Covid-19 Update 

(Updated on March 17)

Existing Projects/Open Enforcement Cases:

All deadlines have been automatically extended for 30 days as of March 16, 2020. This applies to compliance deadlines on existing enforcement cases and to expiration dates of permits. Please contact the Planner on Call 828-610-8442 to inquire about the status of a particular project.

New applications

All of our applications are available electronically as fillable PDFs (links below). We can accept electronic submissions via email (see below). Until further notice, the requirement to submit hard copy plans is waived for all applications for accessory structures, signs, temporary advertising, residential additions, and new single family constructions. Digital plans are still required. We are currently unable to process payments online, but application fees can be mailed to: City of Lenoir Planning Department, 801 West Avenue NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. For projects requiring full-sized plan submittal, plans can be mailed. Please give us a call to coordinate your application if you have any questions or concerns.

We are also accepting applications for projects requiring Planning Board/City Council approval. However, the dates of those meetings are uncertain. Projects requiring public hearings have specific standards for advertising and noticing established by NC General Statutes. We will post meeting dates and revised application deadlines as we establish them.

Pre-application meetings

We are happy to discuss your project with you via phone. Please call the Planner on Call at 828-610-8442 to schedule an appointment, or email the Planning Technician (see below.) Many of our pre-application meetings can be handled entirely through email – please include plans, plat maps, etc. and a list of questions and your email will be routed to the appropriate staff person to review and respond.

  1. Lauren Hartley

    Planning Technician

Code Enforcement

We have temporarily suspended code enforcement activities, except for those deemed immediate risks to life safety.

Community Meetings

The West End Community Workshop that was scheduled for March 28 at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church has been postponed. For more information please visit 

The Planning and Community Development Department oversees:

  • Development
  • Mapping
  • Minimum housing
  • Planning
  • Zoning

Staff reviews residential, commercial, and industrial development, and works to ensure new development is consistent with Lenoir’s Comprehensive Plan.

Public Hearings

Did you receive a notice of public hearing in the mail? Visit the Planning Board Meetings page to view upcoming meetings and public hearings.

  1. Planner On Call

    Phone: 828-610-8442
    If you have a question about planning, zoning, or development in Lenoir, call the planner on call Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.