What is the Historic District/Board of Architectural Review?

The Historic District/Board of Architectural Review Board is comprised of seven citizens knowledgeable of historic buildings and architecture. The Board reviews all new construction, major exterior modifications, and/or demolition of buildings within the Town of Summerville’s Downtown Historic District. Over 700 structures are included in the Historic District.

Please see the Town’s UDO, Section 13.3.6 and 13.8 to determine applicability.  Contact Town staff to discuss your particular project and schedule a pre-application conference with the Technical Review Committee (TRC), if required.

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1. What is zoning?
2. How do I find out if my property is located in unincorporated Dorchester, Charleston or Berkeley County or within the Town of Summerville? Why is that important?
3. How do I find the zoning and allowed uses of my property?
4. I am considering rezoning, or changing the use of my property. What do I need to do?
5. How can I find out the rules for developing or making use of my property?
6. Can I split (subdivide) my land?
7. What are the building setbacks on my property?
8. What if I need an address?
9. What if I want to remove a tree?
10. What is the Planning Commission?
11. What is the Design Review Board?
12. What is the Historic District/Board of Architectural Review?
13. What is the Board of Zoning Appeals?
14. How do I know if my project has to go before a Committee, Commission, Board or Town Council as part of the review process?