Road Policies and Procedures

Road Acceptance Policies and Procedures

Beaufort County has two Policy Statements that apply to road acceptance into the County Road System. In order for a private road to be accepted into the County, it must meet the criteria outlined in Policy Statement 15 and Policy Statement 17. Please review both statements before applying for road acceptance.

Policy Statement 15: July 28, 2003 -Policy for Working on Private Roads (Revised September 10, 2012)

Policy Statement 17: October 28, 2003 -The Policy for the Acceptance of Private Roads

If a road satisfies the qualifying requirements listed in the policy statements, then any property owner with land abutting the private road may submit a written letter (Road Acceptance Letter) to the right-of-way manager requesting the private road’s acceptance into the County Road System. Below is the “Road Acceptance Application” that needs to be completed once the right-of-way manager has received the written request for the County to accept the private road.

“Road Acceptance Application”

When the “Road Acceptance Application” has been properly completed and signed by the owners of all property abutting the private road, the right-of-way manager will prepare an Agenda Item for the Public Facilities Committee, which includes a Public Works road cost analysis for repair and maintenance of the road and drainage system. The Public Facilities Committee will evaluate the application and supporting information, and vote on whether to accept the road into the system.  If the Committee votes to accept the road, it will recommend the same to County Council. County Council will then vote on whether to accept the road into the County Road System. 

If a road is accepted into the County Road System by County Council, the right-of-way manager will prepare and mail right-of-way deeds requesting a 50’ right-of-way to all property owners. All of the deeds must be properly executed and returned to the right-of-way manager before the road will be included in the County Road System. Failure of ALL the affected property owners to sign and return right-of-way deeds will prevent the County from accepting the road into the County Road System.

* If road improvements such as paving or graveling are desired, please include County Transportation Committiee petition for Improvements to County Maintained Roads below:


One-Time Private Road Maintenance Request Policy

The procedures for requesting a one-time private road repair are outlined  in the ordinance below:

Ordinance 2016/13-AN ORDINANCE CREATING PROCEDURE FOR ESTABLISHING DIRT ROAD MAINTENANCE AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SPECIAL PURPOSE TAX DLSTRICT TO COVER COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH IMPROVEMENTS

County Transportation Committee Policy for Improvements to County Maintained Roads

Please read and follow the directions in the petition below:

Beaufort County Transportation Committee Petition for Improvements to County Maintained Roads