Building Departments in Asheville, North Carolina

There are 4 Building Departments in Asheville, North Carolina, serving a population of 89,318 people in an area of 46 square miles. There is 1 Building Department per 22,329 people, and 1 Building Department per 11 square miles.

In North Carolina, Asheville is ranked 108th of 959 cities in Building Departments per capita, and 96th of 959 cities in Building Departments per square mile.

List of Asheville Building Departments

Find Asheville, North Carolina building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections.


Asheville Building Department 161 South Charlotte Street Asheville, NC

Asheville Permits 161 South Charlotte Street Asheville, NC

Buncombe County Permits 30 Valley Street Asheville, NC

Buncombe County Planning Department 46 Valley Street Asheville, NC

About the Asheville Building Department

Building Departments in Asheville, NC are responsible for ensuring safe construction of buildings located in their jurisdictions. Building Departments create building codes and standards for building construction to ensure building safety. The Asheville DOB is involved in all aspects of construction, including zoning laws, design requirements, building materials, trade and professional license regulation.

You may contact the Building Department for questions about:
  • Asheville, North Carolina building inspection records
  • Contractor license searches
  • Asheville building codes
  • Building permit violations, appeals, and fines
  • Construction permits and building ordinances
  • Asheville, NC zoning laws and requirements

Asheville Building Structure & Housing Statistics

Find Asheville Residential Housing Units, Occupied Residential Buildings, Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year, Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics, Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics, and Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics. Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2017 ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Asheville Residential Housing Units
 AshevilleBuncombe County
Total Housing Units43,856119,412
Occupied Housing Units39,697 (90.5%)105,407 (88.3%)
Asheville Occupied Residential Buildings
 AshevilleBuncombe County
Single-Family Detached Homes22,070 (55.6%)65,558 (62.2%)
Single-Family Attached Homes1,351 (3.4%)3,185 (3.0%)
2 Apartments1,597 (4.0%)2,617 (2.5%)
3 or 4 Apartments2,934 (7.4%)4,192 (4.0%)
5 to 9 Apartments3,961 (10.0%)5,277 (5.0%)
10 or More Apartments6,259 (15.8%)8,432 (8.0%)
Mobile Home or Other Type of Housing1,525 (3.8%)16,146 (15.3%)
Asheville Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year
 AshevilleBuncombe County
2014 or Later334 (0.8%)1,196 (1.1%)
2010 to 20131,479 (3.7%)3,961 (3.8%)
2000 to 20095,109 (12.9%)18,436 (17.5%)
1980 to 19999,928 (25.0%)34,697 (32.9%)
1960 to 19799,003 (22.7%)23,839 (22.6%)
1940 to 19595,993 (15.1%)11,921 (11.3%)
1939 or Earlier7,851 (19.8%)11,357 (10.8%)
Asheville Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics
 AshevilleBuncombe County
1 Room5,241 (13.2%)7,204 (6.8%)
2 or 3 Rooms4,114 (10.4%)7,997 (7.6%)
4 or 5 Rooms13,710 (34.5%)37,569 (35.6%)
6 or 7 Rooms10,793 (27.2%)33,844 (32.1%)
8 or More Rooms5,839 (14.7%)18,793 (17.8%)
Asheville Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics
 AshevilleBuncombe County
No Bedroom5,330 (13.4%)7,313 (6.9%)
1 Bedroom4,315 (10.9%)6,712 (6.4%)
2 or 3 Bedrooms25,318 (63.8%)75,723 (71.8%)
4 or More Bedrooms4,734 (11.9%)15,659 (14.9%)
Asheville Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics
 AshevilleBuncombe County
With Complete Plumbing Facilities39,593 (99.7%)105,110 (99.7%)
With Complete Kitchen Facilities39,226 (98.8%)104,535 (99.2%)