Business and Residential Zoning Ordinances

Zoning ordinances are written regulations and laws defining how property in specific geographic zones within the Village of Alamance can be used. For example, these may specify whether an area may be used for residential, or commercial purposes. In addition, they may also regulate the lot size, placement, bulk (or density) and the height of physical structures on the property.

Permits can be submitted and paid online by clicking on the permit link or can be mailed in.

Please send mailed permits with payment to:

Village of Alamance
Attn. Zoning Ordinance
P.O. Box 96
Alamance, NC 27201

Zoning Forms / Permits

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Business and Residential Subdivision
Zoning Ordinances

State statutes define the land divisions subject to coverage by local subdivision ordinances. The North Carolina statutes provide the division of a “tract or parcel of land into two or more lots, building sites, or other divisions when any one, or more of those divisions are created for the purpose of sale, or building development (whether immediate or future” and all divisions involving the “dedication of a new street, or a change in existing streets” are subdivisions subject to regulation.

Since the division must be for the purpose of sale, or development, courts have held divisions for other purposes are not subject to subdivision regulation. For example, a division of land for the purpose of dividing an estate among heirs has been held not to be a subdivision under the statutory definition.


The statutory definition of a subdivision also includes the following four exemptions:

1. The combination or recombination of portions of previously subdivided and recorded lots where the total number of lots is not increased and the resultant lots are equal to or exceed the standards of the municipality as shown in its subdivision regulations;

2. The division of land into parcels greater than ten acres where no street right-of-way dedication is involved;

3. The public acquisition by purchase of strips of land for the widening or opening of streets or for public transportation system corridors;

4. The division of a tract in single ownership whose entire area is no greater than two acres into not more than three lots, where no street right-of-way dedication is involved and where the resultant lots are equal to or exceed the standards of the municipality, as shown in its subdivision regulations.

(SOURCE: David W. Owens Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government School of Government, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

The Legislature of the State of North Carolina has in Part 6, Article 21 of Chapter 143; Parts 3, 5, and 8 of Article 19 of Chapter 160A; and Article 8 of Chapter 160A of the North Carolina General Statutes, delegated to local governmental units the responsibility to adopt regulations designed to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of its citizenry.

Therefore, the Board of Aldermen of Alamance, North Carolina, does ordain as follows:

(1) The flood prone areas within the jurisdiction of the Village of Alamance are subject to periodic inundation which results in loss of life, property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures of flood protection and relief, and impairment of the tax base, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety, and general welfare.

(2) These flood losses are caused by the cumulative effect of obstructions in floodplains causing increases in flood heights and velocities and by the occupancy in flood prone areas of uses vulnerable to floods or other hazards.

Download the full ordinance for statutory authorization, Findings of Fact, Purpose & Objectives, Permit and Certification Requirements.

Flood Ordinance Documents

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Garbage & Recycling

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Criminal Violations Ordinances

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Mayor Proclamation Ordinance

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