Design Review Committee

About the Committee


Review any changes which may affect the visual quality of City property, including interior and exteriors of buildings, streets and sidewalks, parking lots, parks, playgrounds and open spaces. Of particular concern are the original materials which make up our historic City. All work involving the removal, installation or repair to our historic building materials, such as brick, mortar, plaster, etc., or our street materials such as bluestone, Belgian Block and cobblestones, should be reviewed by DRC.

Former Mayor Joseph P. Riley created the committee in 1981. The committee makes recommendations to the Mayor, who ultimately decides whether to approve or deny requests. The Parks Department is passionate about maintaining the highest possible standards, being stewards for the preservation of Charleston, its environment, and its future. Original materials which make up our historic city are treasures of this community, and every precaution is made to insure that when working with them, the latest techniques, and procedures, and details are utilized.

Items that go before the Committee

  • Any City-funded project which involves the alteration of the interior and exterior of buildings, City streets, sidewalks, parking lots, parks playgrounds, open spaces or any other city-owned or operated property.
  • Projects or developments, including any housing projects, that the City either finances, sponsors, or provides funds.

Other Information

The Design Review Committee meets the third Thursday of every month from 11am to 12pm. The meeting is currently being held virtually.  View the Design Review Committee Process and Procedures document and Application form (PDF)