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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Some City of Charleston Administrative Office to Close During Solar Eclipse

The city of Charleston will remain open on Monday, August 21 during the total solar eclipse. City parks, recreation centers, visitor centers, and numerous other public spaces will be open for use during the event. Due to the expected increase in visitors ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2017

Modified Eclipse Week Garbage and Trash Collection

Due to anticipated traffic congestion related to the total eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, garbage and trash schedules have been modified for the week.In order to provide service to everyone in a timely manner, garbage and trash collections...

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

City of Charleston to Upgrade Permit Software

The City of Charleston will switch to a new and improved permit and land management software, EnerGov, on August 14, 2017.  With this upgrade, users will have access to online permit management, increased reporting capabilities, as well as inspec...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Read Brothers on King Street Ordered Closed Until Buildings Stabilized

Based on a new report from structural engineer Craig Bennett (attached), the city of Charleston has ordered Read Brothers on King Street closed until the associated buildings have been fully stabilized. In his report, Mr. Bennett states that portions of ...Read on...
Posted on: August 8, 2017

City of Charleston Celebrates New School Year at First Day Festival

The city of Charleston will welcome thousands of students and their families to the 15th Annual First Day Festival at Liberty Square at the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. Each year, the festival ...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

City of Charleston Gives Public Notice of FEMA Grant Application

The City of Charleston has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding through the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) as a sub-grantee. The proposed work includes the replacement of ex...Read on...
Posted on: July 13, 2017

Global Entry Program Interviews to Be Held at Gaillard Center

The City of Charleston has arranged to have U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conduct in-person enrollment interviews for applicants to CBP’s Global Entry program in Charleston at the Gaillard Center first floor public meeting ro...Read on...

Posted on: July 12, 2017

Charleston Selected to Join National What Works Cities Initiative

Eighty-five Cities Now Committed to Making Government More Effective Using Data and Evidence July 12, 2017, Mayor John Tecklenburg announced that Charleston has been selected as one of five new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’...Read on...
Posted on: July 11, 2017

Public Input Sought for Design of Low Battery Seawall, Public Space

The city of Charleston Design Division is seeking public input on the design of the public space along the waterfront at the Low Battery seawall. The city will be undertaking an extensive reconstruction project to replace and raise the Low Battery seawal...Read on...
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Following Treatment, Charleston Fire Department Station 11 Reopened

Charleston Fire Department Station 11 has been treated and cleared for reentry. Earlier this week, full pest treatment protocols were activated at Station 11, after bedbugs were spotted on top of a covered mattress in the dormitory area. Firefighters who ...Read on...

Posted on: July 5, 2017

City Responds to Inquiries about Timing of the Decision to Remove Carriage Horses from the Street

Today, city spokesperson Jack O’Toole released the following statement, in response to inquiries about the timing of the city’s decision to remove carriage horses from the streets under the city’s new heat ordinance: Under t...Read on...
Posted on: July 5, 2017

New City Horse Carriage Heat Ordinance Triggered by High Temperatures

Due to high sustained heat levels, Charleston Director of Livability and Tourism Dan Riccio ordered horse carriages to return to their barns at 2:40 p.m. on July 5, 2017. This decision involved four consecutive temperature readings indicating 95 degree or...Read on...

Posted on: July 5, 2017

Full Pest Treatment Protocols Now in Force at Charleston Fire Department Station 11

Full pest treatment protocols are now in force at Charleston Fire Department Station 11, after bed bugs were spotted on top of a covered mattress in the dormitory area overnight. The report was confirmed this morning by a trained, pest-sniffing dog, which...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2017

New Signage to Appear on Charleston Horse Carriages

Like many large trucks now on our highways, horse carriages in the city of Charleston will soon carry signage reminding drivers to keep a safe distance between their vehicle and the carriage in front of them. The signs will also suggest that drivers refra...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2017

City of Charleston Files Suit in Short-Term Rental Case

Today, the City of Charleston filed suit in Charleston County Court of Common Pleas against the owner of 4 Atlantic Street in downtown Charleston for violating the city’s zoning ordinances with regard to short term rentals. Under current law, sh...Read on...

