Applications & Ordinances

Applications may be submitted through the COAST online permitting portal at or in person or by mail to the New Hanover County Planning & Land Use Department, located at 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 110.

Please see the Technical Review Committee (TRC), Board of Adjustment (BOA), and Planning Board schedules for application deadlines or reference the Administrative Manual for the New Hanover County unified Development Ordinance below.


At their September 8, 2020 meeting the New Hanover County Board of County Commissioners voted to adopt amendments to the unified development ordinance. Please see the below documents until the full document can be updated:

Unified Development Ordinance (September 8, 2020)

Zoning Map

For historic ordinances please contact the Planning and Land Use Department at 910-798-7165.

Planning and Land Use: 230 Government Center Dr, Suite 110 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7165 • Fax 910-798-7053