Permits & Applications

The Planning and Zoning Department regulates and permits a wide variety of activities within the City of Brevard. Please see the basic information below regarding the hows, whats, and whys of general permitting processes in the city. To download applications for the various permitted activities, visit the Applications and Forms page.

NOTE: The City does not handle permits or inspections for North Carolina Building Code. The Transylvania County Building Permitting and Enforcement Department fills this role for the entire county, including inside the corporate limits of Brevard and Rosman.

When a Permit is Needed

The following activities within the City of Brevard;s zoning jurisdiction require permit approval:

  • New business locating to the city
  • Existing businesses relocating to a new location
  • Existing businesses undergoing physical expansion within the same location
  • Remodeling, renovation, or other physical alteration of an existing structure
  • The placement of any signage
  • Special events
  • Temporary or mobile vendors
  • The closure of any street or sidewalk

A permit is required for a variety of reasons to protect public safety and quality of life:

  • To ensure that proposed businesses are legally allowable in the proposed location
  • To ensure that structural alterations are safe and compliant with the city's requirements
  • To protect the integrity of the city's utility system