Determining Zoning JurisdictionAll property within Rowan County is located within a zoning district administered by either Rowan County or one of the county's 10 municipalities' jurisdiction. To verify jurisdiction visit the .
Soil Evaluation (Perc Test)
To have a soil evaluation (formerly perc test) or an existing septic evaluation, you must first obtain a Preliminary Zoning Review. You will need your parcel Identification number, the proposed use of the property and a site plan. You may use our template for basic site plan to sketch the proposed location of the structure and driveway.
After obtaining your Preliminary Zoning Review, you can complete the Environmental Health Soil Evaluation Application to evaluate for a new or existing septic site.
Obtaining a Zoning PermitIn most instances, zoning permits for residential uses are issued free of charge to walk-in customers shortly after arrival. However some requests may require a prior action such as a property survey to establish a new lot or locate a proposed structure before the issuance of permits. Department staff will assist customers in determining available options to accommodate a request but instances do occur where permits cannot be issued. Customers who are unfamiliar with the permitting process or uncertain if a request would comply with applicable ordinances should contact staff for assistance. Permit requests that involve a non-residential use should be discussed with staff to ensure appropriate steps are taken in advance of the request.
Zoning EnforcementRowan County Enforcement Officer, Ryan Mickey is responsible for all zoning complaints and codes enforcement. All zoning issues are complaint driven, so without a complaint filed, your concerns may not be known to the Planning and Development Department.
To file a complaint, please contact 704-216-8588 or complete a Complaint Form (PDF) or Minimum Housing Standards Petition (PDF) and submit to the Planning and Development Department.
Naming a New RoadWhen a driveway has three or more addressed structures accessing off of it, the Addressing Ordinance requires that the driveway be named. To start this process fill out a Road Naming Petition (PDF) and turn it into the Planning and Development Department. The petition will then be turned into the Board of Commissioners for a decision. For more information, please contact the Planning and Development Department.
Getting a New Address
Rowan County adopted an Addressing Ordinance (PDF) to ensure that efficient police, fire and emergency services are provided to the citizens of Rowan County. This ordinance requires all new homes to be assigned numbers by the Planning and Development Department staff in according with accepted procedures. Planning staff will issue an address at the time a zoning permit is applied for.
To ensure your address is as accurate as possible please prepare a site plan with the location of your home and driveway access. You may use our template for basic site plan for assistance.
- Appeal (PDF)
- Family Manufactured Home Park Application (PDF)
- Permit to Exceed Noise Ordinance (PDF)
- Rezoning (PDF)
- Special Nonresidential Intensity Allocation - SNIA (PDF)
- Special Use Permit (PDF)
- Temporary Use Permit (PDF)
- Variance (PDF)
- Zoning Text Amendment (PDF)
- Zoning Verification Application (PDF)