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.

Use the green navigation bar above or the service buttons below to access DSD resources and permit applications.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Click here to access the Current Development Map.

 

Related Services

Apply for a trade permit

Apply for residential and commercial electrical, gas piping, plumbing, mechanical, re-roof, or multi-trade permits.

Build a detached structure or deck

Guide and forms to build a deck, shed, solar array, retaining wall, swimming pool, or other accessory structure on a residential property

Development Services News

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City of Asheville staff invite community to Noise Ordinance revisions update

    Learn about data collected through extensive public process and next steps    As Asheville continues to develop and grow, the City has recognized the need to revisit and update the current municipal Noise Ordinance. Led by the Development Services Department, City staff have conducted extensive public engagement efforts this year.    The public process included outreach to neighborhood groups, the [...]

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Development Services Permit Application Center recently remodeled

  If you have been to the Public Works building recently you likely noticed some changes. The Development Services Permit Application Center (PAC) lobby has gone through a complete remodel to better serve customers and improve efficiency in this work space. Improvements for customers and staff include: Creation of two self-serve kiosks where customers can access DSD’s online services [...]

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Asheville residents can find information about upcoming development with new online notification tool  

  In a time of development and growth, Asheville residents have asked how they can stay better informed about upcoming projects. We heard you and are pleased to roll out a new online tool residents can use to stay informed about upcoming development such as major subdivisions, apartment complexes, retail establishments and hotels. The site contains specific [...]