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Procedures Change to Minimize Threat of COVID-19

Planning, inspection, and permit services by appointment-only

While the City's offices are currently closed to the public, the City of Roanoke Rapids Planning & Development Department will continue to perform permitting and inspection duties, as needed, with limited in-person contact.

Walk-ins WILL NOT be accepted. Walk-ins must schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled every 30 minutes starting at 8:30 a.m. The last appointment will be 4:00 p.m. Upon arrival, please call the office to confirm your appointment time. Once confirmed, a staff member will meet with you at the permit office. If you do not have an appointment, call (252) 533-2844 to schedule.

  • If you currently have a permit and need to schedule an inspection, call (252) 533-2844 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please allow up to 24-hours for a staff member to respond to you during our regular business hours.   
  • Code Enforcement activities (Minimum Housing, Junk Vehicle, Zoning) are suspended except in cases involving life safety concerns. All complaints will be reviewed by staff to determine if a life safety concern exists, if not, the complaint will be tabled until activities are resumed.
  • The Planning & Development Department will accept new applications and inspection requests; however, priority will be given to emergency repair projects.
  • Contractors and developers should conduct business with the Department online or over the phone as much as possible to minimize in-person meetings with city staff. 
  • Permits are available online at https://roanokerapidsnc.com/permits-applications.html and may be emailed to staff listed at the department webpage https://roanokerapidsnc.com/roanoke-rapids-city-departments/planning-and-development.html. Applications may be sent and received by mail.

Permit applications can be submitted by email, fax, or a general-purpose drop box located in foyer of City Hall. All documentation for the permit will also need to be submitted. This documentation will need to include all required construction plans, plot plans, lien agents and other drawings that would be associated with the permit. If unknown, permit fees will be processed by staff and the applicant will be contacted within 48-hours. Please do not enclose cash in the drop box.

Leaf Collection Notification

  • Leaf Collection

    The Property Maintenance Department collects loose leaves November - February. Crews work an assigned route and cannot take special requests or special arrangements. Loose leaf piles should be placed behind the curb or edge of pavement without blocking the sidewalk or street. Do not rake or blow...

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