How to Win a Carolopolis

  1. Get to know your property: Gaining an understanding of your property’s history will allow for a better grasp of what elements of the building are character-defining features that should be prioritized over the course of your project. The Preservation Society staff is here to serve as a resource - we would be glad to provide you with any information we have on file regarding your property, or to point you in the direction of additional informational sources.

  2. Understand local regulations and standards: When beginning any work on an historic property, it is imperative to familiarize yourself with local building and zoning regulations. Visit the city’s website for information about obtaining BAR approval, plan review, building inspection, and zoning ordinances: http://charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=858

  3. Adhere to best preservation practices: The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are a comprehensive list of what is considered best preservation practice. Follow the link below for detailed information regarding the approaches to the treatments of historic properties. Bear in mind, it is always best to repair rather than replace! https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm

  4. Determine whether you may be eligible for preservation incentives: Click the following link to South Carolina’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to speak with qualified staff about the various historic tax credit programs available to property owners. http://shpo.sc.gov/programs/tax/Pages/default.aspx