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"We work to strengthen our collective well-being by making Salisbury a great place to live and work. We help to stimulate economic growth, build great neighborhoods, create good jobs, and preserve our natural and cultural resources."

- the Community Planning Services team

Community Planning Services manages the day-to-day and long-range growth and development of Salisbury. Under the direction of the City Manager, the department works with citizens and our partners to develop and enforce a variety of city-wide and special area plans meant to ensure an orderly and deliberate pattern of development that protects and strengthens our quality of life.

Community Planning Services includes two divisions: the Development and Code Services division, as well as the Planning Services division.


This division provides citizens, builders and developers  with permitting and licensing services through planning, zoning, inspections, and business licensing. It also enforces the codes of the City of Salisbury and ensures that our community is visually appealing, clean and safe.

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This division is responsible for the current and long-range planning functions of the city. These functions include designing for public spaces, Community Appearance Commission initiatives, Historic Preservation Commission efforts, and community development.

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Code Services:
Development Services:
Planning Services:

Mailing Address:

PO Box 479
Salisbury, NC 28145


132 N. Main St.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Administration: (704) 638-5240


On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an initial allocation of $168,950.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to Salisbury to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (CDBG-CV) through the CARES Act. HUD requires that the City receive public comment, prepare an Action Plan Amendment that documents the proposed use of funds, and publish it for additional public input. Proposals must be consistent with the objectives and requirements of the funding program. For the CDBG Program, the primary objective of the program is the development of viable communities by the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income. More information on the CDBG Program is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are eligible sub-recipients of the funding?

Public service agencies, not for profits, for profits, and businesses that are American owned and operated within the Salisbury City limits who help assist in developing the City of Salisbury by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income persons within our community.

What are some examples of eligible activities that can be funded?

Eligible activities must assist the City in meeting the goals of the FY2015-19 current Consolidated Plan as well as the CDBG Program National Objectives. The goals and objectives are outlined below:
  • Owner occupied units
    The objective is to create a suitable, decent living environment that is safe, affordable and sustainable for low to moderate income residents of the City of Salisbury.
  • Emergency Rehabilitation
    The goal of emergency rehabilitation is to meet the emergency need of residents to provide decent housing
  • Acquisition/Rehab/Resale
    Purchase of vacant/abandoned property, rehabilitating and reselling to low- moderate income families.
  • Public Improvements & Infrastructure
    Providing improvements and updates to aging infrastructure.
  • Public Services
    Partnering with Public Service agencies that provide, assist, and meet specific needs of City of Salisbury residents.
  • Down Payment Assistance
    Assistance for low to moderate first-time buyers with down payment.

The authorizing statute of the CDBG program requires that each activity funded except for program administration and planning activities must meet one of the three national objectives. The three national objectives are:

  • Benefit low- to moderate- income (LMI) persons
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight and;
  • Meeting a need having a particular urgency (referred to as urgent need)

What is the process and timeline for dispersing the funds?

Project proposals will be accepted through May 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm. This is a competitive application process for limited funding. Applicants that meet the minimum criteria are not guaranteed an award and those that are successful may be funded for less than the amount requested. A selection committee will review all applications to ensure that project proposals are beneficial to meeting the goals outlined in the City’s Consolidated and Action Plans (see rating criteria below). After review, funding recommendations will be made to City Council. No contracts can be executed until project/program approval has been received and approved by the Mayor and City Council.

Below is the anticipated timeline for getting initial CDBG-CV funds allocated from the CARES Act into the community.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Conduct Public Hearing – City Council Meeting
Friday, May 22, 2020 Deadline for Sub-Recipient Applications
Thursday, May 14, 2020 Draft Amendment Published; beginning 5-day public comment
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 City Council Meeting. Presentation of Draft Plan Amendment with a request that Council consider approval.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Submission of Plan Amendment to HUD
June/July 2020 Finalize Contracts with approved Sub-Recipients

How will applications be evaluated?

