Historic Preservation Commission

The Tybee Island Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) works closely with the offices in the city’s Community Development Department and the Tybee Island Historical Society to ensure the Island’s historic fabric is maintained, appropriately improved and to increase awareness of incentives for measures taken for preservation.

Throughout the year the HPC partners with the Development Authority/Main Street Program in achieving goals for the year as it relates to preservation.  Donations to assist in helping ensure the impact we have in preserving/protecting the historic character of Tybee Island are appreciated.  The donation form can be found here.

The links on the left provide information about various preservation projects and the economic impact of HP.
In addition to that information, there are 3 national historic districts and multiple individual listings on Tybee Island:

More information about historic resources - including how to properly rehab your home, who can assist you with preservation sensitive projects, etc. - can be obtained from:

Tybee Island Historical Society
Tybee Light Station

30 Meddin Avenue, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Tybee Island’s Community Development Department
Tybee Island City Hall

912-472-5031 (Permitting Office) or 912-472-5071 (Dev’l. Auth./Main Street Office)
403 Butler Avenue, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Ordinance Establishing Charter

Article 14. Historic Preservation

Sec. 14-010. Purpose.
In support and furtherance of its findings and determination that the historical and cultural heritage of Tybee Island is among its most valued and important assets and that the preservation of this heritage is essential to the promotion of the health, prosperity, education, understanding and appreciation of historic properties, as well as the general welfare of the people;
In order to stimulate revitalization of the business districts and historic neighborhoods and to protect and enhance local historical attractions to tourists and thereby promote and stimulate business through a democratic process;
In order to enhance the opportunities for federal and state tax benefits under relevant provisions of federal and state law; and
In order to provide for the designation, protection, preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties and historic districts and to participate in federal and state programs to do the same;
The purpose and intent of this article to establish a uniform procedure for use in providing for the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of places, districts, sites, buildings, structures, objects and landscape features having special historical, cultural interest or value, in accordance with the provisions of this article.

Read Article 14 in its entirety.


Holly Grell-Lawe


Mary Anne Butler


Mike Goldberg


Cara Cole


Spec Hosti

City Council Member

Marna Lewin


Cassidi Kendrick

Staff Liaison

Sarah Jones


Historic Districts of Tybee Island

Click each item that follows to jump over to its respective page:

Mapping of National Parks Services National Register of Historic Places

Fort Screven Historic DistrictPDF (listed in 1982)

Strand Cottages Historic DistrictPDF (listed in 1999)

Back River Historic DistrictPDF (listed in 1999)

Economic Impact of Historic Preservation

In partnership with the Historic Savannah Foundation, the City of Tybee Island and the Tybee Island Historical Society helped underwrite a study specific to the economic impacts of historic preservation. 

Place Economics methodically researched and prepared the report that shows the tremendous benefits of preserving our coastal community. 

During May 2015, the findings in Beyond Tourism (PDF) were presented and made available.