Board of Architectural Review


The Board of Architectural Review reviews and approves plans for new construction that are situated in one of the City’s architectural districts. The Board is comprised of seven volunteer members appointed by City Council. This seven member board is established with the following powers:

  • Review new construction within established Architectural Overlay Districts
  • Review new construction, exterior renovations, and new signs within the General Commercial District
  • Review new construction within other areas as designated by ordinance

Meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month provided there are agenda requests.  Requests to appear in front of this board are made through submission of one of the following forms with the deadline for the submission:

Details regarding protocol for meetings, submissions, documents, etc. are available by calling the Zoning and Codes Administrator at 653-2050.
Board members are city residents appointed by City Council for a four year term. Specific criterion for certain board members is required. Current Board Members are:

  • L Curtis Arnold

  • Wright Henry

  • Dr Naresh Jain

  • Christopher Kiss

  • Gina McLellan

  • Tal Slann

  • Vacant

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANT(S) AND GENERAL PUBLIC:  Please refrain from contacting any member of the Board of Architectural Review regarding matters related to an application.  Any communication outside the public meeting, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, phone calls, written correspondence, e-mails, instant messaging, and the next level of technology that presents itself with any member of the Board of Architectural Review is considered an "ex parte communication".

An "ex parte communication" occurs when an interested party in the matter to be decided (or representative) and a quasi-judicial decision-maker discuss, outside the formal hearing process, the substance of the matter to be decided.  If this were to occur the decision-maker is disqualified (must be recused) from voting on the matter.  Outside communications also create an appearance of impropriety and serves to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the process.

Any resident of Clemson or anyone who owns property or a business in Clemson who wishes to share information with the BAR may either 1) submit information in writing to the Zoning and Codes administrator no later than one week prior to a scheduled meeting and/or 2) at the first review of a new project or significant remodeling there will be a public input session where citizens will be allowed to speak per BAR by-laws.

Board of Architectural Review By-Laws