The Development Services department deals with land use and building safety. They process permits, perform inspections, maintain records, and help people navigate the development process.
A pre-application meeting is required for Level II, Level III, Conditional Zoning and Major Subdivision reviews. Go to develop.pre-app.ashevillenc.gov to schedule your meeting.
Prospective business owners, developers, and designers can receive expert technical advice from staff during the preliminary phase of a project.
Go to develop.plans.ashevillenc.gov to submit development plans for Level I, Level II, Level III, Major Subdivision, Conditional Zoning, or Conditional Use projects.
Apply for a new homestay permit or apply to renew your existing permit.
Forms and guides to remodel or build an addition to a residential property
Apply for residential and commercial electrical, gas piping, plumbing, mechanical, re-roof, or multi-trade permits.
Guide and forms to build a deck, shed, solar array, retaining wall, swimming pool, or other accessory structure on a residential property
Links to all of the forms you may need to build a new house
Use online tools to look up information about permits
Search your address on SimpliCity.AshevilleNC.gov to see if it is within the City of Asheville's permitting jurisdiction.
Use Asheville's Open for Business wizard to find out what permits and licenses you will need and an estimate of permit fees.
Visit asheville.zoningcheck.com to look up the zoning information for your project.
Development Services News
Delivery of digital tools to make the permitting process more streamlined continues at the Asheville Development Services Department (DSD) with their latest release — an online application for residential building permits. Find it at develop.residentialplans.ashevillenc.gov. Customers can now skip the lobby and submit residential permit applications online. The application links to helpful guidelines too, […]
With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1. Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for […]
Arras Hotel and Residences, currently under construction in downtown Asheville. The fall edition of the Asheville City Manager’s Development Forum will not happen this go-round, due to several scheduling conflicts. Staff expects to resume the popular community update on economic and development activity in the spring with our new City Manager Debra Campbell at the helm. […]