The Cabarrus County Development Ordinance is available online and applies to all properties in unincorporated Cabarrus County. If your property is in one of the municipalities or in the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction area for one of the municipalities, you will need to visit their web site for the applicable development regulations.
The Cabarrus County GIS Site allows you to search property records by owner name, address, or Parcel Identification Number (PIN). Basic information about the property shows in the Property Data display. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this display screen for jurisdiction and zoning information. The site also has various digital data displays. Access the data by clicking Explore Data at the top of the screen. Then use the radio button next to the data to toggle the data on and off.
Yes. A plot plan or diagram of your property, along with the proposed improvements, must be submitted to show that the applicable standards for property development can be met. Setbacks, impervious area, required waterbody buffers, watershed standards and floodplain development standards are all reviewed based on the plot plan and information submitted.
Setbacks are determined from the existing or proposed road right-of-way for the property. Existing road rights-of-way are available on the Cabarrus County GIS Site and can be measured using the measuring tool. Proposed rights-of-way are identified in the Cabarrus Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization CTP Index. Be sure to check both resources when designing your site! Keep in mind that the right-of-way area typically extends beyond the paved area for existing roads. The edge of the pavement is rarely the edge of the right-of-way.
Yes. CHA approval is required for new systems prior to zoning permits being issued. CHA also makes site visits to check the location of existing systems to ensure proposed development projects will not impact existing systems or, in some cases, to make sure existing system capacity will support the proposed development project. Proposed development projects include items such as pools, additions, accessory buildings, accessory dwelling units and new construction. See the Septic System Site Evaluation site for additional information.
Yes. The Cabarrus County Development Ordinance establishes maximum impervious standards based on the zoning designation and in some cases, the location of the property. See Chapter 5 for additional information. If the property is in the regulated watershed area, additional development standards related to impervious area in Chapter 4 apply.
Yes. The Cabarrus County Development Ordinance establishes maximum height standards related to the zoning designation of the property. See Chapter 5 for additional information.
Yes. Zoning permits are required to make sure that the proposed structures and site meet the applicable development standards. See Chapter 5 and Chapter 7 of the Cabarrus County Development Ordinance for additional information related to accessory structures. Building permits may be needed as well depending on the size of the structure.
Yes. Zoning permits are required to make sure that the structures meet the applicable setback and development standards. See Chapter 5 and Chapter 7 of the Cabarrus County Development Ordinance for additional information related to pools.
Maybe. The Cabarrus County Development Ordinance does include allowances for accessory dwelling units to be constructed accessory to an existing primary structure if certain development standards are met. See Chapter 7 for additional information.
No. A permit is not required. However, there are height restrictions for fences depending on placement on the property. See Chapter 6 of the Cabarrus County Development Ordinance for additional information.
Zoning affects every structure and land use throughout Cabarrus County. Accordingly, no structure shall be erected, reconstructed, moved or structurally altered, nor shall any structure or land be used except in compliance with both the general and any other applicable regulations of the Cabarrus County Development Ordinance . Use of a property where the Ordinance prohibits such use and/or where proper approvals have not been secured from the County is a violation of the ordinance.
A Notice of Violation means that a violation of the Cabarrus County Development Ordinance has been documented on your property. The NOV typically outlines steps for achieving compliance. It also includes contact information for the staff member processing the NOV. If you have questions about the NOV or how to achieve compliance, contact the named staff member.
Yes. Complaints can be called in to 704-920-2141.
No. Zoning Staff only enforces the Cabarrus County Development Ordinance which is adopted by the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners.
Maybe. Home Occupation Permit eligibility is based on the zoning designation of the property and meeting outlined development standards. Cabarrus County offers two different types of Home Occupation Permits, General and Rural. See Chapter 7 of the Cabarrus County Development Ordinance for additional information related to Home Occupations.
Cabarrus County does not have a tall grass ordinance or tall grass regulations due to the rural nature of the county.
No. RVs are intended and constructed to be used as temporary housing. Temporary occupancy of RVs is only permitted in designated areas, like campground facilities or manufactured home parks designed with county approved RV spaces.
No. Junk vehicles are not permitted in any zoning district. Junk vehicles are only allowed as part of a properly permitted business where junk vehicles are part of the business.