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PLANNING DEPARTMENT MEETINGS CALENDAR:                                      
Click here for the 2017 Subdivision Calendar
Click here for the 2017 Zoning Calendar


 Comprehensive Planning Information Available 
Comprehensive Plan Page
The Comprehensive Plan for Chatham County has officially kicked off! Click the link for all information regarding this process and stay up to date on the planning process.

                     County-Wide Zoning Update

During the November 16 and December 14, 2015 Board of Commissioner meetings, the board discussed and voted to start the process to extend zoning to the remaining unzoned areas of the county.

To view more information about the zoning initiative click here.

 Subcommittee Documents Available

As several Planning Board subcommittees are underway, key handouts and related items will be posted at this link: 

 Public Hearing Signs

If you have seen a yellow public hearing sign and are interested in learning more about the proposed item, please select this link for more information.

 New Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance in Effect 2/17/14
Link here to view new Ordinance.
Link here for the Wireless Telecommunication Permit Application (Updated April 1, 2014)

Concept Plans

Link here to view information about pending
concept plans for subdivisions.

FIRM Instructions

Link here to view information on how to access the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps through the FRIS website.

Fair Housing Information

For more information about Fair Housing in Chatham County, click here

When Do I Need a Permit?¿Cuando Necesito un Permiso?

This helpful checklist in both English and Spanish helps you determine if you need a permit for renovations, repairs, or other work on your home or business. Click here to see form.  Español está en la página dos.

Development Pre-Application Meeting Information

Pre-application meetings provide an opportunity for applicants to meet informally with permitting staff to discuss the County's permitting processes for opening a new business, expanding a current business or other land development (i.e. major subdivision, Conditional Use Permit).  Meetings are not required, but are offered in an effort to make the permitting process as seamless as possible and provide feedback on preliminary proposals prior to document and application submittal.  The meetings are held on Wednesday afternoons.  For more information or to schedule a meeting, contact Anne Lowry at (919) 545-8310 or or Angela Birchett at (919) 542-8285 or    

Step-by-Step Guide

Pre-Application Information Form


Click here for the online calendar                    

INTRODUCTION:  The mission of the Planning Department is to manage the land development and permitting processes of
Chatham County in an efficient and effective 
manner by advising boards, assisting applicants
for developments, and enforcing land use and
related regulations, with the goal of saving the  
county from unnecessary expenses in the future
to correct development problems and to protect
the citizens' investment in property. 

MAJOR SERVICES: This office primarily provides:  

  • Long-range land use planning;
  • Oversight of current planning;
  • Administration and enforcement of land use ordinances and regulations (zoning, subdivision, watershed, floodplain management, junkyard, communications towers, off-premise signs, and mobile home regulations); and
  • Coordination of Community Development Block Grant funds for scattered-site housing funds for low-income residents.


OFFICE: 80-A East Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Located between the BP Station and Hardees in the Dunlap Building

OFFICE HOURS: 8 am-5 pm on Monday-Friday, except for holidays

MAILING ADDRESS: P. O. Box 54, Pittsboro, NC 27312

PHONE: 919-542-8204

DIRECTOR: Jason Sullivan



PLANNING CALENDAR: Link to calendar


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