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:

DSD Main Line: 828-259-5846
PAC@ashevillenc.gov

Planner of the Day: 828-259-5450
POD@ashevillenc.gov

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

Stormwater and Grading 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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Apply for a trade permit

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Development Services News

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City of Asheville issues protocols for inspections during State of Emergency

  The City of Asheville is modifying its operations until further notice to protect residents and City staff while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.   The Development Services Department (DSD) requests that contractors maintain a clean and safe environment for City staff so we may continue to provide inspection services. Please follow CDC guidelines (

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City of Asheville eases restrictions on food trucks and temporary signage 

  The City of Asheville is taking steps to increase access to safe dining options during the course of this COVID-19 public health emergency. To do so, on March 24, Mayor Esther Manheimer amended the City’s State of Emergency declaration to exempt food trucks and restaurants from certain portions of the City’s Unified Development Ordinance. These [...]

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2020 City of Asheville initiatives: What to look for in the new year

With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at 10 Asheville City government initiatives as we ring in not only a new year, but a new decade  in 2020.     Civic Center gets Harrah’s Cherokee name  The year 2020 will start with excitement for the newly named Harrah’s Cherokee Center — [...]