Zoning Administration

Design Manual

Zoning Questions? Email: zoning@nagsheadnc.gov

The Planning Department implements many of the Town’s long-range planning goals through the development and administration of zoning ordinances and other codes. Codes are designed to address environmental quality, the aesthetics and quality of the built environment, hazard mitigation, neighborhood preservation, resiliency, land use compatibility, and other goals. For most residential development, ordinances are administered and enforced through the regular permitting and inspections process.

For non-residential development, a development review process exists which requires project approval by the Town’s Planning Board and Board of Commissioners. In most cases, this involves review and approval of a site plan and/or special use permit. The Town has a Technical Review Committee consisting of members from various Town departments that will review and make recommendations on these projects based on the Town Code as well as other local, state, and federal requirements. Planning staff oversees the Committee’s review process, including coordination with the Planning Board and Board of Commissioners.

Staff also conducts special studies at the request of the Board of Commissioners and/or Planning Board related to special planning topic areas and provides recommendations on zoning map and text amendments. 

Finally, Planning staff processes Board of Adjustment (BOA) petitions for variances and appeals, updates the official zoning map, and provides interpretations of the Zoning Unified Development Ordinance and other Town Codes. Below is a link to submittal dates for applications to the Technical Review Committee as well as the Planning Board, Board of Commissioners, and Board of Adjustment. 

Planning Board

View the Planning Board’s agendas and minutes.

Board of Adjustment

View the Board of Adjustment agendas and minutes.

Recently Considered Applications - Board Reviewed

  • Special Use Permit/Change of Use Application submitted by Outer Banks Community Church to operate a Religious Complex within Croatan Center Shopping Center, Unit 12 (former Radio Shack). The property is zoned C-2, General Commercial and is located at 4711 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head NC. APPROVED - August 4, 2021 Board of Commissioners Meeting
  • SED-80 Zoning District Site Plan for 468 W. Villa Dunes Drive required by the requested removal of trees greater than 16” in caliper. APPROVED - August 4, 2021 Board of Commissioners Meeting

Pending Applications - Board Reviewed

  • Sketch Plan Review submitted by Quible & Associates, P.C. on behalf of Erik Dorn for the construction of a Cottage Court consisting of 3 dwellings and a commercial structure/use.  The property is zoned C-2, General Commercial and is located at 3006 S. Virginia Dare Trail. Next Meeting: TBD (Sketch Plan reviewed at August 17, 2021 Planning Board Meeting)
  • Conditional Use Permit for Multiple Principal Uses (Furniture Store and Contractor's Office) to be located at 205 Baltic Street. Next Meeting: TBD; continuance to October 19, 2021 Planning Board meeting requested