Stormwater Management

Welcome to Beaufort County Stormwater

Final Public Notice

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD has received the following application for Federal grant funding. Notice is hereby given of FEMA’s consideration to provide funding in the form of a Hazard Mitigation Grant to the Shell Point Drainage Improvements Project.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. - Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 requires FEMA to consider alternatives - and provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Vision Statement

Efficient Utility Addressing the Stormwater Needs of the County, while Protecting its Water Resources.

Mission Statement

Dedicated to the management, construction, maintenance, protections, control, regulation, use, and enhancement of stormwater systems and programs in Beaufort County in concert with other water resource management programs.

Information (843)255-2802
Office (843)255-2805
Business Bills (843)255-2804
Easements (843)255-2694
Maintenance (843)255-2802

Business Hours

Stormwater Management

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  (Mon. - Fri.) 

Stormwater Maintenance / Infrastructure

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Mon. - Fri.)

Utility Activities

The Utility was established by County Ordinance and its activities are guided by a Comprehensive Master Plan completed in 2006 and by a Stormwater Management Utility Board.

Extent of Service (EOS) and Level of Service (LOS) for maintenance activities are guided by the following documents:

Extent of Service (EOS)
Level of Service (LOS)
The Master Plan identifies nine program elements that are to be addressed by the utility.  They are:

Stormwater Control Regulations
Primary Stormwater Management System Enhancements
Water Quality Controls for Existing Developments
Water Quality Monitoring
Annual Maintenance
Inventory of Secondary Stormwater Management System
Additional/ On-going Study and Analysis
Public Information
Utility Administration

Requirements concerning Stormwater Systems are found in the Counties Zoning and Development Standards Ordinance and the design criteria found in our Best Management Practices Manual.

The Utility partners with four Municipalities in the County through inter local agreements linked below.  Drainage efforts within these municipalities are supported through fees collected by the County. The fees that are collected within a municipality's jurisdiction are then distributed back to the municipality.  If you have a drainage concern in the Town of Hilton Head Island, the Town of Bluffton, the Town of Port Royal, or the City of Beaufort please contact the towns/city.  They will coordinate with the Utility if we can be of support.

Municipality Contacts
Municipality Contact Email

City of Beaufort

Nate Farrow

Town of Bluffton

Kim Jones
(843) 706-4593
Town of Hilton Head Island

Jeff Buckalew
(843) 341-4772
Town of Port Royal

Van Willis
(843) 986-2205