Development Services Department
In some situations, yes. Please refer to this guide for more information.
It depends on the size and nature of your project. Please refer to this guide for more information.
We are located at 161 S. Charlotte Street. Our parking lot is accessed via Eagle Street and our department is on the first floor.
We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are closed on public holidays.
If you are interested in learning more about how the development review process relates to a potential project, please use our Commercial Development Assistant. This system will walk you through the City’s development review process.
We offer the Early Assistance Program to allow prospective business owners, developers and designers a chance to receive expert technical advice from staff during the preliminary phase of a project. Register here by choosing "Schedule an Early Assistance Meeting."
You can find out what a property is zoned and what uses are allowed there by visiting the
You can find out what a property is zoned and what uses are allowed there by visiting the Asheville Zoning Map.
Our permit and review fee schedule shows all fees and can be found here.
Signs within the City of Asheville require a Sign Permit. You can find the application here.
If you have an active permit, you can schedule your inspection via our Citizen Access website. Use your permit number to conduct a search.
If your property is zoned for single-family residential uses and is used as such, you do not need a permit unless you are located in a protected steep slope area. Find out if you are in a steep slope zone here.
If you are disturbing 500 square feet or more, you will need to obtain a grading permit for your residential or commercial project. If your project is disturbing over 10,000 square feet, you will need a formal grading plan. If your project is under 10,000, you will need an informal grading plan.
Based on the size and scope of what you are doing, you may need to hire a professional to help you with your plans and application. Please refer to this guide for more information.