Welcome to the Planning & Inspections Department

Fees will not be charged for permits, inspections, or certificates of occupancy for any commercial or residential projects involving construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal, or demolition of manufactured homes, buildings, dwellings or other structures damaged as a direct result of Hurricane Florence through December 31, 2018. Please contact our office if you have a question as to whether a permit is required for your project. We can be reached by phone at (252) 726-6848 x125 or mhcpi@moreheadcitync.org.

If you are interested in serving on the Morehead City Board of Adjustment, download and submit a Citizen Participation Form for consideration or contact City Clerk Cathy Campbell at (252) 726-6848 x139. There is currently one in-city seat vacancy and one extraterritorial jurisdiction seat vacancy. The planning jurisdiction map can be downloaded via this LINK.

The Morehead City Planning and Inspection Department performs administrative, technical, and professional work in coordinating planning and building inspection activities. The Department’s hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Planning Division reviews new development proposals, conducts research, proposes draft ordinances, processes annexation requests, and coordinates grant requests and growth management issues. Administration of the Unified Development Ordinance [a compilation of all land use regulations, including the zoning ordinance and the subdivision regulations] is under its purview as is upkeep of the City’s computerized mapping system. The Planning Division also coordinates all activity and requests for the Planning Board.

The Code Enforcement Division reviews applications for permits, performs zoning inspections, investigates and processes complaints, and coordinates activity and requests for the Board of Adjustment.

The Building Inspections Division is responsible for all activities relating to building construction. This includes review of construction plans, issuance of building permits, administration of minimum housing codes, demolitions, and condemnations.