The Planning Department staff is responsible for both the current and long-range planning functions of the City of Gastonia. These responsbilities encompass zoning, permitting and enforcement, comprehensive and small area planning and design, rezoning and other public hearing processes, as well as, coordination of local historic districts and other design and development review processess. Further, the Planning Department serves as a significant resources to other City departments and divisions in the realm of concept visualization and GIS mapping & analysis. 
What's Zoning?
Zoning Services include information about land use, zoning permits, occupancy permits, setbacks, sign permits, variances, complaints, and flood plain administration.*
(*Any fill within the FEMA regulatory floodplain or floodway requires City Council approval.)
Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
The Unified Development Ordinance is available in the Quick Links section to the right. Users are strongly advised to NOT make any investment decisions based solely on the information in the zoning ordinance. View the ordinance at this link. 
Public Hearings
Public hearings are held for rezoning, conditional rezoning, conditional use permits, special exceptions to the flood hazard overlay, variance requests, comprehensive plan amendments, and ordinance amendments.  Please contact the Planning Department's main line at 704.854.6652 for more information on these public hearings. View the planning agendas and meeting minutes at this link.

For more information, see the Quick Links section to the right.


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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⟟ 181 S. South Street
Gastonia, NC 28052