Planning & Zoning
The work objectives of the Planning Department are directly related to all levels of planning; in particular, the day to day rudiments such as zoning, subdivision and grant administration, and long range planning such as comprehensive development plans and thoroughfare plans.
Community Development Programs
2015 Urgent Repair Program
The City of Asheboro has been awarded $50,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2015 cycle of the Urgent Repair Program. This program provides funds to assist very-low and low-income households with special needs in addressing housing conditions which pose imminent threats to their life and/or safety or to provide accessibility modification and other repairs necessary to prevent displacement of very-low and low-income homeowners with special needs such as frail elderly and persons with disabilities. A minimum of 7 households are projected to be assisted under the program and according to the program Assistance, Procurement and Disbursement policies, available in the Urgent Repair Program 2015 Application Packet. The deadline to apply has passed.
The funds provided for the 2015 Urgent Repair Program come from the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund.
To be eligible for assistance, applicants must:
1. Must reside within the Asheboro city limits and own and occupy the home in need of repair.
2. Must have a household income which does not exceed 50% of the area median income for the household size.
3. Must have a special need (i.e. be elderly, handicapped, or disabled, a single parent with a dependant living at home, a large family with 5 household members or a household with a child below six with an elevated blood lead level.
4. Must have urgent repair needs, which cannot be met through other state of federally funded housing assistance programs.
The deadline to apply has passed.
The Planning department manages daily and long range planning activities for the City of Asheboro's planning jurisdiction. Department staff process residential and commercial permits, pursue grant funding, review proposed subdivisions and commercial developments, administer the City's Zoning and Watershed Ordinances, prepare reports for public hearing, and assist the public with general development questions. Staff also works to develop plans, such as the Land Development Plan and Thoroughfare Plan, to help guide future growth. The department provides support to the City Council, Planning Board, and Board of Adjustment and works closely with other city departments.
In January of 2015, The Planning and Zoning Department began the process of updating the map portion of the Land Development Plan. The department collected input through public workshops, neighborhood meetings and gathered comments from appointed boards and the City Council. Below, please find the update process schedule. The update was approved by the City Council on October 8, 2015.
The Asheboro Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance regulate development within the city's planning jurisdiction. These documents outline requirements relating to everything from minimum lot sizes to permitted building materials in industrial districts and are available online by clicking on the specific link towards the top of this paragraph. The purpose of these ordinances is to ensure orderly, compatible, and quality development. Before beginning any project, call the Planning Department to verify all online information is current. Staff is available to answer any questions regarding City Ordinances
|Conditional Use Permit||$350|
|Special Use Permit||$350|
|Board of Adjustment|
|Major Final||$200 + $25 per lot|
|Zoning Permits & Inspections|
|Single Family Accessory||$25|
|Change of Use||$250|
|Change of Occupancy||$25|
|Sign||$25 per sign type|
|Limited Duration Event||$50|
|Official Zoning Verification Letters|
Forms & Documents
Application for Zoning Ordinance Amendment
Application for Zoning Compliance Permit
Bicentennial Park Inscribed Bricks Order Form
Board of Adjustment Appeal Application
Board of Adjustment Variance Application
Center City/Downtown Community Revitalization Plan
Change of Use/Occupancy Application
Conditional Use Permit Application
Asheboro 2020 Land Development Plan - Full Version (adopted 2015)
Major Subdivision: Sketch Design Checklist
Nonresidential Building Maintenance Code
Sign Permit Application
Special Use Permit Application
Zoning Verification Form
NC DOT Subdivision Roads Minimum Construction Standards (leaving City site)
Development-Related Maps - Current as of May 2014, contact Planning & Zoning for most recent data
Frequently Asked Questions
What is my property zoned?
You can obtain the zoning of your property by contacting the Planning Department at (336) 626-1201 ext. 212 and providing the property address or Randolph County Property Identification Number (PIN#).Can I subdivide my property?
Subdividing property involves dividing an existing parcel into two or more parcels. Often, people relate 'subdivisions' to major residential developments with many lots but a subdivision sometimes only creates 2 or 3 lots. The City of Asheboro's Subdivision Ordinance outlines subdivision requirements. Newly created lots must possess minimum square footage and public street frontage, depending on the property's zoning. Call (336) 626-1201 ext. 225 if you are interested in subdividing property.
What permits do I need to start a business?
Before the City will issue a privilege license, you will need to obtain a Zoning Permit from the Planning Department. The Zoning Administrator will verify that the existing zoning is appropriate for the businesses you intend to open and that adequate parking is provided on site to accommodate customers. The site will also be reviewed for compliance with Asheboro's landscaping, access, lighting, and other development requirements. Contact the Zoning Administrator at (336) 626-1201 ext. 292 to discuss the steps involved in obtaining a Zoning Permit.
Can I operate a business from my home?
The city does permit some types of businesses to operate from a residence. Such businesses are known as 'Home Occupations.' These businesses typically do not generate substantial traffic, increase the demand on public services, or change the residential character of the home or neighborhood. Some examples of permitted Home Occupations include craft making, music lessons, and computer programming. Call (336) 626-1201 ext. 292 to determine if your proposed home business is permitted in Asheboro.
How do I change the zoning of my property?
The process for changing the zoning of property involves two public meetings with review by the City Planning Board and the City Council. The process usually takes approximately sixty days from the date that you make an application. Many factors affect the likelihood that your request will be approved or denied, including the zoning of surrounding properties, the recommendations of the City's Land Development Plan, staff analysis, and community support. Since the rezoning process is often complex, it is recommended that you speak with staff prior to making an application or paying the hearing fee. Call (336) 626-1201 ext. 225 to learn more about rezoning property.
What if I can't meet the requirements of the ordinance?
Sometimes, unique circumstances prevent someone from meeting all of the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. These circumstances must relate to something beyond financial hardships. The City Board of Adjustment reviews requests to waive specific requirements due to unusual conditions. A variance request or appeal requires a public hearing and sworn testimony. The Board typically meets the first Monday of every month and an application must be filed at least thirty days prior to the hearing. Call (336) 626-1201 ext. 292 if you think that you have a situation that warrants a variance.