Architectural review board policies and procedures are a common concern among people who wish to build or renovate. The process seems lengthy,the forms can be confusing, and people worry that the board will prevent their project from moving forward. The first step is discuss the process with the administrator.

Homeowners who have hired an architect will find themselves at an advantage in the review board process. Local architects have established relationships with many of the review boards in the area. The architect will help you through the process by completing forms, compiling submissions, and presenting your project to the board. There are two types of review boards. In Beaufort and Port Royal, there are public review boards whose members are appointed by the local governments. These review board are tasked with preserving the integrity of the historic districts. The meeting are open to the public, so they will vote and discuss projects in front of the architects and owners.

Many private communities in Beaufort County have their own review boards. Generally, these boards are populated with other homeowners and have an architect advisor. The boards often meet in private but will allow your architect to present the project and answer questions.