PERMIT INFO & APPLICATIONS
Development Services Permits
- Agent Authorization
- Annexation Checklist
- Appeal Application
- Appendix A
- Major Site Plan Application
- Major Subdivision Final Plat Application
- Minor Site Plan Application
- Planned Unit Development Permit
- Rezoning Application
- Special Use Permit Application
- Special Use Permit Process
- Subdivision Application
- Variance Application
- V Zone Design Certificate
CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT RATES
System Development and Tap Fees are Increasing July 1st, 2022
|Finished and Unfinished Space (per sf)||ICC Building Valuation Data|
|Decks (per sf)||$65.00|
|Porches (per sf)||$65.00|
|Enclosed storage (per sf)||$100.00|
|Fences (per linear foot)||$25.00|
|Fee Schedule A: Residential Construction|
|From $200.01 to $1,000.00||$95.00|
|From $1,000.01 to $3,000.00||$105.00|
|From $3,000.01 to $6,000.00||$115.00|
|From $6,000.01 to $10,000.00||$135.00|
|From $10,000.01 to $15,000.00||$145.00|
|From $15,000.01 to $25,000.00||$155.00|
|From $25,000.02 to $50,000.00||$215.00|
|$55,000.01 and up||$335 plus $80 per thousand over $50,000.00|
|Fee Schedule B: General Construction|
|From $100.00 to $1,000.00||$95.00|
|From $1,000.01 to $50,000.00||$95.00 plus $6.50 per thousand over $1,000.01|
|From $50,000.01 to $100,000.00||$415.00 plus $5.50 per thousand over $50,000.01|
|$100,000.01 and above||$755.00 plus $3.50 per thousand over $100,000.01|
|Plumbing Permit Fees|
|Fixtures, Sewer & Water Connections with other work||$17.00|
|Sewer Connection only (Each Building)||$85.00|
|Water Service Only (Each Pipe or Water Tap)||$85.00|
|Minimum Fee for any Plumbing Permit||$85.00|
|Electric Permit Fees|
|Residential New Construction (Per Unit)|
|Temporary Service Connection||$85.00|
|Commercial, Industrial, Institutional||$215.00 Base Fee up to 50 circuits, $5.00 for each additional|
|Service Upgrade Residential||$135.00|
|Service Upgrade Commercial||$190.00|
|Wiring up to 20 outlets with no service||$130.00|
|Wiring over 20 outlets with no service||$155.00|
|Mechanical Permit Fees|
|Residential Heating and Cooling Fee||$85.00 per unit|
|Commercial Heating and Cooling Fee||$115.00 per unit|
|Gas Appliances, Gas Piping Systems||$85.00|
|Gas Piping and Up to 3 Appliances||$85.00 plus $28.00 for each appliance over 3|
|Fuel Heater Equipment||$85.00|
|Permit Fees for Installation of Blower or Fan||$85.00|
|Installation of Tank or Flammable or Combustible Liquids||$180.00 plus 35 cents per barrel|
|Fire Extinguisher Systems||$130.00|
|Hoods (10 or less sf)||$195.00|
|Hoods (10.1-25 sf)||$105.00|
|Hoods (25.1-50 sf)||$110.00|
|Hoods (50.1-75 sf)||$140.00|
|Hoods (75.1-100 sf)||$165.00|
|Hoods (Above 100 sf)||$200.00|
|Fee for Not Acquiring Fuel Appliance||$355.00|
|Sprinkler Systems||$355.00 plus $35.00 per 1000 sf|
|Mobile Home Fee (per mobile home)||$265.00|
|Houses moved (per house moved)||$265.00|
|Swimming Pools||Based on Schedule for General Construction Costs|
|Working Without Permit Fee||2x basic permit fee, minimum of $60.00 minimum|
|Completion of Work Without Permit Fee||Basic Permit Fee plus $300.00 Basic Permit Fee plus $350.00|
|Habitual Working Without Permit Fee||$350.00 fee shall result in a $1500 fee for subsequent violations|
|Refunds on Building Permit||80% refunds on unexpired permits at Department Head’s Discretion|
|Renewals on Building Permit||20% of initial fee, not to exceed $500.00|
|Failure to Obtain Final Inspection||$265.00|
|Commercial Shell Permit Fee||90% of valuation data|
|Commercial Up-Fit Permit||$25.00 per sf valuation|
|Day Care Licensing and Related Inspections||$85.00|
|Rezoning: Less than 3 Acres||$500.00|
|Rezoning: 3.01-6.00 Acres||$1,000.00|
|Rezoning: 6.01 + Acres||$1,000 + $100/acre|
|Minor Subdivision: 1-2 lots||$300.00|
|Minor Subdivision: 3-7 lots||$300.00 + $50/lot|
|Creation of lots (heirs)||$100.00|
|Major Subdivision||$1,000.00 + $100/lot|
|Master Plan Approval (PUD)||$1,000.00 + $100/acre|
|PUD Special Use/Land Use Plan||$2,000.00|
|PUD Modification (Minor)||$500.00|
