The Planning and Development office answers questions concerning zoning matters, new and relocating business applications, 911 addressing, property uses, as well as building permits, building inspections, minimum housing and building codes. The Planning and Development office is also in charge of the Code Enforcement Section (Building Inspections Division) and works to insure that all State Building Codes and local requirements are met. The Planning and Development Office is located on the first floor of City Hall, 1040 Roanoke Avenue and the phone number is (252)533-2844.
Downloads: Permit Applications, Zoning Map and the Land Use (Zoning) Ordinance - click here.
Online Permitting Portal Coming March 1st, 2023
Need Help with the OPENGOV online permitting portal?
For help with setting up an account or applying for a permit, we have tutorial videos named, "How to sign up tutorial" and "How to apply for a permit tutorial" available on the OPENGOV site. All three categories, "Permitting", "Land Use and Building Occupancy Permits" and "Help, Links, Guides & Other Information" have these tutorial videos located at the top of the page to assist with account creation and permit applications. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Planning & Development Department office at 252-533-2844.
Zoning Districts and Zoning Map
In order to achieve the purposes of the Land Use Ordinance, all property within the planning jurisdiction of Roanoke Rapids is divided into zoning district classifications: residential, commercial, and industrial. Amendments (changes) to the Official Zoning Map are accomplished using legislative procedures described in the Land Use Ordinance. For information about the process of rezoning, please see "A Citizen's Guide to the Rezoning Process" located under permit downloads.
The Code Enforcement Staff is available to respond to questions concerning:
- the issuance of building permits
- electrical permits
- plumbing permits
- mechanical permits
- minimum housing code requirements
- building inspections
- occupancy permits
- construction plan review
- junk cars
- building codes and related matters
Office Hours are Monday through Friday: 8:30AM to 5:00 PM Phone: (252) 533-2844.
The Roanoke Rapids' Fair Housing Policy establishes a procedure for handling complaints concerning housing discrimination at the local level. If any citizen experiences discrimination in housing because of race, color, sex, religion, handicap, familial status, or national origin, they may contact the Director of Planning and Development at (252) 533-2844. Any individual wishing TDD assistance may call 911 and indicate the need for TDD assistance, and the city will then arrange such assistance. Complaints will be reviewed and forwarded to the North Carolina Human Relations Commission in Raleigh (Phone: 919-807-4420; 866-324-7474; or Relay North Carolina TT# 800-735-2962) for further review and conciliation. For more information, please review the City's Fair Housing Complaint Procedure Document available under "Permits"