Q: What is a request for a variance?
A: A request for a variance is what a property owner seeks when strict compliance with the zoning ordinance such as application of setback, height, or area regulations would create an unnecessary hardship on the owner of a particular piece of property. There are strict rules that must be met to be considered for a variance.
Q: What are the rules to be considered for a variance?
A: To be considered for a variance, the Board of Adjustment must be assured that the hardship is not self-imposed; it is unique to the property (size, shape, topography of the lot or tract); it is not financial in nature; and does not simply preclude development for the "highest and best use" of the land.
Q: How do I request a variance?
A: Do the following to request a variance: Submit an Application for Variance along with the appropriate fee (nonrefundable) and a site plan of the lot showing all property lines as well as a depiction of the requested variance.
Q: How can I rezone my property?
A: In order to rezone a piece of property, please send a rezoning application to the Town of Zebulon Planning Department. Please include a property description form for each property included within the rezoning application packet. There is a non-refundable filing fee for a rezoning request, please consult the Zebulon Planning Department fee schedule for the filing fee cost.
Q: What is a non-conforming use?
A: A non-conformity is one that was in compliance with the ordinances originally, but when the ordinance was changed it became non-conforming.
A legal non-conforming use is one that was started or built before adoption of the regulation that now makes it non-conforming
Q: What is the Town of Zebulon Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)?
A: The land up to one (1) mile beyond the current corporate limits.
Q: What are building setbacks?
A: Setbacks are required minimum distances between a building and the related front, side, exterior side, or rear property line. These distances determine how far construction must be set back from the property line.
Q: Where may I place a storage building on my lot?
A: Storage buildings are permitted in the back yard of a lot provided that they are detached and separated from the main building. For a complete list of regulations pertaining to accessory structures, contact the Town of Zebulon Planning Department at (919)269-7455.
Q: Who can I contact about high grass or other nuisances?
A: You can contact the Code Enforcement and Permitting Officer at (919)269-7455, extension 257 to report high grass or other nuisances.
Q: Who can I contact about zoning violations?
A: To report zoning violations, you can contact the Code Enforcement and Permitting Officer at (919)269-7455, extension 257.
Q: What are my setbacks?
A: Due to variable setbacks within the Town of Zebulon, it is best to contact Planning Staff at (919)269-7455 extension 257 to verify the setbacks on your property. You may also check the zoning of the property by accessing the Town of Zebulon Zoning Map.
Q: Who can I contact about the minimum housing code?
A: For minimum housing issues located within the Town of Zebulon corporate limits and Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) contact the Code Enforcement and Permitting Officer, at (919)269-7455, extension 257.
Q: Can I operate a business from my home? The Town of Zebulon Code of Ordinance has a provision for residents to operate a business from their home with the following conditions found in §152.143 HOME OCCUPATIONS. A non-exhaustive list of allowable occupations and uses expressly prohibited for home occupations can be provided by the Planning Department. You may obtain an application for a home occupation from the Planning Department or online.
Q: When is a building permit required?
A: No person shall locate, erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair or relocate any building, or change the type occupancy without first having obtained a permit for the specific work to be done. Building permits are not required for nonstructural work where no change of use occurs and costs less than $5,000, farm buildings outside the jurisdiction of any municipality, and residential accessory structures where no dimension exceeds 12 feet.
For a complete list of building permit applications, refer to http://www.wakegov.com/inspect/forms/
Q: When is an electrical permit required?
An electrical permit for the specific work is required to install, alter, repair, replace or relocate any electrical material, appliances or equipment. For a complete list of building permit applications, refer to http://www.wakegov.com/inspect/forms/
Q: When is a plumbing, heating, air conditioning, or sprinkler permit required?
A plumbing or heating permit is required to install, replace or relocate any plumbing, heating, air-conditioning material, appliances or equipment. Plumbing permits shall not be required for minor repairs or replacements on the house side of a trap to an installed system of plumbing provided such repairs or replacements do not disrupt the original water supply or the waste or ventilation system. For a complete list of building permit applications, refer to http://www.wakegov.com/inspect/forms/
Q: What needs to be submitted with the building permit application?
A: For Manufactured Housing -http://www.wakegov.com/inspect/permits/Pages/devmanuhousing.aspx
For Residential Permits -http://www.wakegov.com/inspect/permits/Pages/devnewhome.aspx
For Residential Accessory Structures - http://www.wakegov.com/inspect/permits/Pages/devaccessory.aspx
For Swimming Pools - http://www.wakegov.com/inspect/permits/Pages/devpools.aspx
For Commercial/Industrial Permits - http://www.wakegov.com/inspect/permits/Pages/commplans.aspx
Q: Who can answer my questions about residential, commercial, or industrial building codes?
A: Wake County Inspections, Development Plans, and Permits. For a complete list of the entire Wake County Building Inspectors staff directory, please refer to the following link:http://www.wakegov.com/inspect/Pages/contacts.aspx
Q: How much is a permit going to cost me?
A: Wake County Building and Inspections charges all inspection fees. Wake County's fees must be paid in full before any inspections will take place. For questions about these fees, please contact Wake County Building and Inspections at 919/856-6060.