|PUD Modification (Major)||$1,000.00|
|PBG Site Plan Project less than 7,000 sf or One Building||$500.00|
|PBG Site Plan Project Greater than 7,000 sf or Multiple Buildings||$1,500.00|
|PBG Site Plan Modification||$1,500.00|
|PBG Apartments/Townhouses/Condos/Mixed Use Site Plan||$2,500.00|
|Conditional Use Permit||$750.00|
|Conditional Use Permit Modification||$250.00|
|Zoning Text Change||$100.00|
|Code of Ordinances Change||$100.00|
|Zoning Verification Letter||$100.00|
|Zoning Compliance Permit||$100.00|
|Zoning Compliance Change of Use||$100.00|
|Floodplain Development Permit||$100.00|
|Flood-zone Determination Letter||$100.00|
|Tree Removal Permit||Exempt|
|Sign Permit 0-20 SF||$75.00|
|Sign Permit > 20 SF||$100.00|
Revised: July 2022
The City of Southport believes that everyone should enjoy a safe and healthy environment to live in which enhances their quality of life.
Code Enforcement has the main responsibility of enforcing several divisions within the Southport General Code of Ordinances that promote its residents’ general overall health and welfare and promote education for responsible citizenship.
The Code Enforcement Officer can assist you with the following matters:
CHAPTER 9 – HEALTH & SANITATION
- Includes weed control/overgrown lots
- Mosquito Control
- Junk/nuisance vehicles
CHAPTER 15 – SOLID WASTE VIOLATIONS
- Bulk Items
- Illegal dumping
All complaints must be made in writing so they may be investigated properly.
While many people think complaints can be handled with just one visit to the resident, please be aware that all complaints require due process, including registered mail and coordination with other departments. These steps take time, so complaints may not be resolved quickly.
The Southport Code of Ordinances addresses health and sanitation matters in chapter 9 of the city code. The Code Enforcement Officer has several programs that coincide with health and sanitation matters.
The Board of Alderman of the City of Southport has vested the code enforcement officer the authority to enforce this chapter. Health and Sanitation violations bring safety concerns to the community due to the inhabitation of mice, rats, snakes, or vermin of any kind which is dangerous to the public. The City wants everyone to have a safe environment to live in and to be free from unnecessary health and sanitation matters.
The Code Enforcement officer can assist you with the following matters pertaining to health and sanitation concerns:
- Solid Waste Violations
- Weed Control/Overgrown Lots
- Abandon/Junked Motor Vehicles
- Spring & Fall Clean-ups
Solid Waste Division
Section 15 of the Southport Code of Ordinances deals specifically with Solid Waste. The Code Enforcement Officer has enforcement rights of this code.
The City of Southport no longer picks up garbage or yard debris. A County-wide contract is held with Waste Industries Inc. Any refuse placed in front of a residence will result in a citation with a fine. Arrangements must be made with Waste Industries Inc for particular pickup of white goods, brown goods, or large amounts of yard debris.
Illegal dumpsites in the City are being monitored by the Code Enforcement Officer and the Southport Police Department. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Any information regarding illegal dumping or solid waste violations may call the code enforcement officer at 910-713-3862.
To arrange for a special garbage pick-up call:
Waste Industries Inc
UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE
The City of Southport Unified Development Ordinance Update was adopted and rendered effective on September 23, 2020. Among other changes, the following significant items were completed as part of the update:
- Legislative updates for conformity with NC General Statutes.
- Reduction of text from 27 articles to 8 articles.
- Update to the tree preservation provisions to encourage the protection of existing canopy, including lot clearing provisions and enforcement. These can be found in section 3.18.
