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CONTACT:

Department of Planning, Permitting
& Development

Human Services Building
1834 Lakeside Dr.
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-2073

Office Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm


RESOURCES:

Inspections:

Planning:

Environmental Services:

Municipalities:

Utilities:

 

Macon County • Department of Planning, Permitting & Development

Planning Section
Checklist for Development in Macon County

(download a copy of this document in PDF format by clicking here)

THE PLANNING STAGE

If your property lies within the city limits/ETJ of Franklin or Highlands, zoning restrictions may apply to the property. If your property lies outside the municipal areas of Franklin and Highlands, the following questions should be answered prior to development:

  1. Are you Subdividing Land? A "subdivision" as defined by the Macon County Subdivision Ordinance means all divisions of a tract or parcel of land into two or more lots, building sites, or other divisions for the purpose of sale or building development.

    a. If you plan on subdividing your property, the subdivision administrator should be consulted in the beginning stages. This will ensure that the regulations set forth in the subdivision ordinance are followed, and any complications resulting from neglect of the ordinance are prevented.

    b. Contact the Subdivision Administrator at (828) 349-2170 or email the County Planner for questions regarding subdivisions/subdivision ordinance.

  2. Does your property lie in a regulated area?

    a. Special Flood Hazard Area
    b. Watershed District

    i. Development restrictions may apply in these areas.
    ii. Contact the Planning Department at (828) 349-2560 for questions regarding Special Flood Hazard Area/ Watershed Districts.

  3. What about Well and Septic? Macon County regulates private drinking water wells and on-site wastewater. Prior to developing your property the proper permits will be required from the Macon County Environmental Health Department (828) 349-2490/ (828) 349-2592.

THE PERMITTING STAGE

The following steps should be taken when acquiring permits for your land.

Step 1: Subdivision Ordinance

  • Contact the Macon County Planning Department at (828) 349-2170 to inquire about Subdivision Ordinance Requirements.

    Information you should have before you call:

  • Property Location
  • Sketch Plan or Survey of Proposed subdivision
  • Subdivision ordinance can be viewed by following this link.

Step 2: Sedimentation and Erosion Control

  • Contact Macon County Environmental Services at (828) 349-2560 to inquire about permit and plan requirements.

    Information you should have before you call:
  • The property's location.
  • Number of acres to be disturbed
    Request the following:
  • Land Disturbance Application
    If you are constructing new roads and/or disturbing land that amounts *to less than ½ acre, please call the Erosion Control Office to request information regarding maximum road grades and groundcover specifications.*Still requires permit

Step 3: Streams and Wetlands

If disturbing streams or wetlands:

Step 4: Well and Septic

For any information regarding well and septic application/permitting processes, click on the following links for step by step instructions.

Step 5: Zoning and other Development Permits

If property is located in the Town of Franklin or Town of Highlands areas,

  • Obtain zoning permits as well as any other permits as required by the respective jurisdiction. If property is located in a floodplain or County Watershed
  • Obtain permit applications for Watershed and/or Floodplain Development from the Inspections Office. If you have questions regarding the Watershed or Floodplain, call the Environmental Services office at (828) 349-2170.

Step 6: Building Permit
Apply for a building permit from Macon County Inspections (828) 349-2073 at 1834 Lakeside Drive in the Macon County Human Services Building (fee involved).

Information you should have regarding the property and the proposed structure before applying at Inspections:

MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOME

  • The property's parcel identification number (PIN)
  • Location Information
  • Site Plan
  • Address (if applicable)
  • The property's lot number if in a Subdivision or Park
  • The home's manufacturer
  • The home's year built
  • The home's model number
  • The home's box size
  • The home's base cost
  • The name of the gas subcontractor and NC License # (if applicable)
  • The name of the electrical subcontractor and NC License #
  • The name of the plumbing subcontractor and NC License #
  • The name of the mechanical subcontractor and NC License # (if applicable)
  • The name of the setup contractor who will place the home
  • Sewage approval from appropriate municipal supplier or Environmental Health
  • Water approval from the appropriate municipal supplier (if applicable)

RESIDENTIAL HOME (stick built or modular)

  • The property's parcel identification number (PIN)
  • Location Information
  • Third party approval (modular)
  • Site Plan
  • Address (if applicable)
  • The home's type of heat
  • A full set of building plans
  • The name of the building contractor and NC License # , (if bonded contractor is setting a modular home, bring bond)
  • The name of the gas subcontractor and NC License # (if applicable)
  • The name of the electrical subcontractor and NC License #
  • The name of the plumbing subcontractor and NC License #
  • The name of the mechanical subcontractor and NC License #
  • Sewage approval from appropriate municipal supplier or Environmental Health
  • Water approval from appropriate municipal supplier (if applicable)

COMMERCIAL

  • The property's parcel identification number (PIN)
  • Address (if applicable)
  • A full set of building plans with Appendix B
  • A site plan
  • The name of the gas subcontractor and NC License # (if applicable)
  • The name of the building contractor and NC License #
  • The name of the electrical subcontractor and NC License #
  • The name of the plumbing subcontractor and NC License #
  • The name of the mechanical subcontractor and NC License #
  • Sewage approval from appropriate municipal supplier or Environmental Health
  • Water approval from appropriate municipal supplier (if applicable)

Building Application Questions?

Contact Building Office:
Tina Wiggins - (828) 349-2073 Email
Jessica Seymour - (828) 349-2072 Email

Subdivision Questions?

Contact County Planning Office: (828) 349-2170
Jack Morgan - Macon County Planner - Email

Does your property lie in a Flood Hazard area or Watershed District?

Click here for GIS Mapping or contact Macon County Land Records: (828) 349-2190
Wesley Hall - Data Processing - Email

For information regarding private drinking water wells and on-site wastewater systems visit the Environmental Health Department.

Contact Environmental Health: (828) 349-2491
Kyle Jennings - Email

Sedimentation or Erosion Control questions?

Contact Sedimentation and Erosion Control: (828) 349-2170
Jack Morgan - Environmental Services Supervisor - Email

Ready to record your property?

Contact Register of Deeds: (828) 349-2096
Todd Raby - Register of Deeds - Email

911 Addressing: (828) 349-2063
Angie Kinsland - Email

For building permit information visit the inspections department online -or-

Contact Building Inspections: (828) 349-2073
Bobby Bishop - Chief Building Officer - Email

Other relevant sites (click on title to be redirected to site):

North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors

North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors

North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

United States Department of Energy

Municipality Offices
Is your property located inside the city limits of Franklin or Highlands or their respective ETJs? If so, please feel free to visit their website or give them a call.

Town of Franklin • (828) 524-2516

Town of Highlands • (828) 526- 2118

Army Corps of Engineers

Visit the Army Corps of Engineers website for relevant information on disturbing streams and wetlands or call (202) 761-0011.

     
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