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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Development Services News

Asheville City Council approves updates to Noise Ordinance

  At their July 27 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to update the City’s Noise Ordinance with an aim to identify and prioritize noise concerns and develop clear and enforceable thresholds for noise generation.   The vote followed a year-long engagement, then a year delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID gathering restrictions were [...]

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Proposed Noise Ordinance revisions get closer to vote with an update to Asheville City Council 

    While the pandemic put a pause on the Noise Ordinance revisions it also allowed City staff to further engage Asheville’s music community and downtown residents and be part of the City’s Reimagining Public Safety conversation.   And because this initiative began under a previous City Council, Development Services Director Ben Woody gave an update to the current [...]

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Asheville to waive some fees to help support local businesses during State of Emergency

  To help reduce economic hardship posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville will continue to waive or suspend collection of fees on a case-by-case basis. Asheville City Council approved this action during their Jan. 12 meeting. The fees that may be waived include temporary uses, outdoor dining, a-frame signage, push carts, and associated trade permits. Many [...]