soon as you become aware of the Ordinance it is in your best interest to cease operations of your Short Term Rental and immediately contact the Business License Division to avoid additional consequences. In order to continue operating your Short Term Rental you must meet all of the requirements, be properly approved and pay a penalty application fee of $1,000. If you are determined ineligible, you must cease operations as a Short Term Rental. Noncompliance will be met with recourse under penalty of law.
No. The City does not maintain a waiting list. It is the responsibility of the property owner to periodically check with the City to determine if a spot has become available in your neighborhood. Applications are reviewed and approved on a first come and first serve basis. All applications are valid for six months from the date of your application.