Zoning Permits & Review
After you have completed a pre-application conference and are ready to submit an application for your project's permits, your project will be subject to zoning review.
The Site Plan division of the Development Services Department reviews many different types of projects for zoning compliance including Level I, II, and III projects, Conditional Use Permits and Conditional Zoning, Rezoning, Sign Permits, Flexible Development requests, Major and Minor Subdivisions, Home Occupation Permits, Outdoor Merchandise and Pushcarts and Zoning Variance applications. The application review process depends on the size and type of project, as listed below.
Level I: Projects less than 35,000 square feet or less than 20 residential units
Level II, III, Conditional Zoning, Conditional Use Permits & Major Subdivisions: Projects more than 35,000 square feet
or 20 or more residential units
The Planning & Development Department coordinates zoning review for all projects larger than Level I through the Office of the Technical Review Manager.
Application packets for specific types of projects are available through the Technical Review Committee web page.
Home Occupation Permit Application
Home Occupations are permitted in all residential districts provided that certain standards are met. Applications are accepted in the Development Services Center and are reviewed by Planning Department staff. A permit fee of $52 is required when the application is submitted.
Home Occupation Application
Rezoning requests are heard by the Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council. It is strongly recommended that applicants meet with a planner before submitting their application. Please call the Planning Department at (828) 259-5831 and ask to speak to a planner who handles rezoning requests to schedule a pre-application conference.
Rezoning Application Packet
Signs are regulated by the City of Asheville to stabilize and protect property values, to maintain the visual attractiveness of the city and its environment, and to ensure public safety. Regulations govern the location, size, and type of signs and require that most signs have Zoning and/or Building permits. No sign – temporary, permanent, permitted, or unpermitted, with the exception of governmental signs – may be displayed in a public
About Sign Permits
Nearly all outdoor signs in Asheville require a sign permit. Some temporary signs do not require a permit, such as an on-site yard sale sign or real estate sign (see the section below about temporary signs for more information). City staff can assist you in determining whether a sign permit is needed by calling (828) 259-5450.
Permanent sign fees vary depending on size and type of sign. Please call the Development Services Center at (828) 259-5846 for permit fee questions. Temporary and A-Frame sign permits are $25.
Application forms must be complete and include site location, applicant name, business name,