The zoning division of Planning and Development is responsible for current zoning activities and ordinance enforcement in the unincorporated areas of Cabarrus.


Zoning affects all structure and land use throughout Cabarrus. Accordingly, no structure shall be erected, reconstructed, moved or structurally altered nor shall any structure or land be used except in compliance with both the general and applicable district regulations or the zoning ordinance. Zoning division staff are responsible for issuing permits to ensure new structures, additions, uses and businesses are in compliance with the applicable zoning district standards. If you are thinking about building a new home, adding on to your current home, building a garage or storage building, installing a swimming pool or starting a business from your home, contact the zoning division for the appropriate permitting requirements.

Site Plan Review

Zoning division staff are responsible for facilitating the site plan review process. Site plan review is typically required for any development not considered single family detached residential or considered an accessory use to a single family detached residential unit. To find out if site plan review is required for a project you would like to propose in Cabarrus County, contact zoning.

Zoning Enforcement

Zoning ordinances establish minimum standards to meet for properties located in unincorporated Cabarrus. These standards help make the County a better place to live, work and do business. When the zoning ordinance is not met or on site activities were not properly permitted, a zoning violation and zoning complaint may be filed. Once a complaint is filed and verified as such, zoning enforcement staff have the authority to issue a zoning violation and enforce penalties for non-compliance with the ordinance.

Customer Service

Zoning staff are responsible for assisting customers in person and on the phone.


If you have questions about any zoning division function, call 704-920-2141.

Septic System Site Evaluation Information ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Soil evaluations are performed by Health Alliance staff to determine suitability of a proposed site for ground absorption sewage disposal. Septic inspections are also performed on existing septic systems for the purpose of acquiring a building permit for structural additions, new mobile homes, swimming pools, etc. For customer convenience, applications for CHA site evaluations may be submitted through Planning and Development.
For additional information about the site evaluations contact:
300 Mooresville Road
Kannapolis NC 28081
Office 704-920-1207
Fax 704-933-3379