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City Hall is located at 95 West Main Street in downtown Brevard, on the same block as the CoEd Theatre and Harris Ace Hardware. There are two entrances: the one closer to Ace Hardware is used to access the public restrooms, City Council Chambers, and the Planning & Zoning Department (via the elevator), and the one closer to the post office is used to access the Administration Department, the Administrative Conference Room, and the Water Department's payment window.
You can look up the zoning of a piece of property by using the Transylvania County WebGIS. Simply search for the parcel by PIN, owner name, or by zooming and panning around the map. Click the parcel to bring up the Details window, scroll to the bottom to the see Brevard Zoning detail. If you have trouble or have questions about the specifics of the zoning district, you can call the Planning Department at 828-885-5630.
ETJ stands for "Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction" and is an area outside the City's corporate limits in which the City can exercise land use and zoning regulations. Statewide authority for municipal extraterritorial land use regulation was granted by the State Legislature in 1959. The maximum size of a city’s ETJ area is determined by its population. Brevard's extraterritorial area may extend up to one mile from the city limits since its population is less than 10,000, however it does not have to extend the full mile.
For more information, you can read the legal summary "Extraterritorial Jurisdiction for Planning and Development Regulation" from the UNC School of Government.
The City grants temporary closures of streets, on-street parking spaces, and sidewalks for a variety of things. Examples include a downtown business doing renovations needs to place a dumpster in a parallel parking space and the Memorial Day Parade. Any closure of a public area, such as the greenway, sidewalks, on-street parking spaces, and public streets, requires a permit from the City. There are also fees for these closures, which depend on what is closed and for how long. A permit application must be received by the City Planning Department at least 45 days in advance of the requested closure to allow for coordination between City departments and, if necessary, the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Call the Planning Department for more information or to request a permit application at 828-885-5630.
Effective July 1, 2015, privilege (business) licenses are no longer issued by the City of Brevard with the exception of a taxi business and a business that sells beer and/or wine. To obtain a license for a taxi business or for the sale of beer and/or wine, contact the City Clerk's Office at 828-885-5614.
For major construction and development projects, you can call the Planning Department at 828-885-5630 for basic information about what is being built. Keep in mind that construction for site preparation can begin before project specifics, such as tenants, have been determined.
Projection sign: One suspended or projection identification sign per business establishment, not to exceed eight square feet per side of sign up to a maximum of 16 square feet of aggregate surface area for the entire sign. Suspended or projection identification signs shall be located at the main entrance of the business.
Identification sign: One small business identification sign not to exceed 16 square feet in surface area. That sign may be located on the rear or side of the business.
Marquee signs: Theaters located within commercial districts shall be allowed a marquee with one or two copy sign surfaces. Total copy area allowance, for all sign surfaces, shall not exceed five square feet per linear foot of canopy with a maximum total height limit of no more than five feet at any point. A marquee shall not extend more than ten feet from the building nor be less than nine feet above the ground or sidewalk at the lowest point.
Menu reader board: Each drive-through restaurant establishment shall be allowed one menu reader board. Menu reader boards shall not be greater than 32 square feet in area or seven feet in height.
Building identification signs: Each building located in non-residential districts shall be permitted one building identification sign in lieu of allowable ground sign attached to the front of said building, or to the side of the building if the side faces on a street, alley, or other public right-of-way. Such building identification signs shall not exceed 32 square feet of aggregate surface area.
Political signs may not be posted more than 90 days prior to an election or primary.
Candidates must remove their signs within ten days after the election or primary.
Political signs must not constitute a traffic hazard or placed in the public right-of-way or easement or obstruct passages in any way.
1. Only one electronic display sign shall be permitted per parcel.2. Only one electronic display sign shall be permitted within any group development, planned development, or institutional campus.3. Electronic display signs shall display only non-moving text and images with changes alternating on not less than a five-second level, and shall display no scrolling, flashing, blinking, or otherwise moving message.4. Electronic display signs shall adhere to all other applicable wall or ground sign requirements of this chapter, as well as the lighting standards of Chapter 11 of this ordinance.
Business establishments located in the Times Arcade Alley may also be permitted to collectively place one such sign near the West Main Street alleyway entrance in the brick paved area, providing such a location does not pose a safety hazard and providing further that the sign is removed at the end of each day when the last business in the Times Arcade Alley closes.
Note: There are some exceptions for automobile sales dealers to allow for the attachment of small pennants, flags or balloons on antennas and/or twirl-ads on hoods/roofs. These devices shall not exceed two per vehicle and exceed three square feet in size.
Signs shall not be illuminated and shall not exceed one per parcel of land unless such land is located at an intersection of two streets; in such case, two signs shall be allowed, one facing each street.