We are located in Town Hall at 701 Front Street, Beaufort (the old Post Office building on the waterfront). 

The goal for the Planning and Inspections Department is to protect the Town of Beaufort’s aesthetics, health, safety, and welfare by providing professional planning, building inspection, and code compliance services. The department is actively involved in the regulations and compliance for all types of construction and development projects within the community, the standards for which can be found in the Town’s Code of Ordinances, Design Guidelines for the Beaufort Historic District & Landmarks, Town of Beaufort Core Land Use Plan, Land Development Ordinance (updated 5.14.18) and the N.C. State Building Codes.

There is a fee for some of the Planning & Inspections services. The department's FY18-19 fee schedule is available here.

Boards & Commissions

Because good development and redevelopment is a vital part of our community, our office works with several citizen volunteer boards or commissions who provide insight and guidance in development processes, planning, and activities.

These boards include the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and the Beaufort Historic Preservation Commission.  You can find more information on these boards and commissions by visiting their web pages link.

Planning & Inspections Staff Directory

Message from the Town Planner

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Town of Beaufort’s Planning and Inspections webpage. If this is your first time or you have visited the site many times, our goal is to provide information that will help in navigating through the Town’s various developmental processes.

Let me take a minute to tell you a little about the development of our Town. Beaufort is the third oldest Town in North Carolina and was settled in the year 1709. Because of its location near the Atlantic Ocean, it has been recognized throughout centuries for its rich maritime history and natural beauty.

We have been an adaptive community that once supported maritime trade from Naval stores to menhaden products and bi-products. More recently the community has been transformed into a Town driven by its historic and eco-tourism industry, as thousands of vacationers each year make Beaufort a destination because of its charm, scenic beauty, history, and an occasional experience with pirates.

The balance between good growth and economic prosperity is a constant here by which all development, whether great or small, is measured with the natural environment in an effort to keep our community what it has been and what we hope it will be for future generations: a unique place rich in history, natural beauty, and an enjoyable area to live, work, and enjoy all life has to offer.

If you have development questions about our community or want to get involved please let us know.

Kyle Garner, AICP – Planning & Inspections Director


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