Planning & Zoning

Coastal Forest Overlay District (CFOD)-Updated 11/08/2023

Click the link above to view Appendix A Section 4.1.17 amendment to the zoning district ordinance. This ordnance was updated at the November 8th 2023 council meeting to include fill limitations and sediment control measures. 

2023 Planning Board Record

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For the 2023 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, please click the link below.   

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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.

Watch Planning Board Meetings online here!

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.

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. 

The town offers varies interactive and static maps available to the public. If you would like to know more about how the many GIS products the town offers, please visit the Maps and GIS page. The link is above on the right or click on the image below.

Onslow County GIS

Pender County GIS

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