Special Use Permit


A Special Use Permit is required when the project because of its inherent nature, extent and external effects, requires special care in the control of its location, design, and methods of operating in order to ensure protection of the public health, safety and welfare. The Town Board of Adjustment issues this permit after an advertised public hearing.

This is a brief explanation of the procedure for obtaining a special use permit. Generally, it is desirable that the applicant schedules a meeting with Department Staff prior to proceeding with the preparation of plans for the project. At this meeting a general explanation of the project can be presented to staff. The Department of Planning & Inspections will provide any information that may be available regarding the property as it relates to the proposed development. This may include special conditions related to the property such as special flood hazard area impacts, watershed regulations, corridor overlay districts, regulations due to the topography of the property, need for a traffic impact study or other concerns related to the development as proposed.

Staff will provide information regarding the conduct of the Board of Adjustment hearing. Staff will also be able to respond to questions regarding the provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance. Information required for a complete application will be reviewed and a complete package of information that includes permit applications, fee schedule, and checklist of required information will be given to the applicant. This information may also be obtained by following the links below.

When the application is ready, an appointment should be made to submit the application. Appointments are scheduled for the Wednesday morning before the deadline for Board of Adjustment applications and may be made by contacting the Planning & Inspections Department at 828-268-6960.


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