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
TO SPEAK OR PROVIDE COMMENTS AT A BOARD MEETING
Please use ONE of the following methods to request to speak at the meeting or provide comments. Provide your name, address, telephone number, meeting date, and project number. The deadline to submit written comments is 12:00 p.m. the BUSINESS DAY BEFORE the meeting so that comments can be forwarded to the board members in advance of the meeting. Written comments will be acknowledged into the record and summarized at the meeting. Requests to speak at the meeting must received by 12:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.
Plans for DRB meeting agendas will be accepted digitally; paper submittals will not be accepted. Applications and plans in PDF format should be submitted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and will be distributed to DRB staff. Please include other applicable applications, photographs, and valuation of request. See also information about the Permit Center.