Current Planning

Certificate of Appropriateness

Certificate of Appropriateness

A Certificate of Appropriateness allows an owner of a property designated as a Historic Landmark, or is located in a Historic District to construct, alter, repair, rehabilitate, relocate, or demolish the structure. Major work requires approval from the Historic Preservation Commission. All work must meet the Secretery of the Interior's Guidelines Standards for Rehabilitation as discussed in The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.


1. Obtain Certificate of Appropriateness Packet and discuss with Planning Staff.  The packet will include: Checklist of  applicable work, Application, and Historic Preservation Commission deadlines and meeting dates.

2. Applicant is to fill out the application and provide the following as needed:

    • Narrative clearly describing the proposed work in detail, including a list of existing and proposed exterior materials.
    • Scaled Architectural Plans of the proposed work (if applicable) with dimensions.
    • Elevations of each façade that illustrate the appearance of any new construction. (If applicable)
    • Site Plans shall be prepared by a licensed engineer or surveyor with location and approximate size of all existing and proposed buildings and structures within the site and on the lots adjacent thereto, proposed points of access and egress and pattern of internal circulation, proposed lighting location and design, buffering, layout of parking spaces and type of proposed surfacing, proposed provision for storm drainage (including retention pond facilities, when applicable), approved by the Administrator, landscaping.

 3.  Planning Staff will prepare a staff report that will be sent to each Historic Preservation Commission member. 

  • Note: The report will contain a copy of the signed petition, a map prepared by the planning department, pictures of the property, the site plan, elevations, and other information that the applicant provides to support their request.

 4. Planning Staff will send a letter to all adjacent property owners informing them of the Public Meeting.

 5. Planning Staff will post the applicants property with a Public Meeting Sign two weeks prior to the meeting.

 6. The meeting will be held on the assigned date. 

  • Note: The applicant is expected to be in attendance to answer any questions and provide all information necessary as requested by the Board.
  • Note: In order for a Certificate of Appropriateness to be granted, a majority of the members present must vote in favor of the Certificate of Appropriateness.


Planning Staff

Planning Director
Scott Hammerbacher
(919) 496-2909 Ext. 1303 


  • Management and Oversight

Principal Planner  
Jason Rogers
(919) 496-2909 Ext. 1314 


  • Subdivision Review
  • GIS Mapping
  • Plan Review
  • Zoning
  • Conditional Use
  • Special Use
  • Variances
  • Rezonings
  • Addressing

Senior Planner

Brad Thompson
(919) 496-2909 Ext. 1302


  • Subdivision Review
  • GIS Mapping
  • Plan Review
  • Zoning
  • Special Use
  • Rezonings
  • Addressing

Katie Rhyne
(919) 496-2909 Ext. 1305


  • Zoning
Zoning Enforcement Officer

Griff Gardner
(919) 496-2909 Ext. 1308 


  • Zoning Violations
  • Complaints

Conditional Use Permit

Conditional Use Permit


Conditional Uses add flexibility to the zoning ordinance by permitting potential undesirable uses of property in specified districts when certain conditions are met. The Board of Adjustment may choose to place additional conditions on the permit to minimize any adverse effects it might have on surrounding properties.

The included outline lists the procedure for applying for a Conditional Use Permit. Applicant is advised to discuss with Planning Staff before applying for Conditional Use Permit.

Current Planning Fees

Planning and Zoning:

Zoning Compliance

Residential Additions $30.00
New Residential $60.00
Commercial/Business $85.00
Rezoning Petition $500.00
Conditional Use $500.00
Variance $500.00
Special Use $500.00
Appeals $500.00
Telecommunication Fee $4500.00

Minor Subdivisions: No preliminary required.

Defined as five (5) or fewer lots with no infrastructure improvements, i.e. roads, water, and sewer.

Final Plat $95.00
Exempt Plat $75.00

Major Subdivisions:

Preliminary Devel. Review Fee $100.00
Preliminary Plat $220.00 (base fee plus $22.50/lot)
Final Plat $220.00 (base fee plus $11.00/lot)

Zone Purchases

Unified Development Ordinance $40.00
Land Use Plan $40.00
Hazard Mitigation Plan $25.00
GIS Maps 34X44 $15.00
Data CDs $50.00

Stormwater Fees:

Commercial Development $110.00
Subdivisions $110.00
Tar Pamlico Nutri. Control $500.00


1. How do I find out what my property is zoned? 

Contact the Planning Office at 919-496-2909. Please have an address, record number, or pin number available to help planning staff identify the parcel. 

2. What days and hours is the Planning and Inspections office open? 

The Planning and Inspections office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m to 5 p.m 

3. Am I required to obtain a zoning permit for a fence? 

No, the County does not regulate fences, however the fence should be inside the property lines. 

