Planning, Zoning and Code Enforcement FAQ:
- What is the population of Fayetteville? 208,729 (as of January 2018)
- What is the UDO? The Unified Development Ordinance is the combination of the zoning and development regulations for property within the City Limits. The zoning of the property determines the regulations that govern it and the uses that are allowed. There are general parking, landscaping, design, open space, and subdivision regulations within the ordinance as well. The UDO does not cover all regulations for new development. A examples, stormwater controls, access management, and fire safety regulations are outside of the UDO regulations.
- What does the Planning Commission do? The Planning Commission is responsible for reviewing proposed amendments to the UDO as well as studies of areas within the City Limits. They hold public hearing to obtain input from the community and provide recommendations to City Council. City Council makes final decisions on these issues after receiving input from the staff, Commission, and the public.
- What does the Zoning Commission do? The Zoning Commission is responsible for reviewing request to rezoning property and request for special use permits for certain uses to be allowed on property. They hold public hearings to obtain input from the community and provide recommendations to City Council. City Council makes final decisions on these request after receiving input from the staff, Commission and the public. The Zoning Commission also hold public hearings regarding variance request. The Commission’s decision on variance request are final unless the request is appealed to court.
- How do I find out how my property is zoned? The City Planning and Zoning Division maintains the City Zoning Map. This map is updated when rezonings are approved by City Council. The map can be viewed on the City’s webpage at (provide link) and information can be obtained by contacting the City Planning and Zoning Division at 910-433-1612.
- Are tree limbs and vegetation growing from one property on to another property, resulting in a nuisance a code a violation OR are dead trees or trees appearing to be ready to fall on a neighboring property a code violation? No, this is not a code violation this is a civil dispute between the property owners.
- Who handles trash and debris left at the curbside for an extended period of time? The Public Services Department – Solid Waste Division manages garbage pickup. The City code does indicate that garbage receptacle should be moved back from the curb after collection. You may contact the Solid Waste Division for information: 910-433-1627
- Is an air conditioning unit that is not working and the landlord refuses to make the repairs a code violation? No, this not a code violation; having an operational air conditioning unit is not a requirement of the City’s Housing Code.
- Who handles dogs running at large and other animal complaints? All animal complaints within the City Limits are handled by the Cumberland County Animal Control Department, contact 910-321-6852.
- Who handles property maintenance violations, such as overgrown yards and debris on city owned properties? The City/County Parks and Recreation Department, contact 910-433-1547. Unkempt private properties are handled by the City’s Code Enforcement Division, contact 910-433-1056.
- Are heavy vehicles (semi-trucks/tractor trailers) allowed to be stored or parked in residential areas? No, this would be a Code violation. Storage or parking of these type vehicles are only allowed in areas zoned industrial, contact the City’s Code Enforcement Division, 910-433-1056.
- Is the storage of trailers, motorhomes (rv’s), or campers allowed in the front yards of residential properties? Yes, with the exception of trailers with more than one-axle. Multi-axle trailers must be parked in the rear yards of residential properties. For violations you may contact the City’s Code Enforcement Division, 910-433-1056.
- Who handles noise complaints? If the noise is a barking dog it will be handled by the Cumberland County Animal Control Department, contact 910-321-6852; if the noise is of another nature it is handled by the City Police Department, contact 910-433-1530.
- Who handles complaints of businesses being operated in residential areas? Some in-home occupations are allowed; however if you believe that a business is being operated illegally from a residence you may contact the City’s Code Enforcement Division, 910-433-1056.
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