Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, & The Surrounding SC Lowcountry

Relocation Resources

We have prepared a courtesy list of many resources below to help you in your relocation to Hilton Head Island and the surrounding South Carolina Lowcountry.  As with most lists, there are probably some questions you may have that are not answered below.  We invite you to contact us with any questions you have.  It’s just another way “We Put You in a Perfect Place.”

Beach Passes

If you are a resident or property owner within the Town Limits of Hilton Head Island (excludes Jenkin’s Island Residents such as those in Windmill Harbour) you can purchase a 2-year beach parking pass that can be used at Islander’s and Dreissen Beach Parks. Click here for details.

  • Location: 12A Gateway Circle Hilton Head Island SC 29926
  • Phone: 843-342-4580

Chamber of Commerce

  • Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce
    • Location: 1 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938
    • Phone: 843-785-3673
  • Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
    • Location: 217 Goethe Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
    • Phone: 843-757-1010

Emergency Numbers

  • For all emergencies, dial 911
  • Palmetto Poison Center:  800-222-1222
  • Police and FBI
    • Sheriff’s Department:  843-785-3618
    • Bluffton Police Department:  843-706-4550
    • SC Highway Patrol:  843-524-0163
    • FBI- Beaufort:  843-525-0858
  • Fire and Rescue
    • Town of Hilton Head Island:  843-682-5100
    • Town of Bluffton:  843-757-2800


  • Town of Hilton Head Island
    • Location: One Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, 29928
    • Phone: 843-341-4600
  • Beaufort County Annex
    • Location: Three Town Center Court,  Hilton Head Island, 29928
    • Phone: 843-842-4221
  • Beaufort County Council
    • Location: PO Drawer 1228, Beaufort, 29901
    • Phone: 843-785-6100
  • Bluffton Town Hall
    • Location: 20 Bridge Street, Bluffton, SC 29910
    • Phone: 843-706-4500
  • Other County, State and Federal Offices and Departments
    • Hilton Head Magistrates Office: 843-842-4260
    • Bluffton Magistrates Office: 843-255-5610
    • Beaufort Magistrates Office: 843-255-5700
    • Auto and Real Estate Taxes: 843-842-4202 or 843-842-4206
    • Hilton Head Island Business Licenses: 843-341-4610
    • Bluffton Business Licenses: 843-706-4501
    • Marriage Licenses: (Beaufort) 843-255-5850 or (Hilton Head) 843-255-5866
    • Social Security Office: 843-842-4221 or 843-524-5795
    • Department of Social Services: 843-842-4246
    • Veterans Administration: 843-842-4208
    • Neighborhood Legal Assistance: 843-838-5001

Hospitals and Emergency Rooms

  • Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and ER
    • Location: 25 Hospital Center Blvd., Hilton Head Island, SC  29926
    • Phone: 843-681-6122
  • Coastal Carolina Hospital and ER
    • Location: 1000 Medical Center Drive, Hardeeville, SC 29927
    • Phone: 843-784-8000
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital
    • Location: 955 Ribaut Rd, Beaufort, SC 29902
    • Phone: 843-522-5200


  • Bluffton Community Library
    • Location: 120 Palmetto Way Bluffton, 29910
    • Phone: 843-757-1519
  • Hilton Head Island Library
    • Location: 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, 29926
    • Phone: 843-342-9200


After you close on your new property, one of the first things you will probably want to do is have the locks changed / re-key the locks to make it your very own. There are several locksmiths we / our clients

have used in the past who have provided great service. Their information is provided as follows:

  • Areawide Decorative Hardware & Locksmiths: (843) 686-4007 Hilton Head Island or (843) 815-2732 Bluffton
  • Gold Key Locksmith: (843) 351-1811 – Also works on Automobile lockouts
  • Key Solutions, Inc: (843) 757-5397 – Only Locksmith who can do Mortised Locks


  • Bluffton Today
    1316 Fording Island Road
    Bluffton 29910
  • The Island Packet
    10 Buck Island Road
    Hilton Head Island 29938

Post Offices

  • Hilton Head Island, South End
    • 10 Bow Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928H
    • Hours: M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm   9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Hilton Head Island, Harbour Town Office in Sea Pines
    • Location: 71 Lighthouse Road, Suite #1, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
    • Hours: M-F 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hilton Head Island Fairfield Office, North End
    • Location: 213 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
    • Hours: M-F 8:30 am – 5:00 pm   9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Bluffton Office
    • Location: 25 Thurmond Way, Bluffton, SC 29910
    • Hours: M-F 8:30 am – 5:00 pm   8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Schools, Technical Colleges and Universities



