Beaufort County Operations

Beaufort County will resume regular services and reopen most of its buildings to the public by Monday, June 15.

In the interest of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting County employees and the public, administration has announced several temporary changes to operations that are in line with the public health guidelines put forth by DHEC and the CDC.

Buildings are being disinfected, and cough-guards are getting installed at service counters.

Floor markers and signs reminding guests to maintain 6-feet of social-distancing are being placed throughout County buildings.

Employees are being provided with cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and face coverings, which they are required to wear in the workplace.

Although County offices will reopen June 15, the public is still strongly encouraged to do business online, through email or over the phone when possible.

Anyone needing in-person assistance should make an appointment ahead of time.

Beaufort County Council and committee meetings will continue to be held virtually.

All visitors to County buildings will be required to wear a face covering while there.

Plans to resume regular services vary by department and some buildings will have limited access to the public starting June 1.

To read more about Beaufort County’s Reopening Plan, click   here.

For information about specific departments, please visit the department's website:

Elected Officials

County officials remind residents there are convenient ways to conduct business with the County during this public health crisis. Many services by the Assessor, Auditor, Business License, Planning and Zoning, Treasurer, and other County offices are accessible online, by phone, fax, or through the mail. 

Also, there are bins outside of the County Administration Building (Robert Smalls Complex, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort) for citizens to drop off and pick up paperwork such as business license applications, permit applications, and plans for review.  The County will invoice for any associated fees for submission that normally require immediate payment. Please do not deposit cash or checks in these bins, which will be monitored and emptied daily so that all paperwork can be processed accordingly.
All Convenience Centers remain open according to their regular operating schedules for now. Emergency and public safety services remain available as usual. 


In-person absentee votingIn-person absentee voting for t he June 9 statewide primaries and June 23 runoff elections is available at the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County’s main office, 15 John Galt Road, Beaufort, and at the Bluffton Satellite office, 61B Ulmer Road, Bluffton.

County Business License Renewals - Tax returns and payments due April 1-June 1 will now be due June 1, 2020. Penalty and interest will not be charged if payment is made by June 1. This includes South Carolina Individual Income Taxes, Corporate Income Taxes, Sales and Use Tax, Admissions Tax, and other taxes filed and paid with the SCDOR. The Business License Department is automatically applying this tax relief for all applicable returns and payments.  For more information about the department, visit

Operations at the Hilton Head Island Airport and Lady’s Island Airport remain available. Travelers should contact their airline carrier for questions about flight schedules. Information on the operating status of the nation’s major airports can be found at Inquiries regarding flight information at Hilton Head Island Airport should be sent directly to airlines.

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