Hazardous Materials Registry

A hazardous material is any item or agent — biological, chemical, radiological or physical — that has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals or the environment.

In 1990, a Beaufort County Hazardous Materials Ordinance was enacted to protect first-responders from injury or death that that may result from explosion, fire or exposure to unknown dangerous substances and to protect the natural environment through the monitoring and disposal of hazardous materials.

The ordinance requires any business in Beaufort County that has hazardous materials on site to register yearly with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Hazardous Materials Unit.

Hazardous Materials Registry Coordinator

LaShawn Jefferson
843-255-4000
[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to read more about the Beaufort County Hazardous Materials Ordinance, including the applicability of classes and divisions, what is considered an extremely hazardous material and registration categories.

According to Section 46-159 of the Beaufort County Hazardous Materials Ordinance, the fees are:

Category A

Category A includes any facility which uses, produces or stores any amount of extremely hazardous substance, as defined by section 304 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (SARA title III), and meets or exceeds the reportable quantities under the extremely hazardous substances list, or under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 list.

  • Initial registration: $300
  • Renewal registration: $200


Category B

Category B includes any facility that produces hazardous chemicals and/or stores hazardous chemicals for wholesale and/or any facility which uses hazardous chemicals, as defined in subsection (a) of this section, and meets or exceeds quantities listed in subsection (f) of this section.

  • Initial registration: $150
  • Renewal registration: $100


Category C

Category C includes any facility which handles or stores any hazardous chemical, as defined in subsection (a) of this section, and meets or exceeds quantities listed in [sub]section (f) of this section for retail sale to the general public.

  • Initial registration: $100
  • Renewal registration: $50