Planning & Inspections

UPDATED 3/5/2021 8:20 a.m.

Due to health concerns associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and efforts to limit possible transmission, the Planning and Inspections office is temporarily closed to the public.  Though our office is closed to customers, the Department remains in operation at a reduced capacity as follows:

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday; 8 am – 5 pm

Temporary Outdoor Dining Resources 

Temporary Outdoor Dining Guidance (Revised 11/17/2020)

Town of Boone Encroachment Agreement for Temporary Outdoor Dining


  • FormsApplication forms may be accessed online (on this page) or you can call our main line (828-268-6960) and ask that we either mail or email you a copy of the form.
  • Submittals. Applicants can submit applications by mail (see mailing address below), by email at or by dropping off all paperwork (except payment) in the Downtown Post Office lobby at 680 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607.   See Instructions for Drop Off below.
  • Instructions For Drop Off.  A drop-off box for plans and a separate drop-off window for application paperwork will be available to the right side (as you face the teller window) of the Post Office lobby.   Look for signs and directions.  We ask that plans or paperwork only be dropped off between the hours of 8 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday.  Please press the doorbell located on the dropbox to notify Staff that paperwork has been submitted.   Please note doorbell is for notification only.
  • Please do not submit payments through the drop-off in the Post Office lobby.  All applications processed during this time will be invoiced and should be paid prior to the issuance of the permit or the final inspection (depending on the permit).  See more information on payments below.

Payments.  For security purposes, all payments should be mailed in (see mailing address below) or dropped off at the secure drop-off box on the side of Town Hall (567 West King Street).  This drop-off box is located at the side of the building near the front.  Please be sure to mark all payments with your permit number or project name.  Payment shall be due prior to the end of the project – contact your Project Manager for more details.

Inspections.   We ask that all property owners and contractors notify our Staff if anyone on site has an illness in order for special arrangements to be made for the requested inspection.  For Inspection/Site Visit protocol please use the link below:

Inspection/Site Visit Protocol, Updated 5/28/2020

Development Related Meetings.  Any meeting with applicants will be scheduled as a teleconference through the Planning and Inspections project manager for the case.   Please call (828) 268-6960 for more information.

Board Meetings and Public Hearings.   All meetings at this time are being held remotely via Webex, a video conferencing software.   For information on how to participate in an upcoming meeting, please call the Planning and Inspections Department at 828-268-6960 for more information.  

     2021 Board Schedule (PDF-118 kb)

All Other BusinessWhile the Planning and Inspections Department expects to continue to review plans, issue permits, and handle all other business as normal, please expect there to be delays during this time period.

Mailing Address. Town of Boone Planning and Inspections Department, 680 West King Street, Suite C, Boone, North Carolina 28607

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.



Planning and Inspections Fee Schedule


ABC Compliance Inspection Application

At-Risk Special Footing/Foundation/Slab Building Permit Application

Commercial & Multi-Family Building Permit Application

Demolition/Moving Permit Application

Equipment Change/New Building Permit

Manufactured Home in Park Permit Application

Renovation & Repair Small Project Work Building Permit Application

Single-Family & Two-Family (Use 1.06) Building Permit Application

Permanent Sign Permit Application

Temporary Construction Trailer Permit Application

Contractor License Check and Regulation Form

Exempt General Contractor License Check and Regulation Form (Project Cost Under $30,000.00)

Owner Exemption Affidavit

Temporary Power Request


Commercial/Multi-Family Zoning Permit Application

Home Occupation Application

Neighborhood Conservation District Residential Parking Registration Form

Pavement Sealant Permit Application

Qualifying Small Wireless Facility Zoning Permit Application

Single-Family &Two-Family (Use 1.06) Zoning Permit Application

Wireless Communication Facility Zoning Permit Application

Zoning Confirmation Application

Financial Responsibility Ownership Form


Exempt Plat Application

Minor Subdivision Application


Notice of Appeal

Special Use Permit Application

Variance Application

Wireless Communication Facility Special Use Permit Application


General Use Zoning Map Amendment Application

Conditional District Zoning Map Amendment Application


Permit Application Report

     Week of April 5th

     Week of March 22nd

     Week of March 15th

     Week of March 8th

     Week of March 1st

Ordinances, Plans & Studies

     Unified Development Ordinances

     2006 Comprehensive Plan Update, Revised July 19, 2018 (PDF – 800kb)

     Urban Forestry Management Plan (PDF – 1.51MB)

     Urban Forestry Management Plan Appendices (PDF – 8.21MB)

     West Downtown Alive Plan (PDF – 967 kb)

     Wellness District Small Area Plan-August 2015 (PDF – 3419 KB)

     2007 Smart Growth Audit (PDF – 3.5MB)

     Draft Housing Analysis (PDF – 923kb)

     Housing Analysis Final Presentation (PDF – 1.73MB)

     Bike & Pedestrian Plan

     Watauga County Comprehensive Transportation Plan

     High Country Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

     Middle Fork Greenway Master Plan (Section 6 adopted by Boone Town Council on March 19, 2015)

     b. well Section Plan of the Middle Fork Greenway

Zoning Map & Overlays

     Zoning Map (PDF – 2.7MB)

     Viewshed Protection Map (PDF – 1.8MB)

     Interactive Zoning Map

Additional Development Resources

     2021 Board Schedule (PDF-118 kb)

     Board of Adjustment Rules of Procedure (PDF – 325kb)

Town of Boone Board of Adjustment Remote Meeting Guidance (PDF – 527kb)

     Roadway & Sidewalk Program Handbook (PDF – 777kb)

     Steep Slope Regulations Brochure (PDF – 2MB)

Helpful links

     Watch for Me NC

     High Country Home Builders Association

     The League of American Bicyclists

     Federal Emergency Management Association

     National Environmental Policy Act

     North Carolina Permitting Personnel Association












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