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Civil Process

The Civil Process Division serves civil processes issued by the court system.

The Civil Process Division serves civil processes issued by the court system. “Civil” refers to such things as lawsuits, divorces, subpoenas for court, child support, judgments, Small Claims court, etc. Most often the court issues a paper and Civil Process Deputies serve the paper to the named person(s). The paper often tells the named person(s) a court date or an action that must be taken.

The Civil Process Division is commanded by a Civil Process Captain and is assisted by a Civil Process Lieutenant and two Sergeants. These supervisors have 14 full-time officers to fulfill the duties of the office.

Fee Schedule

The Sheriff's Department is required by law to charge fees for most civil process actions.

Procedure for obtaining service on an Out-of-State process

Paperwork Needed:

  • Original Summons (including attachments as necessary)
  • Original Return of Service Form
  • One copy for each person being served
  • Letter of instructions or special needs as desired
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope for return to the originating Clerk of Superior Court.


Cash, Certified Check or Money Order

Payable to:

Buncombe County Sheriff's Department


Buncombe County Sheriff's Department
Attn: Civil Process Division
60 Court Plaza, 4th Floor
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

NOTE: Persons must reside within Buncombe County—physical address required; no post office box.

Auction & Upcoming Sales

  • All sales are made subject to all liens and encumbrances which become effective prior to the judgment or execution lien under which the sale is being held.
  • A purchaser can acquire only the interest the judgment debtor possessed in the property when the lien became effective.
  • The purchaser then becomes responsible to pay the prior liens if he wishes to retain possession and ownership of the property.
  • The rule of caveat emptor, or let the buyer beware, applies to ALL purchases of property at execution sales.
  • All property is sold as-is with NO warranty.
  • Any real property sold under execution remains subject to all liens which became effective prior to the lien of the judgment pursuant to which the sale is held, in the same manner and to the same extent as if no such sale had been held.
  • The Sheriff encourages all prospective bidders to research real property at the Register of Deeds Office.
  • A 10% percent cash deposit is due at the time of sale, for ALL real property sales.
  • Real property sales are subject to a ten (10) day upset bid waiting period.
  • Every sale shall be made for cash.
  • All sales are subject to cancellation.

Source: North Carolina General Statutes §§ 1-339.68(b), 1-339.47

Upcoming Sales

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Locate & Contact

Sheriff's Department


Sheriff's Department
60 Court Plaza, 4th Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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