- Inclusion of mitigation (re-planting) requirements for removal of regulated trees in any setback or removal of any specimen tree located anywhere on site. If live oaks are removed, must replace with 50% of same. Mitigation requirements are in 3.18 M.
- Updates and modifications for overall organization and clarity. Reduction in overall text and clarification of many ambiguous, conflicting, and unclear provisions.
- Consolidation of approval procedures, roles, responsibilities, and administrative items into one article.
- The establishment of roles and responsibilities for the UDO Administrator.
- Clarification of development approval processes and responsibilities for major/minor site plans, major/minor subdivisions, exempt/final plats, and planned unit developments.
- Inclusion of a Conditional Zoning procedure to aid in consensus-built and public-supported development outcomes.
- Consolidation of closely related permitted uses (including adult and manufacturing uses) and expanded definitions to reduce the number of uses contained in the permitted use table, including the removal of obsolete uses. Separation of uses by accessory, residential, and non-residential use types.
- Consolidation and clarification of setback encroachments and height exceptions.
- Consolidation of development standards such as fences, parking, tree preservation, and buffers into one article.
- Inclusion of building design standards for the CBD and BD zoning districts.
- Overall reduction and simplification of off-street parking ratios to encourage redevelopment and re-use of existing buildings in the CBD and BD zoning district.
- Clarification that no off-street parking shall be required in the CBD zoning district for new construction or redevelopment.
- Inclusion of pedestrian facilities section outlining sidewalk requirements for certain types of development (all new major subdivisions, multi-family developments, and new construction nonresidential development of a principal use within the BD, CBD, HC, OI, and MF districts).
- Modification of sign requirements, where appropriate, in accordance with content-neutral requirements of recent Supreme Court ruling.
- Modification of nonconforming situations as “uses” and “structures” to more appropriately address these conditions.
- Inclusion of construction and inspection procedures for the installation of required infrastructure within new subdivisions.
- Removal of the allowance of bonding or financial guarantees for the installation of required infrastructure.
- Update to the Wireless article in accordance with NC General Statutes.
City of Southport UDO
Adopted September 23, 2020, Revised July 08, 2021
FLOOD PREPAREDNESS AND ZONING
What is the National Flood Insurance Program?
The National Flood Insurance Program was created by Congress in 1968 to reduce the loss of life and property, and the rising disaster relief costs caused by flooding. The program was designed to achieve these goals by: 1) requiring that new and future substantially improved buildings be constructed to resist flood damages; 2) guiding future development away from flood hazard areas; and 3) transferring the costs of flood losses from the American taxpayers to floodplain property owners through flood insurance premiums. In recent decades, over 80 percent of disaster losses nationwide have been caused by floods.
The NFIP is a voluntary program based on a mutual agreement between the federal government and the local community. Federally-backed flood insurance coverage is available to any property owner in return for mitigation of flood risks by community regulation of floodplain development. Flood insurance, and most types of federal financial assistance, such as mortgage loans and grants, are only available in those communities that adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance that meets or exceeds the minimum NFIP standards. These same standards must also be adhered to by all federal agencies under a Presidential Floodplain Management Executive Order.
The updated Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps were issued for Southport. The floodplain data are now being provided in digital format so they can be viewed and downloaded from the NC Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP)’s website. You can see the current and preliminary flood maps here https://fris.nc.gov/fris/
PLANNING & ZONING BOARD/
ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS
Planning & Zoning Board
A Citizens Advisory Board
The Planning & Zoning Board is appointed by the Board of Aldermen and serves as an advisory body to the Board on issues that come before it.
Zoning Board of Adjustments
A Quasi-Judicial Citizens Board
The Zoning Board Of Adjustments is a “quasi-judicial” administrative body that performs the following duty: to hear and decide appeals from; and to review and order requirements, decisions, or determinations made by the Zoning Administrator or Building Inspector. The Board’s function is that of granting variances and conditional use permits.
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES TEAM
Southport City Hall, 1029 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
The Development Services team is located at Southport City Hall, 1029 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
While walk-in visits can often be accommodated, appointments are recommended to ensure the staff you need to speak with are available.
910-457-7900 X 1010
Director, Development Services
910-457-7900 ext. 1008
910-457-7900 ext. 1043
910-457-7900 x 1007
Code Enforcement Officer