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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While the DSD Permit Application Center (PAC) is closed to the public 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.

Click here to access DSD services online

While the office is closed, DSD staff continue to work 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

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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 [...]

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City of Asheville releases draft Noise Ordinance revisions, launches survey 

Update: The survey deadline has been extended to Dec. 11.   The City of Asheville’s Noise Ordinance revisions are getting closer to Council consideration. But before staff brings them to Council, we want to bring them to you, our residents.   Visit the City’s informational webpage about the Noise Ordinance to review the draft revisions [...]

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Asheville City Council hears tree canopy protection amendment

    At Asheville City Council’s Aug. 25 meeting, City staff presented an ordinance focused on the preservation, enhancement and expansion of the City’s tree canopy as it relates to private land development activity.    The proposed changes will ask developers to consider the tree canopy and require that they keep a portion of the trees in place, plant [...]