Resources

Below are links to various resources or information pertaining to the built environment around the Lowcountry.

LOCAL MUNICIPAL BOARDS & REGULATIONS

City of Charleston Design Review Board (DRB)

The Charleston Design Review Board is the governing board tasked with reviewing built projects within the city of limits, generally located outside of the peninsula area.

City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review (BAR)

The Charleston Board of Architectural Review is the governing board tasked with reviewing built projects within the city of limits, generally located within the historic area of the peninsula.

City of Charleston Design Division

The Charleston Civic Design Center is an event space operated by the City of Charleston and functions as a gallery, meeting space, and information center for the general public about urban design and planning matters.

City of Charleston Zoning Map

A comprehensive tool for identifying zoning information for properties located with the City of Charleston.

City of Charleston Technical Review Committee (TRC)

The Charleston Technical Review Committee exists to help projects get designed and permitted in the most efficient manner possible. The review committee consists of representatives from multiple city departments and divisions including Planning, Zoning, Traffic & Transportation, Fire, Engineering, Stormwater, Parks, ADA/Legal, and GIS/Addressing.

City of Charleston Zoning Ordinance

A comprehensive zoning ordinance governing land use within the city limits of Charleston.

Town of Mount Pleasant Design Review Board

The Mount Pleasant Design Review Board was established to ensure proposed projects comply with established design guidelines adopted by the Town of Mount Pleasant.

FLOODPLAINS

FEMA Flood Maps

A tool to determine if a property is located within FEMA designated flood zones.

FEMA Flood Zone Building Requirements

Various technical bulletins issued by FEMA governing allowed building practices in the various flood zones categories.

HISTORIC & PRESERVATION

Charleston Preservation Society

The Preservation Society of Charleston is dedicated to recognizing, protecting, and advocating for the Lowcountry’s historic places.

Historic Charleston Foundation

Historic Charleston Foundation is an advocacy organization advancing the mission of historic preservation.

South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) encourages and facilitates the responsible stewardship of South Carolina's irreplaceable historic and prehistoric places.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation.