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Administered by the Buncombe County Planning & Development Department.
Establishes permit and licensing requirements for adult entertainment establishments within the jurisdiction of the County.
View the Adult Establishments Ordinance -Chapter 14 Article VI-on municode.com
Establishes program to encourage the voluntary preservation and protection of farmland from non-farm development.
Learn more about Farmland Preservation from the Land Conservation Advisory Board, or from the Buncombe County Soil & Water Conservation District.
View the Buncombe County Farmland Preservation Ordinance-Chapter 58 Article III-on municode.com
Establishes zoning requirements for land uses within Buncombe County.
Learn more about the Buncombe County Zoning Ordinance.
View the Zoning Ordinance for Buncombe County, North Carolina.
"The definition of a junk vehicle is one that does not display a North Carolina license plate, cannot be self-propelled in the manner in which it was originally intended to, or has been wrecked and dismantled,"
Buncombe County Government is well aware of the problems junk vehicles can cause. On April 15, 1998, the Buncombe County Commissioners passed an ordinance that regulates abandoned and junked motor vehicles in Buncombe County.
View the Buncombe County Junked Motor Vehicles Ordinance-Chapter 26 Article VI §26-282-on municode.com
Requires registration and permitting of automobile graveyards or junkyards by owners, operators or maintainers within the jurisdiction of the County.
Establishes procedures and standards for the subdivision of land within the jurisdiction of the County.
Learn more about Land Development & Subdivisions.
Gillian Phillips & Shannon Capezzali
Download the Buncombe County Land Development & Subdivision Ordinance-Chapter 70
Provides standards, restrictions and permit requirements for manufactured homes and manufactured home parks.
Download the Buncombe County Manufactured Homes and Parks Ordinance-Chapter 46
Provides standards and restrictions for off-premise signs and regulates the erection and placement of such signs in unincorporated areas of the County.
View the Buncombe County Off-Premises Sign Ordinance -Chapter 78 Article V-on municode.com
The Board of Commissioners has adopted an ordinance to regulate the construction of retaining walls providing a cumulative vertical relief of greater than ten feet. The Retaining Wall Ordinance addresses standards for terracing, safety barriers, landscaping, engineer certification, and with large walls, the enabling of long term monitoring. Concurrent with application for a building permit, applicants will need to apply for and obtain a Retaining Wall Ordinance Certificate of Compliance. This will require an initial site plan review by Planning Department staff. Once the plan is approved and a building permit has been obtained, construction may begin on the wall or wall system. Prior to obtaining a certificate of completion, the applicant must provide all required documentation and have placed any required landscaping and/or safety barriers.
Download the Buncombe County Ordinance for the permitting of Retaining Walls-Chapter 26, Article VIII
Application for a Retaining Wall permit for walls at or over 10 feet in height.
The fee schedule includes all Planning & Development Department fees associated with licensing, permits, applications, and other documents.
Regulates certain land disturbing activities to control accelerated erosion and sedimentation, in order to prevent the pollution of water and other damage to lakes, water courses and other public and private property by sedimentation. Requires permits for land disturbing activities of one acre or more and for ¼ acre and ½ acre or more disturbance as described in Chapter 70, Subdivisions, sec. 70-68 and Chapter 26 sec. 26-211 of the Erosion Control Ordinance. Applies to all areas of the County except for the City of Asheville.
Learn more about Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control.
William J. Guess
Erosion Control Officer
The Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control ordinance defines the basic terms, scope, purpose, and requirements of the ordinance-Chapter 26, Article V
Establishes procedures and requirements for street names and street addresses and for the display of street address numbers.
More information is available at E-911.
View the Street Name, Street Address and Address Display Ordinance-Chapter 66 Article II-on municode.com
Provides restrictions and permit requirements for the erection of any telecommunications towers in unincorporated areas of the County.
View the Telecommunications Ordinance-Chapter 72-on municode.com
Establishes standards and regulations for development and subdivision of property in public water supply watersheds.
View the Watershed Protection Ordinance-Chapter 78 Article II-on municode.com
View the Watershed Permit Application
Regulates and restricts development within the 100-year floodplain.
More flood damage prevention information is available at Floodplain Development.
View the Buncombe County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance-Chapter 34 Article II
Planning & Development
Planning & Development
P: (828) 250-4830
Nathan Pennington, CFM
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.