Permits

Apply for A Permit

Applications for construction are reviewed by both the City of Concord (for zoning) and Cabarrus County (for building), so there is no need to submit separately to both entities.  However, for construction projects, please make sure to include the necessary applications from Cabarrus County Construction Standards

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New users will be required to create an account in Accela.  After logging in, enter the address of the property and then select the "Start Plan Review Process" icon.  Choose the review or permit type, and follow the directions for each page.

All documents uploaded in the Accela system will need to be in PDF format.  

Account creation, login, and online help (with instructional videos) pertaining to the Accela Citizen Access Portal can be found at the link below.

Accela Citizen Access

Accela Help and Self-Training

Official Fee Schedule:  Planning Fees      Fire Fees

Permit Type Help Guides

New Tenant Certificate of Compliance (COC)

All new businesses occupying a new space are required to have a COC.  Follow the process below to apply.

  • Fill out the Application

  • Digitally sign the application at the bottom.

  • Click the Finalize button on the right.

  • Your web browser will give you an option to download as a pdf.

  • Apply using Accela and upload the saved pdf as an attachment to your Accela application.  For help, click the links to the right on this web page.

Accela Guide with Illustrations (pdf)

Buildings and New Construction (zoning clearance permit)

  • Commercial

    • New commercial

  1. Fill out the Load Data Sheet, save as a pdf, then upload the pdf in Accela.

  2. Apply using Accela

  • Interior upfits to a commercial building

  1. Fill out the Load Data Sheet, save as a pdf, then upload the pdf in Accela.

  2. Apply using Accela

  • Fire equipment

  1. Apply using Accela

  • Residential

    • New house (residential)

      1. Fill out the Application

      2. Digitally sign the application at the bottom.

      3. Click the Finalize button on the right.

      4. Your web browser will give you an option to download as a pdf.

      5. Apply using Accela and upload the saved pdf as an attachment to your Accela application.  For help, click the links to the right on this web page.

    • Other types of residential construction (accessory structures, sheds, decks, covered porches, pools)

      • Fill out the Application

      • Digitally sign the application at the bottom.

      • Click the Finalize button on the right.

      • Your web browser will give you an option to download as a pdf.

      • Apply using Accela and upload the saved pdf as an attachment to your Accela application.  For help, click the links to the right on this web page.

Accela Step-by-step Guide (pdf)

 

 

 

Accela Guide with Illustrations (pdf)

Development Review Committee Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure of the City of Concord Development Review Committee

 

Grading Application

Application for Sedimentation & Erosion Control for Grading Less Than 1 Acre

 

Home Occupation Permit Application

  1. Fill out this Home Occupation Permit Application, save as a pdf, and submit the pdf in Accela.

  2. If applicable, fill out the Home Occupation Sign Permit Application, save as a pdf, and submit the pdf in Accela.

  3. Apply using Accela

 

Land Use Plan Amendment Application

  1. Fill out this application, save as a pdf, and submit the pdf in Accela.

  2. Apply using Accela

  3. And deliver an original signed copy to our office

 

Preliminary and Final Plats (for subdivisions)

Apply using Accela

 

Site Plan (civil engineering plans for new construction and subdivisions)

Apply using Accela

 

Special Use Permit Application

  1. Fill out this application, save as a pdf, and submit the pdf in Accela.

  2. Apply using Accela

  3. And deliver an original signed copy to our office.

 

Signs (Permanent Signs)

  • Fill out the Application

  • Digitally sign the application at the bottom.

  • Click the Finalize button on the right.

  • Your web browser will give you an option to download as a pdf.

  • Apply using Accela and upload the saved pdf as an attachment to your Accela application.  For help, click the links to the right on this web page.

Note:  All permanent signs must be displayed in accordance with the ordinance.

See this brochure for more information about the sign ordinance.

Accela Step-by-step Guide (pdf)

 

Accela Guide with Illustrations (pdf)

Temporary Sign Registration (a sign permit is not necessary, but a no-fee registration is required for most temporary signs):


    Type 1 Signs
   

For yard signs (Type 1 - such as a yard sale sign, real estate sign, political campaign sign), no registration or permit is required.  There is a maximum of one sign per parcel.

   
   
Type 1 Signs Type 1 Signs Type 1 Signs
   

For either a banner sign (Type 2), development activity sign (Type 3), sandwich board sign (Type 4), or temporary wall sign:

  1. Register the temporary sign here (no fee is required)

  2. The system will provide an option for you to keep a copy of the registration for your records.

Note:  All temporary signs must be displayed in accordance with the ordinance.

See this brochure for more information about the sign ordinance.

 

Temporary Use Permit Application

  • Fill out the Application

  • Digitally sign the application at the bottom.

  • Click the Finalize button on the right.

  • Your web browser will give you an option to download as a pdf.

  • Apply using Accela and upload the saved pdf as an attachment to your Accela application.  For help, click the links to the right on this web page.

 

Text Amendment Application

Fill out this application, save as a digital file, and e-mail back to planning@concordnc.gov, or turn in at the Planning Department office at the City Hall.

 

Zoning Map Amendment Application

  1. Fill out this application, save as a pdf, and submit the pdf in Accela.

  2. Apply using Accela

  3. And deliver an original signed copy to our office.

 

Zoning Verification Letters

Apply using Accela

Accela Step-by-step Guide (pdf)

 

Accela Guide with Illustrations (pdf)

 

Zoning Ordinance

 

Search for a Permit

 

Sewer Allocation Policy (click here for additional information)