4. Am I required to obtain a zoning permit for a pool? 

Yes, below ground and above ground pools require zoning permits. 

5. Does the County enforce Homeowners Covenants? 

No, the County does not enforce Homeowners Covenants.  The County only enforces UDO.  For more information contact your Homeowner's Association. 

6. Am I required to obtain a zoning permit for a storage building?

Yes, the county does require you to obtain a zoning permit for a storage building.  In order to apply for the zoning permit, the applicant needs to bring in a site plan showing the location of the proposed building, two copies of building plans, and a check for $27.50. 

7. What are the setbacks for an Accessory building?

There must be a minimum of 10 feet between all buildings and 10 feet from the side and rear property lines.  The Accessory Building is not to protrude past the front line of the house. 

8. How long is a zoning permit valid?

A zoning permit is valid for 6 months from the date it was issued. 

9. How long is a septic permit valid? 

A septic permit is valid for 5 years from the date it was issued. 

10. How do I locate the well and septic tank on my property? 

Contact the Franklin County Environmental Health Department. (919-496-8100)

11. Am I required to obtain a permit if my property is located within a flood zone? 

You will need a height elevation certificate with the foundation plan prepared by are registered surveyor. 

12. What is the oldest model mobile home that can be set up in Franklin County? 

The oldest model mobile home that can be setup in Franklin County is 1976.

Major Subdivision Procedure

Major Subdivision Procedure


Step 1. Preliminary Plat

The procedure for the Preliminary Plat review follows the following timeline:

  • 6 weeks prior to the scheduled Planning Board meeting date submit preliminary subdivision plat. Please submit 10 large paper copies (size 24” x 36”) and 10 small paper copies (size 11’ x 17”), along with an electronic copy of the plat. These plans, the Development Review Application Form, and related fees (see fee schedule) shall be submitted simultaneously to the Franklin County Planning Department.
  • 2 weeks prior to the Planning Board meeting date the plans will be reviewed by the Technical Review Committee (TRC). The Planning Department will submit copies of the plat to the TRC and they will review the plat. Staff will forward any TRC comments to the applicant/developer.
  • Any revisions required to the Preliminary Subdivision plat should be done and new plans submitted to the Planning Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday following the TRC meeting.
  • Planning Board Meeting: Staff will present the subdivision and the Planning Board will approve (with or without conditions) or disapprove the preliminary plat. The applicant (or a representative) is required to attend the meeting.

Step 2. Technical Review Committee

The Franklin County Planning Staff will consult with the Technical Review Committee during the review process and shall provide the following agencies an opportunity to review and make recommendations concerning the proposed subdivision plat before it is presented to the Planning Board for approval. The Technical Review Committee consists of NC Department of Transportation, Franklin County School Superintendent, Soil Conservationist, Franklin County Economic Development Director, Franklin County Environmental Health Supervisor, Forestry Service, Emergency Management Services, Public Utilities, Tax Office/GIS, and Parks and Recreation.

Step 3. Planning Board Consideration

Upon completion of the TRC review and comment, any revisions required to the preliminary subdivision plat should be done and new plans submitted to the Planning Department by 5:00 p. m. on the Friday following the TRC meeting. A total of twenty-five (25) sets of revised plans must be submitted with twenty (20) of the twenty-five sets being 11x17 inches in size while in landscape format. The developer will also be responsible for submitting a set of plans in digital media either in JPEG or PDF format. All Planning Board meetings are held on the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month and begin at 7:00 pm in the Franklin County Administration Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 113 Market Street, Louisburg, NC. The Planning Board shall approve or disapprove the preliminary plat. Planning Board approval of the preliminary plat is authorization for the subdivider to proceed with the construction of improvements in preparation for submission of the final plat. If the Planning Board should disapprove the preliminary plat, the reasons for such action shall be stated and recommendations made on the basis of which the proposed subdivision would be approved. When a subdivision is to be developed in phases, the preliminary plat shall be submitted for the entire development. A final plat shall be submitted for each phase. The first final plat shall be submitted within twenty-four (24) months after approval of the preliminary plat; otherwise, the preliminary plat shall become null and void, unless an extension of time is applied for and granted by the Planning Board.

Step 4. Final Plat Recordation

After the improvements shown on the approved preliminary plat have been installed, or guaranteed, for the whole or portion of a subdivision, the applicant shall submit a final plat of the area covered by such improvements. At this time, all associated fees such as review fees, water and sewer acreage, capacity, TarPamlico Nutrient Control stormwater, and recreation payment-in-lieu, shall be paid. It is recommended that a paper copy of the plat be submitted to Planning Department for preliminary review so as to make sure all is correct.