What we do

The Development Services Department (DSD) promotes safety, livability and positive economic growth to build a better and safer Asheville. DSD processes permits, performs inspections, maintains records and helps customers navigate the development process.

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The DSD Permit Application Center (PAC) is open to the public on Monday to Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm at limited customer capacity at this time. DSD staff continue to answer customers’ questions, receive and review permit applications and conduct inspections. Customers can access all DSD services online at this time.

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DSD staff are currently working both in the office and remotely and can be reached by phone and email:

Permit Application Center (Main Line): 828-259-5846
PAC@ashevillenc.gov

Zoning Hotline: 828-259-5450
POD@ashevillenc.gov

Building Code Hotline: 828-259-5967
buildingsafety@ashevillenc.gov

Stormwater / Grading / Flood Hotline: 828-259-5670
stormwater@ashevillenc.gov

 

Click here to access the Current Development Map.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  As our local leaders are assessing the damage to Buncombe County in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred, Buncombe County Emergency Services is standing up a call center to connect residents to resources and information. To assist with disaster recovery, Buncombe County has activated a dedicated line for those impacted.   An Emergency Services Call Center is [...]