Press Release: January 14, 2021
Procedures Change to Minimize Threat of COVID-19 Planning, inspection, and permit services by appointment-only
Roanoke Rapids, NC – While the City Hall 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 9:00 a.m. The last appointment will be 3:00 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.
- Code Enforcement activities (Minimum Housing, Junk Vehicle, Zoning) are limited 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.
Zoning Districts and Zoning Map
In order to achieve the purposes of the Land Use Ordinance, all property within the planning jurisdiction of Roanoke Rapids is divided into zoning district classifications: residential, commercial, and industrial. Amendments (changes) to the Official Zoning Map are accomplished using legislative procedures described in the Land Use Ordinance. For information about the process of rezoning, please see"A Citizen's Guide to the Rezoning Process" located under permit downloads.
The Code Enforcement Staff is available to respond to questions concerning:
- the issuance of building permits
- electrical permits
- plumbing permits
- mechanical permits
- minimum housing code requirements
- building inspections
- occupancy permits
- construction plan review
- junk cars
- building codes and related matters
Office Hours are Monday through Friday: 8:30AM to 5:00 PM Phone: (252) 533-2844.
Fax: (252) 533-2870
The Roanoke Rapids' Fair Housing Policy establishes a procedure for handling complaints concerning housing discrimination at the local level. If any citizen experiences discrimination in housing because of race, color, sex, religion, handicap, familial status, or national origin, they may contact the Director of Planning and Development at (252)533-2844. Any individual wishing TDD assistance may call 911 and indicate the need for TDD assistance, and the city will then arrange such assistance. Complaints will be reviewed and forwarded to the North Carolina Human Relations Commission in Raleigh (Phone: 919-807-4420; 866-324-7474; or Relay North Carolina TT# 800-735-2962) for further review and conciliation. For more information, please review the City's Fair Housing Complaint Procedure Document available under "Permits"