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If you notice any signs of rabies in an animal, stay away from it and call Animal Control at 704-216-7768.
Rowan County as well as all of North Carolina has free, permanent and continuous voter registration. Once registered, you may change your voter registration information as often as necessary by completing the voter registration application/change form and returning it to the county Board of Elections office. Download the NC Voter Registration Application
When the voter presents him/herself to vote, the voter must state his or her name, residence address and complete the application to vote absentee, then the voter will receive his/her ballot.
You may also vote absentee by mail, view details on how to vote by mail by visiting the
Absentee Voting by Mail
The Provisional Ballot includes updated registration information on the voter, allows voter to cast ballot, Intends to preserve the integrity of the election. It gives the county board of elections time to verify registration to see if there is substantial evidence within the office or through contact with the registering agency that the voter did indeed make application to register. The qualified registered votes will have their ballots counted on Canvas day.
Any of Rowan County's public libraries during regular hours. Public locations designated by special registration drives. Department of Motor Vehicles and other various state or local government agencies including: Social Services, agencies dealing with people with disabilities, Employment Security Commission and Armed Forces Recruitment offices.
In addition, you may change your address by filling out the back of your voter registration card and returning it to the Board of Elections. Card must be postmarked 25 days before election or received in the board of elections office by 5 p.m., 25 days before election.
A voter registration card will be mailed to you once your registration application has been processed or a change is made to your registration. Keep the card as it may be used to change your address by mail should you move within Rowan County, change your name or change your party affiliation. It can also be used to cancel your Rowan County registration should you move out of the County. If you do move out of the county, a new registration application will have to be completed and turned in to the county Board of Elections in which you moved to.
A registration form must be postmarked 25 days before an election or delivered to the Board of Elections no later than 25 days before an election in order to be valid for that election. A registration may be placed in inactive status if a voter card is returned by the Postal Service as undeliverable.
Rowan County is accepting Televisions free of charge. Televisions will only be accepted at this location. Please bring all televisions to our Rowan County Processing Center located at:
1102 N Long Street ExtensionEast Spencer, NC 28039Monday - Friday7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
View hours and location/contact information for Rowan County Landfill and Recycling Convenience Centers.
View a list of acceptable materials and discover waste disposal recycling rates.
Paint is accepted during our Annual Special Waste Day in October, or you can call our office for instructions on how to properly dispose of paint.
The Health Department's Environmental Health Division handles all water and well testing.
The Health Department's Environmental Health Division handles the septic permitting process. Learn more about the On-Site Waste Water Program.
Contact the Environmental Management offices.
Mercury containing thermometers are accepted during our Annual Special Waste Day in October, or you can contact our office for more information on how to safely dispose of these items.
Please contact our office for more information on how to safely dispose of non-friable asbestos.
If you observe someone littering, you can report this activity through the NCDOT's Swat-A-Litterbug Program. You may also contact the Environmental Management offices.
Dogs are allowed on hand held leashes. Dogs are not allowed on attractions.
All fisherman must have a current N.C. fishing license to fish at Dan Nicholas Park
- Blind/visually-impaired- Developmental/intellectual- Hearing-impaired- Mental health- Physical
The programs have an emphasis participation, socialization, community awareness, inclusion and development of recreation/leisure skills that carry over to the home and community.
Programs include:- Ramblers- Club Rec- TRips
And a number of monthly and seasonal programs. Learn more about Ongoing Programs
Have all road names needed to complete the sign and contact the Planning and Development Department at 704-216-8588 or fill out the damaged or missing street sign form here. Please note that the County will only put up road signs outside of city limits.
Prior to submitting a rezoning request, applicants are encouraged to meet with a member of the Planning Department to discuss the requested change. The following information must be presented for consideration 1.Submit completed application (with affidavit of owner if non-owner petition) 2.Submit two (2) copies of a map, to scale, which clearly illustrates the subject property. If a portion of the land is proposed for rezoning, a meets and bounds description is necessary to describe the requested boundary 3.Submit $300 fee payable to Rowan County.
To file a complaint regarding an ordinance violation, Please contact 704-216-8588 or complete a complaint form or minimum housing standards petition and submit it to the Planning and Development Department.
Rowan County adopted an Addressing Ordinance 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.
Verify that the proposed use is allowed , business location and operations, with the Planning & Development Department (704-216-8588). Planning staff will determine the type of permit that will need to be applied for (Zoning Verification Letter or Zoning Permit).
1. Contact Planning staff to determine the type of subdivision your request may qualify for (Minor, Family, Major, or Exception). 2. Contact a private surveyor to create a subdivision and submit it to Planning staff for approval.
1. Contact Planning staff (704-216-8588) to determine if the structure is permissible on the property in question. 2. If the structure is permissible, go to the Rowan County Planning and Development department and apply for a zoning permit. 3. Take the zoning permit to the Rowan County Building Inspections department and apply for any other required permits. For more information click the following link.
