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The Land and Development Department was created to more effectively and efficiently manage the city’s increase in development, plan review and zoning applications. The department will lead and enhance land development by promoting creative solutions to encourage quality growth as prioritized by City Council.

This department reviews, approves, and permits private development and annexation applications, including major and minor site plans for residential and commercial development. Land and Development also includes administration, interpretation, and enforcement of land development ordinances, as well as preparing ordinances and legislation for land use and zoning matters. Staff collaborate with City Council, the development community, and city staff on strategies to manage growth effectively.

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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


Phone: (704) 638-5208

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Mapping and location data analysis for departments within the City.

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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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An interactive map for Salisbury, NC zoning information. Search for zoning and parcel information

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Does the City provide water/sewer to me? Find out by checking a property address in this map.

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Land and Development Services issues permits for NEW water/sewer taps for Salisbury, as well as Spencer, East Spencer, China Grove, Rockwell, Granite Quarry, and portions of Rowan County. Please call One-Stop (704) 638-5208 for fees and information.

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How do I ...

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 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 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 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 Land and Development Services staff directly by calling (704) 638-5208 or by emailing

Boards and Commissions

Alternate Methods of Design Commission

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Board of Adjustment

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Historic Preservation Commission

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Planning Board

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