Single-Family Development Permits

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Typically, a new single-family residence will require a building permit, electrical permit, plumbing permit, gas piping permit, zoning permit, grading permit, sewer service approval, water service approval and a driveway access permit. The City of Asheville’s Development Services Center helps citizens and developers submit the necessary applications to receive these permits.

Permits are not required for construction, alterations, repairs or replacements that will cost five thousand dollars ($5,000) or less in any single-family residence unless the work involves: (1) the addition, repair or replacement of load bearing structures; (2) the addition (excluding same size and capacity) or change in the design of plumbing; (3) the addition, replacement or change in the design of heating, air conditioning, or electrical wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment; or (4) the addition (excluding replacement of like grade of fire resistance) of roofing. If any of these conditions exist, a permit is required.

Residential Building Plan Review Waiver
Building code plan review is not required by state law for one and two family dwellings. The Department provides this compliance review as a service to the pubic. If the scope of work is limited to interior renovations or reroof; work is being done by a licensed General Contractor; or plans and details for the project have been produced under the responsible care of a North Carolina licensed design professional (architect or engineer), you can choose to waive the building review service. Signing this waiver ideally results in faster issuance of the required permits.


Single Family Residential Zoning Information

If you are building a new home, deck, or shed, information is available to help you determine the setback regulations required by zoning. Follow these steps to obtain this information:
  • Determine the zoning of your property using the mapAsheville service.
  • Find the page in the Single Family Residential Setback Guide that corresponds to your zoning. This document will demonstrate the required front, side, and rear setbacks as well as what encroachments (decks, architectural features, sheds, etc.) are allowed within the setbacks.
  • If you want to build a stand-along Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or to build one along with your home (either attached or detached), visit the project page here (under Citywide Projects) to learn more about ADUs.  

Information Required for Permit Applications


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