CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT RATES

CODE ENFORCEMENT

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.

Health/Sanitation Division

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 special 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 having any information in regards to illegal dumping or solid waste violations may call the code enforcement officer at (910) 477-1486 or 910-457-7935.

To arrange for special garbage pick up call:
Waste Industries Inc
1-(800) 814-4544

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.

SOUTHPORT STREET LIGHT POLICY

Southport Street Light Map

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Street Light Policy

SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTALS

Please be advised that the City of Southport adopted a Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance on July 8, 2021.  This ordinance prohibits short-term vacation rentals within the residential districts of the City of Southport but does allow short-term vacation rentals existing on the date of the adoption of the ordinance to continue as lawful nonconforming uses provided that the property owners obtain a zoning permit from the City of Southport. Property owners must also provide documented proof that the short-term vacation rental received verifiable bookings prior to July 8, 2021.  In order to continue operating as a short-term vacation rental in Southport’s residential districts, property owners must apply for and obtain the zoning permit prior to September 7, 2021, or they will lose their right to operate as a lawful nonconforming use.

Below are links to the regulations for Short-Term Vacation Rentals and Homestays:

Short-Term Vacation Rental Regulations

Homestay Regulations

FLOOD PREPAREDNESS AND ZONING

Community Preparedness

Flood Information

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.

Flood Maps

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.

Phone: 910-457-7925

Thomas Lloyd

Thomas Lloyd
Director, Development Services
[email protected]
(910) 457-7961

Kiley Barefoot

Kiley Barefoot
Building Inspector
[email protected]
910-457-7900 x 1007

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Tori Deviney
Permit Technician
[email protected]
910-457-7925

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Chris Martin
Code Enforcement Officer
[email protected]
910-713-3862

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Dorthy Dutton
City Clerk
[email protected]
910-457-7900 X 1010