A selection committee will review applications according to the rubric outlined below to inform a recommendation. Final decisions will be rendered by the City Council.

Rating Factors Maximum Points
Project overview, soundness of approach and quality of proposed program/project in relation to the identified need 20
Strategy to assist the community in addressing an identified need and meeting objectives 20
Capacity of the applicant, relevant organizational experience, and past performance 20
Cost effectiveness, leveraging funding, and sustainability 25
Other – Overall impression and completion of all materials required 15
Total 100

How can I give input into how the funds are used?

Public Comment

A public hearing will be held by the Salisbury City Council on May 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm. Please note the City is operating under a State of Emergency declaration related to the spread of COVID-19. In order to remain consistent with limiting physical interactions and the potential spread of COVID-19 all City Council meetings will be held electronically until further notice. The meeting will be streamed live at and on the City’s Twitter account. Anyone who wishes to speak during public comment must sign-up by 5:00 p.m. on May 5, 2020 by contacting Kelly Baker at or (704) 638-5233.

Written Comment

Written comments received by 5:00 p.m. on May 5, 2020 will be entered into the record. Written comments can be directed to Candace Edwards with the subject line CDBG-CV at or submitted via this online form. Please limit written comments to less than 750 words.

How can I apply for funding?

Interested applicants, please use the link below to complete the can fill out an online application by May 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Online Application

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Permits are often required for new buildings, additions, residential work, renovations, electrical systems, plumbing systems and HVAC.

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Report an Issue

Citizens can log into the City of Salisbury's web application at to submit requests and complaints regarding issues such as missing road signs, pot holes, abandoned vehicles, city code infractions, illegal dumping, environmental health issues, ADA/accessibility, etc..

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What is Code Services?

Our mission and purpose is to enforce the codes of the City of Salisbury and improve the quality of life within our community through ensuring that our community is visually appealing, clean and safe.

Common Code Violations

File Upload (FTP)

Need to upload files directly to someone in Community Planning Services? Use this File Upload form. In addition, be sure to contact City staff so they know to expect the file. Don't know who to contact? Check our Meet the Team page.

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Apply for grant money? 

Certain residential and commercial properties are eligible for assistance through a variety of programs and resources available through the City and our partners. Please visit our grant applications page to learn more.

Register a business? 

To register a business, submit a Certificate of Registration (COR) application to the Development Services. Development Services is located on the first floor of the City Office Building at 132 North Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144. Or, please contact Development Services staff directly by calling (704) 638-5208 or by emailing

Apply for a permit?

Many construction and home improvement projects require city and county permits before work may begin. To learn more information about zoning, building, and sign permits, please visit our permits page.

Find out if my property is in a Local Historic District?

You can visit our Historic Preservation page to review maps of Salisbury’s historic districts. If you own property within a local historic district, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) may be required from Development Services staff or the Historic Preservation Commission before making any minor alterations or major changes to the exterior of the structure or to the landscape.

Get permission to alter my historic property?

If you own property in one of Salisbury’s five Local Historic Districts, you may be required to obtain approval for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from Development Services staff or the Historic Preservation Commission before making any minor alterations or major changes to the exterior of the structure or to the landscape.

Checkout the City's building and construction ordinances?

Before starting construction in the City of Salisbury, check out the Land Development Ordinance to see what policies might apply to your project.

Check my setback requirements?

Setback requirements can be reviewed in Chapter 5.16 of the Land Development Ordinance.

Access the City Zoning Map?

The City of Salisbury's zoning map is provided by the GIS division of Engineering department.

Learn more about the Plan Review process?

The following items must be submitted for a Plan Review:

Contact Code Enforcement?

If you would like to contact Code Enforcement staff directly, please call (704) 216-7559 or email

Learn more about water and sewer information?

If you would like to inquire about the cost or availability of water and sewer services, or need to get a lateral transfer, please contact Development Services staff directly by calling (704) 638-5208 or by emailing

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