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New Hanover County is made up of five municipalities, however only the unincorporated area is governed by New Hanover County. Each municipality has their own planning and land use regulations.
Please view our parcel map to view the township boundaries.
New Hanover County Planning and Land Use does not issue or review permits. For general help or inquires regarding your permit you can call the COAST help line. For general FAQ's please visit Building Safety's webpage.
You can apply for a building permit through our COAST portal.
If you need assistance navigating COAST, please contact Development Services.
New Hanover County does not maintain or own any roads in the unincorporated area.
NCDOT Public Street Information Map
The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) serves as the local transportation planning entity.
For more information regarding long term projects please visit the WMPO website.
Each parcel is zoned for a specific use and are bound by zoning regulations. Our UDO outlines each zone and the associated uses. To change the zoning classification of a parcel or property, it must go through a public legislative process called a rezoning.