Historical Landmarks Commission
The Historical Landmarks Commission meets quarterly at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom of City Hall, 400 Pearl St., on the first Monday of the second month of the quarter (February, May, August, and November). Called meetings are held as needed. For information, call 398-4000 x 103.
Kay Pierson, Chair - Term Expires June 30, 2017
Adam Houle, Vice Chair - Term Expires June 30, 2018
Carolyn Abbott, Secretary - Term Expires June 30, 2017
Rosanne Brasington - Term Expires June 30, 2017
Joseph Wensink - Term Expires June 30, 2018
Keith Taylor - Term Expires June 30, 2018
Christian Barnes-Young - Term Expires June 30, 2018
October 3, 2016
August 1, 2016
June 13, 2016
March 7, 2016
February 1, 2016 - Rescheduled for March 7
June 22, 2015
May 4, 2015
March 16, 2015
March 9, 2015
February 2, 2015
November 3, 2014
September 15, 2014
August 4, 2014
May 5, 2014
March 24, 2014
February 3, 2014
October 29, 2013
October 17, 2013
Considering improvements to your historic home?If you are in one of the City's historic districts OR your home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you will need approval from the Historic Landmarks Commission prior to making any changes. Submit an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, and staff will schedule a meeting for the commission to review your request. Download the form here (PDF). The fee for this application is $65, payable to City of Darlington, at the time of application. This covers the cost of notification and advertisement of the meeting as required by state law.
If you are not making any changes to your historic property but simply need to make repairs or paint, submit an Application for a Certificate of No Effect prior to beginning work. Download the form here (PDF). There is no fee for this application.
For both applications, supporting data (sketches, drawings, photo or snapshot, architect’s plans, site plan, etc.) must be submitted.
State Historic Income Tax Credit Law Amended
On June 9, 2015, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law changes to the South Carolina state income tax credits for historic preservation projects. These changes include an option for taxpayers with income-producing projects to elect a 25% state income tax credit (capped at $1 million credit), and using the credits in three years instead of five years. The SC Department of Revenue is working on policy papers that will provide transition rules. We have posted a link to the revised law on our website http://shpo.sc.gov/programs/tax/Pages/default.aspx. More information will follow as it becomes available.
New Publication on Historic Tax Credits
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently published “Historic Tax Credits: Bringing New Life to Older Communities.” This updated edition describes how national banks and federal savings associations can use historic tax credits to facilitate the rehabilitation of historic buildings, and discusses how investments in these tax credit transactions may be considered under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). This report also highlights the new IRS safe harbor guidance and details the public welfare investment authority for these type transactions. The report is available electronically at http://www.occ.gov/topics/community-affairs/publications/insights/insights-historic-tax-credits-may-2015.pdf.