Obtaining a Permit


If you are considering a development project, or special event within the City limits, please be advised that one or more of the following permits may be necessary. Be sure to include a site plan with all zoning permit applications. An example site plan may be found, here.

Development Permits: 

Zoning Permit Application - for all Land Uses including residential or commercial construction, locating a business in an existing building, or placing a deck or swimming pool on your property.

Temporary Permit Application - for temporary land uses such as food trucks, outdoor sales tents, or seasonal sales.

Sign Permit Application - for all signs erected on your property, including wall signs, window signs, free-standing signs, and some temporary signs.

Building Inspections Permit Application - must be submitted to the Person County Building Inspections Department after obtaining all necessary zoning permits. This application is necessary for all construction work, sign installations, and some accessory buildings.

Plan Review Application - for review of major/minor subdivisions, Planned Unit Developments, or other complex development projects.

Home Occupation Permit Application - necessary for occupations operated from your residence, including a baked good sales, alterations work, etc.

Demolition Permit Application - for demolishing any residential or commercial property within the City limits. An additional Building Inspections permit may be required.


Special Event Permits:

Special Event Application Original - necessary for any event which will require closing a public street or sidewalk. Be advised that closing of a DOT maintained road requires DOT approval.

Merritt Commons Rules and Application - necessary to rent the Main Street Pavilion for an event or activity.

Off Duty Contract_Revised 2018 - necessary if you request an RPD officer presence at your event. 

*All Special Event Permit Applications must be submitted well in advance of the planned event. See the application for details on deadlines for submission.


Once a completed application has been submitted to the Planning & Development Department for review, the application will be circulated other City departments for review and comment. The review process may take up to one week from the date of receipt for a completed permit.

Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Please be aware that incorrect or missing information will delay the review process and result in an application being placed at the end of the review queue. Applications for subdivisions, Planned Unit Developments, or other complex development projects require a longer review period. Applications fees are due before permit will be issued.

 For questions, please contact our office 336-599-3116, extension 3308.

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