The Planning Department oversees and encourages growth in Zebulon.  All new residential, commercial, and industrial development is reviewed by the departments to ensure consistency with Zebulon's short-term and long-range growth plans, policies, and ordinances.  The department handles planning, urban design, building permits, zoning, and code enforcement.

Please view our new Unified Development Ordinance for current land use and development regulations. 

Please view our new Official Zoning Map for the current zoning district classifications. 

Please visit Wake County iMaps for an online mapping system.

Please visit our Interactive Development Map for information regarding local projects.

Please visit American Legal Publishing Corporation for our current Town Ordinances. 

Short & Long-Range Planning

Planning staff work to develop and maintain long-range plans to guide growth and development in Zebulon. These plans help promote sustainable growth and infrastructure. Staff must also approve all new development to ensure it meets the requirements set in adopted plans, policies, and ordinances. Planning staff also pursue various grant programs and recommend development policies to address specific challenges impacting Zebulon.  


Permitting staff review and enforce State Building Codes and local zoning regulations for all new residential and commercial activities and construction in the Town of Zebulon and the Town’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The building permitting staff also work closely with citizens to organize the review of plans during the pre-construction phase of projects, and provide information and services to citizens as they obtain the proper permits.

Building inspections are performed by Wake County Inspectors after all necessary permits and approvals have been obtained from the Town of Zebulon. Zoning inspections are performed by inspectors from the Town of Zebulon.

Code Enforcement

Code enforcement staff work to improve the appearance of our communities and maintain standards of living. By ensuring safe, healthy places to live, work and play, enforcing local ordinances and regulations helps protect public health, citizens’ property investments, and community pride. Our goal is to ensure that we are providing the highest quality of services to engage and educate the community on how to resolve code violations, and work together to make sure that Zebulon maintains a clean and safe environment for all citizens in our community.


Michael Clark
Planning Director
Meade Bradshaw
Assistant Planning Director
Jacob Parente
Davida Moore
Zoning Code Enforcement Officer
Teia Matthews
Code Enforcement/Permitting Officer