*NOTE-Not all applications are available for online submission. Click on link above to review Planning Applications available for submission.
Chatham County regulates land uses in the zoned areas of the County located outside the planning jurisdictions of Pittsboro, Siler City, Goldston and Cary through the Zoning Ordinance.
The zoned areas of the County are divided into Zoning Districts, as specified in Section Four of the Zoning Ordinance. For each Zoning District, the Zoning Ordinance specifies permitted land uses and contains regulations controlling the intensity and design of new development. The Zoning Ordinance also includes landscaping, lighting, parking and signage standards for development. Any new construction or change of use in the zoned area of the County is required to obtain approval prior to work. The different types of approval are detailed below. All Building Permits issued by the Central Permitting Department include a Zoning verification section that is completed prior to permit issuance.
When Do I Need a Permit?
¿Cuando Necesito un Permiso?
|R5 Residential District||NB Neighborhood Business District|
|R2 Residential District||CB Community Business District|
|R1 Residential District||RB Regional Business District|
|O&I Office & Institutional District||IL Light Industrial District|
|B1 General Business District||IH Heavy Industrial District|
Prior to submitting a development application, it is recommended that an applicant attend a Pre-Application meeting. 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 Janie Phelps at (919) 542-8221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Home Occupations
- Temporary or permanent signage for an event, business or residential development.
- Conditional Zoning District Rezoning
- General Use Zoning District Rezoning
- Zoning Text Amendments
- Conditional Use Permits
Zoning Applications, Checklists and Guidelines are also available on the Zoning Applications & Materials page.