Developing on a parcel with floodplain will require a development permit to go alongside the zoning permit. Staff will need a site plan with the proposed location of the new building(s). Some sites may require a surveyor to mark the proposed location(s) on the site plan. Once the footers of the new building(s) have been laid, staff will need to verify that the structure(s) are located outside of the floodplain. This is done with an as built survey, but in some circumstances may be done with a site visit by Planning staff. If Planning staff provides a site visit a fifty dollar ($50 Cash or Check) fee will be charged with the issuing of the development permit.
Download and complete the Assumed Business Name Certificate or obtain a printed copy at no charge from the Register of Deeds office. Complete the form, sign it before a Notary Public, and return it to the Register of Deeds office for recording either in person or by mail.
The fee is $26 for our standard form.
Any other start-up questions should be directed to the Business Section of the Rowan County Tax Collector’s office at 704-216-8544 or in person.
You can obtain more information on starting a business from Business Link North Carolina at www.blnc.gov.
If an individual was legally adopted their birth record will be located at North Carolina Vital Records.
You can contact NC Vital Records at: 919-733-3000.
The following map sizes are acceptable for recording: 18" x 24", 21" x 30", and 24" x 36." Before presenting the map to the Register of Deeds, it must be signed by the Rowan County Review Officer. Ask us about electronically recording maps!
Review Officers are located in the Planning Office and the Tax Assessor’s office on the 2nd floor at:
402 North Main StreetSalisbury, NC 28144
The fee to record a map is $21 per sheet.
Yes. You receive the original back and the Register of Deeds retains a digital copy.
They are just like any other kids in our community. Most are school aged, between the ages of 5 and 17. Many have brothers and sisters who want to stay together. They are Asian, Bi-racial, Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, and Native American. Some children require special love, patience and on-going medical/psychological services because they have experienced abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
All reports that do not rise to the level of an investigation are always reviewed a second time at regularly scheduled APS Screening Committee meetings. Committee members reviewing these reports include the APS Supervisor, the APS Program Administrator, and the Adult Services Attorney. The purpose of these reviews is to assure that no report was improperly screened out.
This reporting requirement applies to professionals such as physicians, psychologist, other health and mental health workers, day care workers, and school personnel. But it applies equally to friends, neighbors, relatives. and anyone else who suspects that a child is abused or neglected.
Persons receiving Medicaid under the Medicaid for Qualified Beneficiaries coverage group and/or children receiving North Carolina Health Choice are not eligible to receive Medicaid Transportation assistance. To request Medicaid Transportation contact Janice Gray at 704-216-8896.
You will only receive a refund if you have unused months left on the tag. If you need a refund please furnish the Tax Collector's office with a copy of the NCDOT Receipt for plate and/or sticker paper and a bill of sale or paperwork showing what you did with the vehicle. Fax paperwork to 704-216-7983. You can also visit or mail it to the Tax Collector's office at:
402 N Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
You must bid on it at public auction at the courthouse. Sales are held monthly. For more information go to
We need a copy of the new states registration and copy of NCDOT Receipt for plate and/or sticker paper. Fax paperwork to 704-216-7983. You can also visit or mail it to the Tax Collector's office at: 402 N Main Street Salisbury, NC 28144
Payment coupons are included in tax bills and allow citizens to pay taxes in four payments.
Yes, mortgage companies received a copy of tax bills that are escrowed.
You should forward the property tax bill to the new owner unless you are going to pay it. Agreements that are made between buyers, sellers, and attorneys are not our concern. However, since property taxes are a lien on real estate, it is in the buyer’s best interest to make sure all property taxes are settled before the property is purchased at closing (See Back of Bill).
Every year once bills become delinquent they will be advertised in the Salisbury Post. Each receipt will be charged a $5.00 fee for advertisement.
Receipts will not be sent for mail payments. for proof of payment and income tax purposes retain the top portion of the bill for your records.
Personal Property is considered to be the following: boats, motors, manufactured homes, jet skis, aircraft, campers and untagged vehicles, farm equipment or business personal property such as furniture, fixtures, and equipment used for trade or business. Appeals relating to the value, situs, or taxability of personal property must be received within 30 days. Please call 704-216-8558 Tax Assessor for questions.
If you have sold the real property assessed to you, please notify the new owner of any unpaid taxes
Disregard the bill, however it would be appreciated if you would ask your trustee to advise as to the status of your account.
Unpaid tax bills are subject to garnishment, attachment of bank accounts, rents, state funds or lottery winnings, levy or other legal action after January 5th.
If you did not return your listing form by January 31st or did not return it at all. please contact Tax Assessors with questions 704-216-8558
If you have been charged a pet fee and no longer have the pet contact Tax Assessors at 704-216-8558.
Please contact the Tax Assessors Office at 704-216-8558.
Rowan County does not charge the fee, our third party company or merchant charges the fee.
If you are moving a mobile home you will need a moving permit and all Taxes must be paid. Please come to the Tax Collectors office for a permit.
Please contact Tax Assessors office with any questions at 704-216-8558.