Special uses are assumed to be generally compatible with other land uses permitted in the zoning district in which the special use is proposed. However, due to their unique characteristics or potential impacts on the surrounding areas or the county as a whole, individual consideration of their location, design, configuration and/or operation at the proposed location is required. Prior to submitting a special use permit request, applicants are encouraged to meet with a member of the Planning Department to discuss the request. The following information must be presented for consideration by the department:
Show All Answers
Have all road names needed to complete the sign and contact the Planning and Development Department at 704-216-8588 or fill out the Damaged or Missing Street Sign Form. Please note that the County will only put up road signs outside of city limits.
Prior to submitting a rezoning request, applicants are encouraged to meet with a member of the Planning Department to discuss the requested change. The following information must be submitted for consideration:
To file a complaint regarding an ordinance violation, please contact 704-216-8588 or complete a complaint form or minimum housing standards petition and submit it to the Planning and Development Department. The complaint form can be found here. The minimum housing petition can be found here.
Rowan County adopted an Addressing Ordinance (PDF) to ensure that efficient police, fire and emergency service is provided to the citizens of Rowan County. This ordinance requires all new homes to be assigned numbers by the Planning and Development Department staff in accordance with accepted procedures. Planning staff will issue an address at the time a zoning permit is pulled.
Verify that the proposed use is allowed, business location and operations, with the Planning and Development Department by calling 704-216-8588. Planning staff will determine the type of permit that will need to be applied for (Zoning Verification Letter or Zoning Permit).
Developing on a parcel with floodplain will require a development permit to go alongside the zoning permit. Staff will need a site plan with the proposed location of the new building(s). Some sites may require a surveyor to mark the proposed location(s) on the site plan. Once the footers of the new building(s) have been laid, staff will need to verify that the structure(s) are located outside of the floodplain. This is done with an as built survey, but in some circumstances may be done with a site visit by Planning staff. If Planning staff provides a site visit a $50 fee will be charged with the issuing of the development permit.
A commercial plan review is required for all commercial projects. The following is a list of departments involved in the review process of commercial projects:
Download Commercial Review Plan (PDF)
To submit payment you can click here.