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Effective immediately, the following adjustments will be made to protect employees and the general public and to ensure that service levels can be maintained throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff will not conduct meetings in person or keep regular office hours in the Dunlap Building. We will continue to answer emails, return phone calls, conduct plan reviews, process applications, conduct inspections, issue permits, etc., but we will do so remotely and/or without interaction with others. We strongly encourage applicants to submit plans and applications online through the CityView Portal found here:

If you are not familiar with CityView Portal, you may also register and find instructions at the website link above.

If electronic submittals are not possible, you may leave submittals in the main lobby of the Dunlap Building in the designated box provided. Please call or email staff (click here for the staff directory) and leave a voicemail indicating that you have made a submittal in the drop box. The lobby for Planning/Central Permitting/Environmental Health will be locked.

We will leave outgoing paperwork in a labeled designated box in the main lobby. You will be notified of the date your submittal is available for pickup.

Every effort will be made to schedule necessary appointments on a case-by-case basis.

Please don’t hesitate to call for more detail about any of the above information. Leave a voicemail and staff will return your call ASAP. We do not anticipate major service interruptions but we do ask for your patience as we work through these adjustments during this time.

Thank you!


 PLANNING DEPARTMENT MEETINGS CALENDAR:                                      

Click here for the 2020 Subdivision Calendar
Click here for the 2020 Zoning Calendar



NEW: Remote Meetings Information Page

Interactive Development Viewer

Planning Staff Customer Service Survey

Please take our Customer Service Survey to let us know how our department is doing!

Comprehensive Plan Page

Natural Gas & Oil Information

 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.

Concept Plans

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

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 Janie Phelps at (919) 542-8221, 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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