Copy of the Summons and Complaint
Posted on: June 30, 2017

Mayor Tecklenburg Names Interim Police Chief

Deputy Chief Jerome Taylor Headshot.jpg Today, June 30, 2017, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Jerome Taylor as the Charleston Police Department’s Interim Police Chief. Taylor has served in law enforcement for more than forty years, most...Read on...
Posted on: June 26, 2017

Street Sweeping Towing to be Enforced in Radcliffeborough

Following the success of the Harleston Village street sweeping towing enforcement, the City of Charleston is responding to requests for towing of illegally parked vehicles during street sweeping in the Radcliffeborough neighborhood. In the past, vehicle...Read on...
Posted on: June 13, 2017

Mayor’s Statement on Chief Gregory Mullen’s Retirement after a 35 Year Career in Law Enforcement

Today, June 13, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg released the following statement, in response to Police Chief Gregory Mullen's announcement that he will be retiring on August 1, 2017, after a 35 year career in law enforcement: Like all great police chi...Read on...
Posted on: June 6, 2017

City of Charleston Summer Camp to Include Reading Partners Curriculum

On June 5, the City of Charleston Recreation Department’s summer camp at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center (AWCCC) began with a new pilot program featuring a specialized Reading Partners curriculum. During the school year, Reading Part...Read on...
Posted on: June 5, 2017

Keith Benjamin Begins as City of Charleston Director of Traffic and Transportation

Randall “Keith” Benjamin, II started work today, June 5, as the new Director of the Department of Traffic and Transportation for the City of Charleston. Mayor John Tecklenburg nominated Benjamin for the position at the April 25th City ...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2017

Input Sought on Study of Increasing Tree Canopy Coverage to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

The City of Charleston will hold a community meeting on Thursday, June 15th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to gather public input on the progress of an ongoing study evaluating the city’s utilization of urban trees in stormwater management programs. The me...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2017

Charleston Fire Department Bedbug Update for June 5, 2017

At a press conference today, June 5, Charleston Fire Department officials announced that all four fire stations recently found to contain bedbugs have been successfully treated, and verified to be free of the insects on re-inspection by a specially traine...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2017

City of Charleston Statement About Laurel Island

Today, June 5, City of Charleston director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability Jacob Lindsey released the following statement about North American Properties’ decision to withdraw its plans to create a large-scale, mixed use development...Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2017

Submit a Complaint or Compliment about a Charleston Police Officer Online

It is now possible to register a complaint or compliment about a Charleston Police Department officer online through the Professional Standards Office.What is the Professional Standards Office? It is CPD’s goal to provide highest level of qua...Read on...
Posted on: June 1, 2017

Charleston Fire Department Bedbug Update

Thursday, June 1, the Charleston Fire Department issued the following update on recent bedbug outbreaks at city fire stations:

  • In response to a report of a possible bedbug bite, Station 19 was re-inspected by a trained K9 crew yesterday afternoon...
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Posted on: May 18, 2017

City of Charleston Commission on Women to Hold Public Listening Sessions

The City of Charleston Commission on Women will hold a series of public listening sessions to gather ideas and insights from the community to help shape the focus and goals of the commission. The upcoming listening sessions will take place at the followin...Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2017

City of Charleston Seeks Input on Height District Updates

An ordinance has been given first reading by Charleston City Council to update the height district zoning for the peninsula area. The proposed changes convert most of the existing height districts, measured in feet, to districts measured by the number of ...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2017

City of Charleston to Host Final Public Listening Session About Short-Term Rentals

The City of Charleston Department of Planning, Preservation, and Sustainability is hosting the final Public Listening Session for citizens to express their thoughts about short-term rentals in the City of Charleston on Thursday, May 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p....Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2017

Keep Charleston Beautiful Hosts 12th Annual Green and Lean 5K

Keep Charleston Beautiful (KCB) will host the 12th Annual Green and Lean 5K on Saturday, May 13th to benefit Friends of Keep Charleston Beautiful, whose mission is to promote the cleanliness and beautification of the City of Charleston through education, ...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2017

City Police, Parks Departments Inspect Denmark Vesey Statue; Caulking Repairs to Begin Tomorrow

Today, City of Charleston spokesman Jack O’Toole released the following statement with regard to reports of vandalism involving the statue of Denmark Vesey in Charleston’s Hampton Park: “In response to concerns about possibl...Read on...
Posted on: May 8, 2017

Plan West Ashley Community Events Scheduled May 8-13

Citizens are invited to stay connected with Plan West Ashley by attending community events at the Planning Studio May 8th through 12th and the Work-in-Progress & Feedback Session on May 13th. Planners from Dover Kohl, the planning consultant hired b...Read on...
Posted on: May 1, 2017

City of Charleston Celebrates National Small Business Week

This week, in support of U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, Mayor John J. Tecklenburg will hold a series of meetings with local small business owners and organizations to discuss their strengths, challenges and op...Read on...