What we do

The Development Services Department (DSD) promotes safety, livability and positive economic growth to build a better and safer Asheville. DSD processes permits, performs inspections, maintains records and helps customers navigate the development process.

The DSD Permit Application Center (PAC) is located at 161 S. Charlotte St. and open to the public on Monday to Friday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm (closed public holidays).

Access all DSD services online through the Development Portal:


Visit the Development Portal


Permit Application Center (Main Line): 828-259-5846

Zoning Hotline: 828-259-5450

Building Code Hotline: 828-259-5967

Stormwater / Grading / Flood Hotline: 828-259-5670



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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



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Development Services News

Vice Mayor Sanra Kilgore stnads with new Habitat for Humanity homeowner

City of Asheville celebrates new homeowners with Habitat for Humanity

For those hoping to secure a home – there’s nothing quite like signing your name on the dotted line.  On August 3, several City of Asheville Council Members were on hand to watch that dream come true for some local families. The City of Asheville was one of the sponsors, working with the local nonprofit Habitat for [...]

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Mark Matheny to serve as Director of Development Services

Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell is pleased to announce that Mark Matheny, who has been serving as the Interim Director of Development Services since November 3, 2022, has accepted the position of Development Services Director. Mark will oversee a department of 54 professional staff providing a high level of customer service in support of a safe [...]

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City of Asheville to launch new Streetscape Plan requirement for Urban Projects

New process added to reviews for improved plans  To improve the City’s review process and ultimately improve outcomes in the public realm, the City is launching a new initiative to ensure complete and detailed Streetscape Plans are submitted for development projects in urban/mixed-use areas.  Public spaces are one of the most important public assets the city manages. [...]