PO BOX 3729
225 E Weatherspoon St
Sanford, NC 27331




Appearance Commission of Sanford To formulate aesthetic, scenic and visual standards for the City upon approval of the City Council, to develop and sponsor events, conduct inspections, and assessments and to make recommendations to the City Council regarding urban design and enhancement. Further, the Appearance Commission shall plan and develop initiatives, particularly within the city's corridors and gateways that promote visual quality of Sanford.

Board of Adjustment Hears and decides appeals from any review, order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official charged with enforcement of the UDO. Also, reviews requests for Variances and Special Use Permits.

Historic Preservation Commission of Sanford Sanford/Lee County Development provides staff support for The Sanford Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). The HPC works to protect Sanford’s architectural heritage by nominating properties and districts to the National Register of Historic Places, and establishing local historic districts where residents desire protection of their neighborhood’s historic resources. Sanford has four National Register Historic Districts, Downtown Sanford, Rosemount McIver Park, Hawkins Avenue, and Lee Avenue. Property owners in National Register Districts are eligible for state and federal tax credits for substantial rehabilitation projects, which are approved in advance by the State Historic Preservation Office. Sanford’s two Local Historic Districts are Downtown Sanford and Rosemount McIver Park. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the West End Conference Room, City Hall.

Housing Appeals Board of Sanford Provides a process whereby owners or occupants of residential structures may appeal decisions of the Building Inspector concerning orders issued for repair or demolition and public health nuisance abatement. The four members and one alternate member of the Board of Adjustment who are appointed by the City Council are designated to serve as the Housing Appeals Board for the Building Inspection jurisdiction of the City.

Joint Planning Commission To introduce text amendments, plans (such as but not limited to: Comprehensive, Transportation, Small Area) providing for a smoother process for the separate government entities of the county in consideration of adoption of said amendments and plans. This board is composed of representatives from Sanford, Lee County and Broadway.

Planning Board Makes studies and recommend plan policies, and ordinances relating to growth and development and to make recommendations concerning proposed land use ordinance and zoning map amendments.


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The Unified Development Ordinance can now be browsed online.

Online permits, plan reviews, & inspections are now available for Sanford/Lee County.