The purpose of Design Review is "to establish a review process that will protect and improve the visual and aesthetic character and economic value" of development within the City of Charleston.
DRB reviews new construction, exterior alterations, and signage for commercial/non-residential projects and residential projects (eight or more units) where the property lies within the designated corridors (see DRB List of Corridors (PDF)). Projects that are less than 3,000 square feet, with certain restrictions, may be reviewed at Staff level and are not required to go before the Board.
YOUTUBE - Meetings are live streamed and video recordings are posted to YouTube
Speak in person at the meeting without signing up in advance. There is no Zoom option.
Written comments must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. the business day before the meeting and must be submitted at http://innovate.charleston-sc.gov/comments/. Written comments will be provided to the board members 24 hours in advance of the meeting and will be acknowledged into the record and summarized. You are encouraged to attend the meeting in person to speak if you would prefer your comments to be fully heard. You may also mail/deliver written comments to the Planning Department, 2 George St, Suite 3100, Charleston, SC 29401.
Questions? Please call the Planning Department at 843-724-3765.
Plans for DRB meeting agendas will be accepted digitally; paper submittals will not be accepted. Applications and plans must be submitted in PDF format directly to the board administrator, David Meeks, via email.Please note, 50MB is the maximum file size that can be received via email; contact staff directly to discuss larger files. Applications are due by NOON on the deadline date. When making submittals please use the latest version of DRB documents found on this website as they are updated frequently.
STAFF REVIEW SUBMITTALS
Simple requests such as painting, repair, and small modifications may be sent to email@example.com and will be distributed to DRB staff. Please include other applicable applications, photographs, and valuation of request. See also information about the Permit Center.