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The Zoning Division is responsible for current zoning activities and ordinance enforcement in the unincorporated areas of Cabarrus County.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Zoning permits are required to make sure that the structures meet the applicable setback and development standards. See Chapter 5 and Chapter 7 for additional information related to pools.
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 for additional information related to accessory structures. Building permits may also be needed, depending on the size of the structure.
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. 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 located in the regulated watershed area, additional development standards related to the impervious area in Chapter 4 apply.
Setbacks are determined from the existing or proposed road right-of-way for the property. Existing road right-of-ways are available on the Cabarrus County GIS Site and can be measured using the measuring tool. Proposed right-of-ways are identified in the Cabarrus Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization CTP Index. Be sure to check both these 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 projects include pools, structure additions, accessory buildings, accessory dwelling units and new construction. See the Septic System Site Evaluation site for additional information.
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 any other information submitted.
The Cabarrus County GIS Site allows you to search property records by owner name, address or parcel identification number (PIN). Basic information 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 to toggle the data on and off.
The Cabarrus County Development Ordinance is available online. The ordinance applies to all properties in unincorporated Cabarrus County. If your property is located in one of the municipalities or in the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) for one of the municipalities, you will need to visit their website for applicable development regulations.
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