Zoning is the act of designating property for inclusion into districts or "zones" that correspond to a set of guidelines for development and land use contained within the Zoning Ordinance. With few exceptions, zoning applies to proposed buildings, property improvements, and the general use thereof. For more information, contact department staff.
Determining Zoning Jurisdiction
All 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 Rowan County GIS .
Obtaining a Zoning Permit
In 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.
Rowan County Enforcement Officer, Lloyd Pace 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 Road
When 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 service is 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 pulled.
- Appeal (PDF)
- Conditional Use Permit (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)