  • Water and Sewer
    • Hilton Head Public Service District: 843-681-5525
    • South Island Public Service District: 843-785-6224
    • Broad Creek Public Service District: 843-785-7582
    • Beaufort – Jasper Water & Sewer Authority: 843-987-9200
  • Garbage and Recycling: How do I dispose of my household garbage? How do I recycle in Beaufort County? Where do I get a recycling bin? What Convenience Centers are closest to me? What number should I call if my garbage is not picked up?  All of the above are frequently asked questions by new Beaufort County residents. The answers to these questions will depend first on where you are located within the county. It sounds strange but not all areas of the county have the same services. Find where you live below to determine how your area of the county handles solid waste and recycling.
    • Hilton Head Collections: The Town of Hilton Head does not offer curbside solid waste and recycling collection to residents.  Residents must contract with a private contractor.
    • Bluffton Collections: The Town of Bluffton offers curbside solid waste and recycling collection to residents via a contract with a private contractor. For a roll cart or recycling bin please call the Town of Bluffton at 843-706-4500 or visit https://www.townofbluffton.sc.gov/217/Trash-Recycling-Services
    • Sun City: Waste Management is the only hauler permitted to pick up residential trash in Sun City Hilton Head. Residents must contact them directly to arrange for service, including prices and days of pickup at (843) 987-0701. There are also county landfills available to residents. Please note that Beaufort County residents cannot use a Jasper County landfill and vice versa. If caught using another county’s landfill, residents could face a fine. Click here to see Beaufort County waste convenience center locations. Click here to see Jasper County solid waste convenience center locations.
    • Unincorporated Bluffton Township: Does not have a curbside solid waste and recycling collection program in place. If you are an Unincorporated Bluffton Township resident and wish to have curbside collection contact one of the private waste haulers from the phone book. You may also use the Bluffton and Pritchardville Convenience Centers to drop off your trash and recycling (listed below)
    • Convenience Centers / Drop-off: Below are the locations in Beaufort County where you can drop of your trash and recyclables
      • Hilton Head Convenience Center – 26 Summit Drive
      • Bluffton Convenience Center – 104 Simmonsville Road
      • Pritchardville Convenience Center – 270 Gibbet Road
    • Pest Control: Unlike many other parts of the country, it is important to treat your property for pests.  There is a number of local pest management professionals that can help you find the best pest control treatment program for your property, usually offered monthly, quarterly and annually.  Areas of treatment include termites, fire ants and common household pests.  By working with a trained professional, you can enjoy pest-free living and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are protecting your home, and your family.

Power and Electricity

  • Palmetto Electric Co-Operative:
    • Hilton Head Office 843-681-5551
    • New River Office 843-208-5551
    • Ridgeland Office 843-726-5551
  • Dominium Energy: 1-800-251-7234 (formerly SCG&E) (Natural Gas Provider – Not HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Phone, Cable and Internet:

          • Hargray Communications: 843- 686-5000
          • Spectrum: 1-877-617-0277

Vehicles: Registration, Taxes

      • All new residents of South Carolina have up to 90 days to renew their driver’s licenses and up to 45 days to renew their vehicle registrations. Prior to going to the SCDMV you must pay your ad-valorem taxes on your vehicle(s) before they will let you obtain a SC license plate. You must take your vehicle’s current registration or title to pay your taxes at the Beaufort County Treasurers Office. Once the taxes are paid, you can proceed with your tax documents to the SCDMV.  Full Details Here
      • Ad-valorem taxes paid at the Beaufort Auditor’s Office
        • Hilton Head Location: 539 William Hilton Parkway, HHI, SC 29926
        • Hilton Head Phones: 843-255-2509 or 843-255-2510
        • Bluffton Location: 4819 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton, SC 29910
        • Bluffton Phones: 843-255-2506 or 843-255-2507
      • South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
        • Location: 15 Sheridan Park, Bluffton, SC 29910
        • Phone: 843-815-6981

Voter Registration

            • Beaufort County Registrar’s Office
            • Mailing Address: PO Box 1228 Beaufort, 29901
            • Phone: 843-525-7100 – Beaufort
            • Phone: 843-341-4625 – Hilton Head