Planning & Zoning

The planning department is given the task of administrating the zoning and subdivision ordinances for the Town. Zoning permits, sign permits, subdivisions, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, site plans, and text amendments are some of the everyday items that the department is charged with handling.

Requests to Planning Board

If your request or project needs to go before the planning board for a recommendation to the Town Council our department will help guide you through the process to make sure you and the town get everything done as quickly and fairly as possible.

Submittal Date2021 Meeting Dates & Times
December 31, 2020January 14, 2021
January 29, 2021February 11, 2021
  • Canceled
February 26, 2021March 11, 2021 
  • Canceled
March 26, 2021 April 8, 2021
April 30, 2021May 13, 2021 
  • Canceled
May 28, 2021June 10, 2021 
  • Canceled
June 25, 2021 July 8, 2021
July 30, 2021 August 12, 2021
August 27, 2021 September 9, 2021
October 1, 2021 October 14, 2021
October 29, 2021 November 10, 2021
November 26, 2021December 9, 2021 

Previous Planning Board Minutes


Surf City requires that all construction, renovations, signs, and development be done under a valid permit issued by the Town. Please call us to find out if your project requires a permit prior to work being started. Lot clearing is not allowed without a zoning permit


Zoning Ordinance

GIS & Mapping

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based mapping system used for the creation, storage, and maintenance of geographic (spatial) digital data. The data is organized in layers and can be used for analysis and mapping for Town projects. Each layer has information (called attributes) in a database that relates to each data set. Examples of GIS data layers include base mapping (roads, buildings, water bodies, etc), utilities (water lines, sewer system, street lights), and Assessors' tax parcels.

Onslow County GIS

Pender County GIS

Town of Surf City Zoning Map - 2021

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