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Development Services rolls out digital residential permit application and review tool

  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, […]

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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  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 […]

We’re asking you: What tools would help Asheville residents stay informed about development

The City of Asheville wants to help residents stay informed about development projects by connecting residents to information about proposed projects as well as the review and approval process. The City has several online tools already available to help people find information about development projects, such as the City’s Technical Review Committee project map. To help […]

Development Services releases updated fee schedule and improved fee calculation tools

    Following in-depth study and public comment, Asheville’s Development Services Department (DSD) has released its FY 2019 Fee Schedule, which goes into effect July 1, 2018. The new Fee Schedule is the result of nine months of analysis and customer input.   In fall 2017, DSD undertook a comprehensive study of current fees with the […]

Asheville earns ‘SolSmart Gold’ designation for advancing solar energy growth

  Solar power is on the rise in the U.S. — and in Asheville. Here are steps the City is taking to encourage solar energy.   While solar makes up about 2 percent of the energy generated nationwide, the City of Asheville is working to remove barriers to this sustainable energy source. In the past […]

Asheville’s larger development fees to rise, tennis center passes lowered

    City Council passes fee adjustments for the 2018-2019 fiscal year     With spring comes birds singing, longer days and — the City of Asheville budget season. Prior to adopting the 2018-2019 budget in June for the fiscal year, each April Council passes its fee adjustments. On April 10, City Council adopted its Fees […]

Q&A: How Asheville’s Housing Code Coordinator can assist renters who encounter substandard conditions

Renting a home or apartment? The City of Asheville can be a resource if you encounter substandard housing. The City’s Housing Code Coordinator investigates complaints about violations of the Minimum Housing Code.   Recognizing that most landlords or property managers maintain rental units properly, the Housing Code Coordinator can help a renter who encounters a […]

City of Asheville launches online Development Portal as streamlined option for development review applications

Large construction projects continue to dot the downtown Asheville skyline. At right, the 45 Asheland Condominiums are under construction. At left in the background are the twin cranes erecting the Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine addition.   Developers, online applications for development review have come to the City of Asheville. Now you can file your applications […]

Resource reminder: City of Asheville develops Restaurant Startup Guide

Opening a restaurant is no game. It’s a complicated enterprise that includes building permits and health inspections, for one. In fact, it takes multiple steps from concept to completion before a chef/owner can welcome his or her first diners. To help Asheville restaurateurs navigate the ins and outs of needed permits and inspections, the City […]

Now hiring: Director of Development Services. Apply by March 24.

The City of Asheville is looking for a talented, experienced and innovative professional driven toward customer service excellence with the knowledge and ability to effectively lead the evolution of the department and its services. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with strategic, community-oriented leadership ability and proven management skills; with the ability to […]

Video: How accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can benefit homeowners

In June 2016, Asheville City Council made it easier for more homeowners to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property. That’s when they changed the ADU regulations and made this zoning tool available to be used on a wider range of residential properties. And that’s a good thing for homeowners and the larger community […]

City of Asheville launches new small biz development tool

The City of Asheville is proud to announce the launch of Open Counter: Asheville, a web-based tool, designed to help small business owners understand the specific license, permits and requirements for starting their business in Asheville.   Informed by the City’s zoning and land use permits as well as building and public works processes, the goal of […]