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/Site Plan Review submitted by Michael Strader, P.E. of Quible & Associates, P.C. for the construction of a Trade Center.  The property is zoned C-3, Commercial Services and is located on Lot 2a of the Charles L. Sineath Subdivision (PIN# 989317113533), vacant lot directly behind TW’s Bait and Tackle. APPROVED – November 2, 2022 Board of Commissioners Meeting
  • Special Use/Site Plan Review submitted by the Town of Nags Head for the redesign and construction of various Public Works facilities as a result of the Public Services Facilities Master Plan.  The properties involved are zoned C-3, Commercial Services and located at 2110 S. Pond Avenue and 2200 S. Lark Avenue.  APPROVED – November 2, 2022 Board of Commissioners Meeting
  • Special Use/Site Plan Amendment submitted by Chris Greening on behalf of TW’s Bait and Tackle for the reduction of three (3) required parking spaces with the use of bicycle racks pursuant to Section of the Unified Development Ordinance.  Mayor Cahoon was excused from the discussion as his firm is the architectural firm for the project.  APPROVED – January 4, 2023 Board of Commissioners Meeting

Pending Applications - Board Reviewed

  • No pending applications at this time.

Zoning/Planning Forms & Applications 

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