(Updated on March 17)
Existing Projects/Open Enforcement Cases:
All deadlines have been automatically extended for 30 days as of March 16, 2020. This applies to compliance deadlines on existing enforcement cases and to expiration dates of permits. Please contact the Planner on Call 828-610-8442 to inquire about the status of a particular project.
All of our applications are available electronically as fillable PDFs (links below). We can accept electronic submissions via email (see below). Until further notice, the requirement to submit hard copy plans is waived for all applications for accessory structures, signs, temporary advertising, residential additions, and new single family constructions. Digital plans are still required. We are currently unable to process payments online, but application fees can be mailed to: City of Lenoir Planning Department, 801 West Avenue NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. For projects requiring full-sized plan submittal, plans can be mailed. Please give us a call to coordinate your application if you have any questions or concerns.
We are also accepting applications for projects requiring Planning Board/City Council approval. However, the dates of those meetings are uncertain. Projects requiring public hearings have specific standards for advertising and noticing established by NC General Statutes. We will post meeting dates and revised application deadlines as we establish them.
We are happy to discuss your project with you via phone. Please call the Planner on Call at 828-610-8442 to schedule an appointment, or email the Planning Technician (see below.) Many of our pre-application meetings can be handled entirely through email – please include plans, plat maps, etc. and a list of questions and your email will be routed to the appropriate staff person to review and respond.
We have temporarily suspended code enforcement activities, except for those deemed immediate risks to life safety.
The West End Community Workshop that was scheduled for March 28 at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church has been postponed. For more information please visit www.cityoflenoir.com/WestEndPlan
The Planning and Community Development Department oversees:
- Minimum housing
Staff reviews residential, commercial, and industrial development, and works to ensure new development is consistent with Lenoir’s Comprehensive Plan.
Did you receive a notice of public hearing in the mail? Visit the Planning Board Meetings page to view upcoming meetings and public hearings.
Planner On CallPhone: 828-610-8442If you have a question about planning, zoning, or development in Lenoir, call the planner on call Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lenoir's Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board comprised of citizen members appointed by the City Council The Board of Adjustment is tasked with hearing variance requests and appeals of land development decisions by administrative officials.
Access the Code or Ordinances as well as highlighted Planning ordinances.
View a list of frequently asked questions about planning and zoning.
Use our online map viewer, city boundaries, see the Greenway, or access the trash route map.
View or download zoning, floodplain, planning board, storm water, and other permit applications and other forms.
Our Planning Board serves as an advisory board to City Council. The board makes recommendations to City Council on discretionary land use approvals like zoning map changes, ordinance amendments, conditional and special uses, and major subdivisions.
Discover more about the bicycle plan, comprehensive plan, Lenoir Architectural Survey, North Main Small Area Plan, Overmountain National Historic Trail, and Pedestrian Plan.
The City of Lenoir is a Phase 2 stormwater management community under the Clean Water Act, which means that the City of Lenoir is required to meet conditions of a NPDES permit for our municipal storm sewer system (the system that carries rainwater from parking lots, roof tops, and other “built upon” areas to streams and rivers – our main source of drinking water). Our Stormwater Program is managed by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments. Stormwater Management is a common term that refers to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
Strategic Tax Foreclosures is a tool the City uses to return abandoned properties to the market.