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.

The DSD Permit Application Center (PAC) is open to the public on Monday to Friday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm (closed public holidays).

Access all DSD services online through the Development Portal:

Visit the Development Portal

 

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

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 


 

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City Manager Development Forum returns in remote format November 19 

  The City Manager’s Development Forum returns — in a remote format — from noon to 1 p.m. November 19. During the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction and development has continued in Asheville. While the Development Forum will be held virtually with no in-person components, it offers an opportunity to learn about trends [...]

Updated City of Asheville Noise Ordinance goes into effect September 15

  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. As the newly revised ordinance will go into effect September 15, we wanted to let residents know where to find [...]

Major disaster declaration granted for Western North Carolina counties damaged by Tropical Storm Fred, including Buncombe

From the Office of Governor Roy Cooper: The White House and FEMA have granted Governor Roy Cooper’s Aug. 27 request for a major disaster declaration for seven North Carolina counties that were hit hard by floods after Tropical Storm Fred. “This federal disaster declaration will help provide assistance for Western North Carolina communities to rebuild stronger and [...]