Urban Planning and Design – The City of Asheville


The Planning and Development Department provides strong and professional land use planning, zoning, urban planning and historic preservation services to create livable and sustainable neighborhoods for all. The department is committed to working with our community on its vision for equitable growth and development consistent with Asheville’s comprehensive plan.

We work for you!

The town hall is now open to the public but under certain conditions. The Urban Planning and Design and Community and Economic Development departments (5th floor of City Hall) are at limited staff capacity in the building and most staff continue to work remotely.

We encourage community members to continue to schedule remote meetings with staff or contact us by phone or email. Call our main line at (828) 259-5830 or view the Urban Planning and Design staff directory here.

If you visit us in person, you may experience delays due to limited staff availability and new security protocols. We follow best practices and guidelines for the health and safety of our staff and the public.

Employees and the public must maintain at least six feet of distance from each other at all times. Additionally, the capacity of most elevators in the city has been limited to one passenger at a time.

OPEN ONLINE FOR BUSINESSES: Click on here to access development-related online 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 on here for zoning-related services, such as zoning enforcement resources and zoning verification letters.

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS: Planning & Urban Design is responsible for several councils and commissions. Click on here or the tips and commissions tab at the top of the page for more information. Up-to-date information regarding the operations of all councils and commissions can be found here.

OTHER SERVICES: Check out the department’s other projects and initiatives by clicking on any of the tabs that interest you at the top of this page.

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


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