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Department of Planning and Zoning
The Department of Planning and Inspections serves to protect the safety and welfare of the public and enhance the general quality of life for the citizens of North Wilkesboro. We provide quality planning, permitting, and inspection services through an efficient, professional, and courteous public process.

The department serves three primary functions:
  1. Work to develop goals and objectives relating to land use and future growth for the town. The goals and objectives typically take the form of specific policies that are formally adopted by the Town Board and are encapsulated in the 25-year Comprehensive Plan. The staff works hard to coordinate citizen concerns into growth policy through open and transparent public processes.
  2. Enforce land use development and building polices that are adopted by the Town Board; including, but not limited to, zoning and building inspections. Zoning is regulated and enforced throughout the town and the ETJ by this department. Building inspections are enforced throughout the town by this department. However, all building inspections in the ETJ are conducted through Wilkes County Building Inspections and can be contacted at 336-651-7303.
  3. Serve as staff to the:

    Planning Board - This board is appointed by the Town Board and is primarily responsible for recommending policies, conducting special studies, updating the Comprehensive Plan, and reviewing rezoning and conditional use applications. There are currently 12 members to the planning board; 8 in-town members and 4 ETJ representatives. This board is a "recommending board" whose decisions can be appealed by the Town Board.

    Zoning Board of Adjustment - This appeal board is responsible for:

    a) Hearing variance cases,
    b) Issuing conditional use permits, and
    c) Interpreting decisions from Planning and Inspections staff.

    The Zoning Board of Adjustment is composed of 5 members and 2 alternates; all of whom sit on the Planning Board. This board is a "quasi-judicial" board whose decisions can only be appealed by the Superior Court of Wilkes County.

Contacts: Planning & Community Development Director :
Samuel G. Hinnant
(336) 667-7129 ext. 3011

Building Inspector :
Curt Hayes
(336) 667-7129 ext. 3009


Article I: Authority and Purpose (62.83 kb)
Article II: Applicability of Ordinance (20.12 kb)
Article III: Administration (75.49 kb)
Article IV: Enforcement and Penalties (104.97 kb)
Article IX. Landscaping, Fences, and Walls (110.37 kb)
Article V. Rules of Construction, Interpretation, and Definitions (439.86 kb)
Article VI. Zoning Districts (441.39 kb)
Article VII: General Regulations (90.11 kb)
Article VIII. Design Standards (162.34 kb)
Article X. Signage (142.89 kb)
Article XI. Additional Conditions for Certain Uses (264 kb)
Buildings and Minimum Housing (261.03 kb)
Subdivisions (354.71 kb)
Wireless Communications Ordinance (178.84 kb)
Zoning Ordinance Table of Contents (170.72 kb)

Applications and Petitions

Rezoning Application (87.6 kb)
Rezoning Protest Petition (75.06 kb)
Sign Permit Application (92.3 kb)
Street Closing Petition (74.46 kb)
Voluntary Annexation Petition (70.91 kb)
Zoning Permit Application (70.82 kb)
Zoning/Municipal Code Complaint Form (61.04 kb)


All maps viewed on this website are subject to change and are for informational purposes only. Please contact the Department of Planning and Zoning for verification.

Existing Land Use, 2006 (111.6 kb)
Zoning Map 2012 (1.6 mb)

25 Year Comprehensive Plan

This is truly an exciting time for the Town of North Wilkesboro. As the Town embarks into the 21st century, there are formidable tasks that lie ahead for the Town as its citizens are asking: “What sort of place do we want to be in 25 years?” Whereas all of the residents can certainly agree on what circumstances brought the Town to where it is today, there is the resounding question of where the Town will be tomorrow and how will it get there.

What the residents also agree upon is the desire to be in a community that is safe, clean and attractive, affordable, offers bountiful recreation opportunities and provides convenient access to shopping, jobs and other community services. However, what is lacking in many instances is a “guiding light” that can make all of the above-mentioned desires a reality. In many cases, individuals and groups approach these issues in a haphazard fashion with little coordination. This comprehensive plan will provide that guidance by forging all the concerns and desires of the community into a tactful, methodological process. This plan analyzes current conditions and issues facing the Town in an effort to address items that can be improved upon. It addresses how the Town will respond to State and Federal projects having a direct impact on North Wilkesboro and its surrounding area. Developed by input from citizen groups, community visioning meetings, multi-jurisdictional planning outfits, and other interested parties, this 25-year plan focuses on specific goals and the necessary steps to achieve them over the long term.

The North Wilkesboro 25-Year Comprehensive Plan process was born from both a cumulative effort of existing planning committees and local input from citizens using a myriad of data collection methods. Derived from these efforts, the following key themes were identified as being the core of this plan:

  • Population and Economy
  • Land Use and Development
  • Community Facilities and Infrastructure
  • Environmental Resources

  • This plan is the town’s first comprehensive attempt at putting a growth management strategy in writing. As more traditional industries are moving out of the area due to regional and national employment trends, the town believes that a comprehensive growth plan is needed to aid in the transition to a new type of economy; an economy that directly influences varying and new types of residential, commercial, and industrial land uses.

    Using a community-based planning process has provided opportunities for both key stakeholders and the local community members to come together and share ideas of their vision of the Town in the future. This plan reflects this desire to create a better future for the Town and the next generation of citizens who will call it home.

    Download the Comprehensive Plan

    25 Year Comprehensive Plan (289 kb)

    Download the Appendices

    N. Wilkesboro Location (Map) (77.4 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro and Surrounding Area (Map) (1.57 mb)
    N. Wilkesboro Zoning Classification (Map) (463.5 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro Existing Land Use (Map) (111.62 kb)
    In-Town Land Use by Acre and Number of Parcels (64.15 kb)
    In-Town and ETJ Land Use by Acre and Number of Parcels (65.32 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro Developable Land (Map) (220.31 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro Wastewater Infrastructure (Map) (188.84 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro Flood Control Infrastructure (Map) (1.02 mb)
    N. Wilkesboro Road Infrastructure (Map) (946.73 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro Parks and Recreation Facilities (Map) (174.24 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro River Systems and Watershed Protection Areas (Map) (175.05 kb)
    Floodable Areas (Map) (131.68 kb)
    Permitted Air Quality Sites (Map) (162.22 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro Soil Classifications (Map) (1.34 mb)
    N. Wilkesboro Highly Erodable Soils (Map) (1.16 mb)
    N. Wilkesboro Septic Tank Suitability (Map) (167.2 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro Developable Areas Based on Slope (Map) (227.95 kb)
    Areas of Cultural Significance (105.86 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro Historic Structures Inventory (21.16 kb)
    N. Wilkesboro Historic Structures Inventory (Map) (182.95 kb)
    Future Land Use (Map) (739.87 kb)
    Visioning Session Results (130.38 kb)

    Development Procedures

    New Construction on Existing Vacant Lot Requiring Rezoning or Conditional Use Permit (114.58 kb)
    New Construction on Existing Vacant Lot with Appropriate Zoning (104 kb)

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