James Island

Some former Town of James Island residents are now eligible to join the City of Charleston and receive more services and better quality services and a competitive tax rate. To see if your property is eligible, email us.


Window to Annex

Over 18,000 James Islanders have already joined the City. The window of time in which James Islanders may annex may be very short, so we strive to quickly provide any information you need to help make your decision. Annexation is a voluntary option, unlike a town incorporation which does not require individual consent.

The City has a lot to offer its residents, and we'd like to offer our services and benefits to all James Islanders that want them. Changing to the City district doesn't mean changing your lifestyle. The process is simple and free, and only requires you to sign an application. We'll do the rest.

Top Reasons James Islanders Chose the City

City Limits

Over 18,000 James Islanders are already in the City limits, and many neighborhoods want to come under the same jurisdiction by annexing.


As the largest police force in SC, the City has reduced violent crime by over 50% in the past 3 years. The City’s 400 officer police force has dedicated Team 3 to James and Johns Island with over 40 patrol officers, as well as:

  • CSI
  • Special units responding 24/7 to City citizens’ needs
  • SWAT
  • Traffic
  • Underwater Recovery Unit
  • Victim Services


City residents receive discounts on sports, golf, pool passes, summer camp, and more! Almost all recreation facilities on JI are City-run, and only City residents receive discounted city rates. If you or your kids play in our rec leagues anywhere in the city then you pay more as a non-City resident. Families can save $25 on youth sports, $30-$90 on gymnastics, $25 to $112 on pool passes, $50 on tennis, $210 on golf, $15 on JI Recreation Court membership, and more.


The City has an extensive storm water maintenance program. Our Department of Public Service cleans, cuts, and mows over 20 miles of drainage ditches collectively around the island, and will add to that as properties are annexed. We maintain and repair city roads and are proud to have a successful 48 hour pothole repair guarantee.

Fiscally Sound & Transparent Budget

The City has a fiscally sound government with a transparent budget that can be viewed online by anyone. The City has the highest bond rating of any city in South Carolina.

Vote For Your Choices

You can only vote in City elections if you’re a citizen, which means you can choose the mayor and council members, and have a say in things like taxes, zoning, or new business laws. If you want a voice among the other 17,847 James Islanders in the City, become a City citizen.


The City’s taxes are very competitive with James Island PSD tax rates. It may be cheaper for you to be in the city, but it depends on how much your home is worth, what type of property it is, or whether you get certain property tax credits. We are happy to provide tax comparisons. Call 724-3774 or email us.

Other Services

It’s hard to name all the services and programs that the city has, please review a few of them from the following:

  • CharlestonWise home energy program Charleston’s new program offers up to $900 in instant rebates for home energy improvements, as well as a loan programs and other assistance for energy related projects.
  • Housing Repair and Roofing Assistance The City’s popular loan program gives low interest loans and deferred non-repayable loans for new roofs and lead base paint inspections for homeowners that meet requirements and the income /age limits.