Buncombe County works in partnership with several non-profit housing agencies in our community that specialize in assisting homeowners and tenants. Questions or needs concerning housing services should be directed to the following agencies below.
List or search for rental property
Socialserve.com is a service provided for area residents to either list or search for rental property. This service is free to both landlords and perspective tenants, and targets affordable rental housing. Visit:
The toll free telephone number to call for help in accessing rental property through this web service is 1-877-428-8844. For persons without internet connection, any Buncombe County Public Library branch offers connectivity.
The North Carolina Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in housing because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental handicaps, or family status (families with children). The law applies to the sale, rental or financing of residential housing. For more information about Fair Housing, or filing a complaint, visit the following information links:
To learn more about Buncombe County's Affordable Housing programs and activities, please read the following:
Zoning Ordinance Incentives for Affordable Housing
The Community Oriented Development (COD) program is available to developers through the Buncombe County Zoning Ordinance. This program awards significant density bonuses for developments that include affordable and workforce housing in their design, as well as including other features and amenities recognized through the three categories of sustainability:
- and economy
Up to 250% percent of the allowed density could be awarded through the point system shown in the Ordinance section §78-650.
In most of the zoning districts within the County, residents are allowed to build up to two (2) homes on their property (i.e, additional dwelling units). The County also reduced setback requirements and minimum lot size requirements, which allows less acreage per lot.
Visit the Zoning Ordinance for more information.
Affordable Housing Services Program
The Asheville Regional Housing Consortium 2018-2019 HOME Investment Partnerships Program
If you are submitting a HOME application for consideration by Buncombe County, the submission deadline is January 19, 2018 by 5:00 PM.
This year’s application is only available by accessing the City of Asheville’s HOME Webinar at the following link:
You will be asked to view the webinar and submit your contact information to have the application documents emailed to you. If you experience any difficulties accessing the application documents, please contact Donna Cottrell with Buncombe County by calling (828) 250-4834.
Submit two paper copies by hand or by mail to:
Planning & Development
46 Valley Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Fee Rebate Program
Abandoned Manufactured Home Removal Policy
Do you or someone you know have an abandoned manufactured home that needs to be removed? Take a look at the policy below for details.