Planning a Residential Project

Residential Zoning Clearance Permits are required for:

  • New construction 
  • Manufactured homes
  • Modular homes
  • Addition to a house
  • Placing or constructing sheds, outbuildings, or any other accessory structure on a residential parcel
  • Pools
  • Constructing a deck/patio/porch/fire pit etc.
  • Home occupations 

Waivers are free of charge and are issued for demolition permits and interior/exterior renovations which do not result in changes to the footprint of the home. (A permit may be required from Cabarrus County Building Inspections or Rowan County Building Inspections for certain types of renovations.)

How to apply for a Residential Zoning Clearance Permit:

  1. For property requiring an address, contact Alana Sweatt, GIS Specialist at 704-920-4361 or asweatt@kannapolisnc.gov.  For property requiring 1-5 addresses, please allow 5 working days.  For addresses requiring more than 5 addresses, please allow 10 working days.  Addresses will be viewable through Cabarrus County GIS.

  2. Verification of water and sewer services must be completed before application and payment are submitted. Please contact the City of Kannapolis Planning Department at 704-920-4350 for a verification request. The City of Kannapolis Engineering Department will complete a site inspection and return a phone call or email within 3 working days.

  3. Check the zoning designation of the property on the City of Kannapolis Zoning Map or by contacting the Planning Department at 704.920.4350. (Note: Changes can occur to the zoning map periodically. We recommend confirming the zoning designation for the property with the Planning Department before starting any projects.)

  4. Determine if the proposed use is allowed under the zoning designation of the property. Table 4.6-1 Principal Uses Permitted in Zoning Districts  identifies all uses and the zoning districts they are permitted. There are three possible categories:
      • Permitted by Right with or without Supplemental Standards (P or P/S)
      • Conditional Use with or without Supplemental Standards (C or C/S)

  5. If the proposed use is not permitted in accordance with Table 4.6-1 Principle Uses Permitted in Zoning Districts, you may contact a planner to schedule a pre-application meeting to discuss the possibility of a Zoning Map Amendment (rezoning) which are considered by the Planning & Zoning Commission.

  6. If the proposed use is allowed as a Conditional Use, you will need to submit a Conditional Use Permit Application to the Board of Adjustment for consideration.

  7. Prepare a plot plan showing the location of property lines, existing and proposed structures, required setbacks (determined by the zoning district) and any other pertinent information.

  8. Submit the application, plot plan, and applicable fee(s) to the Planning Department at planningapps@kannapolisnc.gov or 401 Laureate Way, 3rd Floor, Kannapolis, NC. Residential Zoning Clearance Permits will be processed within approximately two (2) business days of receipt, provided the application is complete. Permits are issued Monday through Friday from 8am to 5:00pm.  You may also submit through Accela by creating a Plan Review, Building (PRB). All City of Kannapolis required documents must be uploaded and legible. For property located in the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of Rowan County, all required documents must be presented to the Planning Department.

  9.  For subdivisions (divisions of a parcel of land into two or more lots), you will need to go through the Subdivision Review Process prior to applying for a Zoning Clearance Permit.

For any questions regarding Residential Zoning Compliance Permits or ordinance requirements, please call the Planning Department at 704.920.4350 to speak with a planner. Specific contact information is available on the Department Directory.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need a Zoning Clearance Permit?
    Yes, if you are changing the existing footprint of your home, adding a structure or changing the impervious surface on your property, you will need a Zoning Clearance Permit.
     
  2. Do I need a Building Permit?
    Yes, if you are adding to your home, adding a structure that is 12'X12' or larger or if you are completing electrical or mechanical work, you will need a building permit.  All will require a Zoning Clearance Permit from the City of Kannapolis prior to obtaining a building permit from the County.
     
  3. Who do I contact for information regarding building permits?
    • If you live within the city limits of Kannapolis, including parts of Rowan County, call Cabarrus County Building Inspections Department at 704.920.2128.
    • If you live in the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of Kannapolis, call Rowan County Building Inspections Department at 704.216.8619.
    • If you are unsure which Building Inspections Department to contact, please review the City of Kannapolis Zoning Map or call the Planning Department at 704.920.4350.

     
  4. Do I need a zoning permit for demolition of a structure?
    Yes, the City issues a waiver for demolitions.  A demolition application must be filled out and submitted to the Kannapolis Planning Department for review and approval. Once the City approves and issues a waiver, the applicant must take the waiver to the County who will then issue the demolition permit.  The County will not issue a demolition permit unless the required waiver from the Kannapolis Planning Department is presented.  Waivers are free of charge and are issued at the Planning office (401 Laureate Way, 3rd Floor) Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm OR by accessing Accela and submitting a request for a Kannapolis Demolition Permit. 
     
  5. How can I find out what a property is zoned?
    You may view the City of Kannapolis Zoning Map or contact the Planning Department at 704.920.4350.  Please provide an address or Parcel Identification Number (PIN) in order to identify the property.
     
  6. How can I find out what the setbacks are for a property?
    Setbacks are determined by the zoning district (Zoning Map) and then referencing Table 4.7-1 Dimensional and Density Standards.  All street side setbacks will meet the requirements for the front yard setback.
     
  7. Do I need a permit for a fence?
    No, fencing does not require a permit, but a survey should be completed prior to constructing a fence to accurately determine property lines.  Fencing must not be located in a street right-of-way or obstruct the view of drivers. It is recommended that a fence be constructed at least 1-foot from the property lines to allow for maintenance of fence.
     
  8. What is the fee for a zoning permit?
    Please see the Schedule of Fees.
     
  9. Is a plot plan required for a residential permit?
    Yes.  A plot plan, which includes the lot lines, proposed building footprint, driveway location and impervious surface calculations, must be provided before a zoning permit will be issued for a residential structure.