What we do


The Planning and Urban Design Department provides sound, professional land use planning, zoning, urban design and historic preservation services to achieve livable and sustainable neighborhoods for everyone. The department is committed to collaborating with our community on its vision for equitable growth and development consistent with Asheville’s comprehensive plan.


COVID-19 Information


We’re Working for You!  

All departments within the City of Asheville are operating. In the Planning & Urban Design Department some staff are in the City’s Area Command and some are working remotely. Our department continues to work on City Council and community priorities. Zoning inspections and enforcement also continue even though our physical office is closed at City Hall. We are following best practices and guidelines for the health and safety of our staff and the public.

OPEN ONLINE FOR BUSINESS: Click here to access online development-related services, including paying fees, submitting a digital permit application, scheduling an inspection, and reporting a food truck. See other Related Services below for additional development services available to you.

ZONING SERVICES: Click here for zoning-related services, such as zoning enforcement resources and zoning verification letters.

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS: Planning & Urban Design is responsible for several boards and commissions. Click here or the boards and commissions tab at the top of the page for more information. Updated information regarding the operations of all boards and commissions can be found here.

OTHER SERVICES: Check up on other department projects and initiatives by clicking any of the tabs of your interest at the top of this page. 

While the office is closed, planning staff can be reached by phone and email. Call our main line at (828) 259-5830, or check out the Planning & Urban Design staff directory here.

This is an evolving situation. Our partners in Buncombe County are a great resource for the latest information on our community’s COVID-19 response.  To receive emergency texts directly from Buncombe County for breaking health and safety news text BCALERT on your smartphone to 888-777. Sign up for AVL Alerts online for information from the City of Asheville. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Planning and Urban Design News

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Asheville City Council to hold a work session on hotel moratorium

  Archived stream of the work session:   Original post: In September, Asheville City Council approved a temporary moratorium on the approval of new hotels, which means that no hotel development applications will be approved for a year. The purpose of the moratorium is to allow the City time to further study the issues surrounding tourism and assess the [...]

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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 — [...]

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City of Asheville to host a community conversation on hotel development

  In September, Asheville City Council approved a temporary moratorium on the approval of new hotels, which means that no hotel development applications will be approved for a year. The purpose of the moratorium is to allow the City time to further study the issues surrounding tourism and assess the impacts of hotel development, both real [...]