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The Adoption Waiting List Form allows adopters interested in animals to be placed on a waiting list. Final adoption process must take place at the Animal Shelter. You must be 18 years old. Bring a legal ID with you. We cannot hold animals for you based on a phone call or email. We accept cash or card, no checks please. Most animals can be taken home same day.
Because of the number of animals we see, we have to project our space availability and predict a date by which the animal needs to be adopted.
Check the Pet Availability Spreadsheet for the pet's available date and current status (adopted, redeemed, etc.). Please note there are separate tabs for Dogs and Cats at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
For weekend and after-hours emergencies such as aggressive animals, bites, etc., please call 911. During regular operational hours, please contact Animal Enforcement.
Register your lost pet online and you will be emailed automatically when an animal matching what you select is registered as FOUND or shows up at our Shelter.
Learn more about what to do with lost and found animals.
Learn more about lost and found tags, legal obligations to report a found animal, and more on our Lost & Found page.
You will need to contact a Wildlife Rehabilitator from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Please note: it is illegal to keep any North Carolina wildlife without a permit and North Carolina law prohibits any native wildlife being kept as pets. This is why we have licensed wildlife rehabilitators. These are volunteers that have the resources to provide care for small mammals, birds, reptiles and some other species until the animal can be released back into their natural habitat.
The Leash Law applies to all animals and requires that the owner maintain "restraint by a leash, harness, or similar effective or humane device that is capable of restraining an animal, or confinement indoors or within a cage, fence, or vehicle or similar secure enclosure." Please talk to your neighbor and try to resolve the issue. If you are unable to resolve the matter, you may contact our Animal Enforcement division to file a complaint.
We are only able to remove wildlife if they are in your living space. Living space does not include your attic, chimney, crawl space, or exterior property. Contact our Animal Enforcement division for more information.
No. Please contact Animal Enforcement for more information.
Do not approach the animals but try to observe from a distance. If you do not see the mother return within 24 hours, please contact Animal Enforcement to retrieve the animals.
If you notice any signs of rabies in an animal, stay away from it and call Animal Control at 704-216-7768.
You may register to vote in Rowan County if you are:
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.
Plans are reviewed in the order they are received. We try to provide initial comments within two weeks of receipt of plans. The law allows a maximum review time of 30 days, after which time the plan is automatically approved.
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.
Conditional uses are assumed to be generally compatible with other land uses permitted in the zoning district in which the conditional use is proposed. However, due to their unique characteristics or potential impacts on the surrounding areas or the county as a whole, individual consideration of their location, design, configuration and/or operation at the proposed location is required. Prior to submitting a conditional use permit request, applicants are encouraged to meet with a member of the Planning Department to discuss the request. The following information must be presented for consideration by the department:
More information regarding the conditional use permit process.
A commercial plan review is required for all commercial projects. The following is a list of departments involved in the review process of commercial projects:
Download and complete the Assumed Business Name Certificate (PDF) or obtain a printed copy at no charge from the Register of Deeds office. Complete the form 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.
Yes, if you were born in Rowan County. If you were born in another county in North Carolina after 1971, you may obtain a Statewide Birth Certificate for an additional $14.00 charge - contact the Register of Deeds for details.
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.
You may stop by our office or request a copy by mail at:
402 North Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
You can request a copy online at:
If you walk into the office, you must complete the request form and show a government issued, photo ID. You may also mail in a request, it must include your name at birth, birth date, father’s name, and mother’s maiden name. Sign your request. Attach a copy of your government issued, photo ID.
The list is limited.
- Your spouse
- Your parent
- Your child
- Your sibling
- Your grandchild
- Your grandparent
- Your attorney or legal agent
You may stop by our office or request by mail at:
If you walk into the office, you must complete the request form and show a government issued, photo ID. You may also mail a hand written request; it must include the name of the deceased, date of death and your relation to the deceased. Sign your request. Attach a copy of your government issued, photo ID.
See an attorney. After the documents are drawn and properly notarized, present the documents to the Register of Deeds. The recording fee is $64 for the first 15 pages and $4 for each additional page.
The following map sizes are acceptable for recording: 18 inches by 24 inches; 21 inches by 30 inches; and 24 inches by 36 inches. 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.
If you were married in Rowan County, you may stop by our office and purchase a certified copy for $10 [(Cash or money order only) (ID required)]. You may also request your copy by mail.
Give the names of the groom and bride at time of marriage and the date of marriage, and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a photo copy of your ID. Requests are mailed the same day received.
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.
There are three ways to apply (one application works for Medicaid and Health Choice).
Call Rowan County DSS at 704-216-8330 if one of these methods will not work for you.
A report may be made in person, by telephone, or in writing to the Department of Social Services in your county. The county phone number for making reports is 704-216-8499. Reports may also be made to the state Child Protective Services Division by calling 800-354-KIDS. The Rowan County address is:1813 E Innes StreetSalisbury, NC 28146
Becoming a foster parent starts with an informational meeting and an application packet. Call us at 704.216.8440 to begin your journey!
To apply for Work First family Assistance, please come into agency to the application window. You must complete an application in person and meet with a caseworker to sign the application
To apply for the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP), you can apply in person at the Rowan County Department of Social Services 1813 E Innes Street, Salisbury NC 28146 or a phone interview can be completed at 704-216-8330 and the application mailed to you for your signature.
To apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), you can apply in person at the Rowan County Department of Social Services 1813 E Innes Street, Salisbury NC 28146 or a phone interview can be completed at 704-216-8330 and the application mailed to you for your signature.
Basic Eligibility Requirements;
Medicaid or Health Choice may be available to people who are:
You also must:
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.
Beginning in 2013 the Tag and Tax Together program was implemented to allow property owners to conveniently pay annual vehicle registration fees and property taxes together. Motor vehicles that are registered and tagged are listed with the county automatically after you renew your registration or register a new vehicle. Any unregistered (untagged) vehicles must be listed with the county during the annual listing period in January. Learn more by viewing the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
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
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
Yes! However, it can change from year to year. There is a 1.5% discount for July and 1% in August.
For real estate, individual personal property, and business personal property, taxes are due September 1st for that current tax year. However, you can make prepayments prior to the bills being issued. Rowan County tax bills are mailed in late July to early August. Also, you will be able to receive a discount for any money received prior to September 1st. These taxes will become delinquent after January 5th of the following year and subject to enforced collections efforts.
Payment coupons are included in tax bills and allow citizens to pay taxes in four payments.
Please see your bill or receipt. If you need additional information, please call the Tax Assessor office at 704-216-8558.
Yes, mortgage companies received a copy of tax bills that are escrowed.
Although you have agreed to have your property taxes escrowed and paid through your mortgage company, we still mail the property tax bill to the correct owner.
You can get a copy of your property tax card at the Tax Assessor office located at:
Prior to bills being mailed in July you can make prepayments but you must specify they are prepayments or the amount will be refunded back to you. After bills are mailed in July you can make payments at any time. Tax bills are due September 1st and become delinquent after January 5th. Remember, Rowan County does offer discounts for payments in the month of July and August.
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 Assessor 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.