Morehead City is divided into zoning districts. These districts have both permitted uses that are allowed by right and other uses that are allowed as special uses. The Table of Permissible Uses is contained in the Unified Development Ordinance.
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A special use permit is a permit issued to authorize development or land uses in a particular zoning district upon presentation of competent, material, and substantial evidence establishing compliance with one or more general standards requiring that judgement and discretion be exercised as well as compliance with specific standards. An "S" in the Table of Permissible Uses indicates a special use in the specified district. When considering a request for a special use permit, the Board of Adjustment may impose reasonable and appropriate conditions upon these permits. Applicants are encouraged to discuss any special use application with staff prior to submittal.
A variance may be granted only by the Board of Adjustment pursuant to Section 3-7.3. The variance process is a method of enabling property owners to make use of their property in a way that conflicts with the literal interpretation of the ordinance. More specifically, a variance grants relief from the Unified Development Ordinance. Use variances are not permitted under North Carolina state law. The Board of Adjustment makes its decision to approve or deny a variance request based upon specific criteria. Applicants are encouraged to discuss any variance application with staff prior to submittal.
Morehead City has two classifications of home occupations. Type A home occupations are those where residents use their home as a place of work; however, no employees or customers come to the site. Type B home occupations are those where residents use their home as a place of work and either one employee or customers come to the site. A special use permit is required prior to establishing a Type B home occupation.
Please contact the Planning & Inspections Department at 252-726-6848 x125 for information on submitting a Board of Adjustment application.
No. Hearings are conducted in a quasi-judicial manner, and members may not speak about cases prior to the hearing. You may, however, receive assistance from staff or seek professional legal advice.