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.
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.
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
Land Development Plan
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.