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911 CALLS

When do I call 911?

Citizens should call 911 for EMERGENCIES ONLY! An emergency is when IMMEDIATE POLICE, FIRE OR AMBULANCE assistance is necessary. For non emergency assistance or situations call 828-295-5210.


Abandoned Cars and Vehicles

Where do I report a problem involving abandoned/junk cars?

The Department of Planning and Inspections in conjunction with the Police Department work to rid Blowing Rock’s neighborhoods of unsightly or nuisance material. Call to report a problem involving abandoned/junk cars and someone will be sent to investigate.

If the car is on private property call Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240

If the car is on a street or in the right-of-way, call the Police 828 295-5210


Accessory Buildings and Structures

What permits do I need to build an accessory building or structure?

An Accessory Building is a building or structure on the same lot as the principal structure and has a character related to that building or is of a nature customarily incidental to or subordinate to that building. (Sheds, detached garages, trash enclosures, etc.)

  • Permits: Before beginning any construction project please contact the Department of Planning and Inspections. Zoning applications and Building applications are available at the office of Planning and Inspections located in Town Hall. A Building Permit from Planning and Inspections is required for any alterations and repairs to a structure. A Zoning Permit is required prior to the construction and/or installation of any accessory building or structure. Additional permits from the department may be required if electricity or plumbing is to be extended to the structure.

For specific information pertaining to use, height, or setbacks, please contact the Department of Planning and Inspections at 828 295-5240.


Accident Reports

Where do I go to get a copy of an accident report?

Copies of accident, incident and arrest reports are available at the Police Department. Copies are $2.00 each.

Police Department 828 295-5210


Address - Posting

Why is it necessary to post my house numbers?

Firefighters, emergency medical technicans and law enforcement may need to find your home quickly should an emergency occur. It is difficult to find homes and businesses with address numbers that are not properly posted.


Address Verification

Who assigns my house number?

The Town of Blowing Rock does not assign house numbers. This is done through your county of residence. Please contact Watauga County 828 265-8043 or Caldwell County 828 757-1300


Adult Programs

Does the Town offer Adult Programs?

Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation offers programs for people of all ages. Programs for adults include, but are not limited to bridge and tennis during the summer.

Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222.


Animal Control

How should I deal with loud animals?

For complaints dealing with dogs running loose or disturbances such as a loud barking dog: Contact the Police 828 295-5210

For all other inquires: Please contact the Watauga County Animal Control 828 262-1672 or Caldwell County Animal Control 828 757-8625


Annexation Application

Where can I get an Annexation Application Form?

Owners of land which are adjacent to the Town limits of Blowing Rock may apply for full annexation into the Town limits. An application for annexation is available at the Department of Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240.


Appearance Standards for Commercial Buildings

Where can I find information about Appearance Standards for Commercial Buildings?

The Town of Blowing Rock has certain appearance standards which have been enacted in order to preserve the mountain resort image of the community. The Appearance Standards for Commercial Buildings is a guide which describes roof lines, color, lighting, general landscaping, landscape buffer, sidewalks, utility lines, parking, trash containment, fences/walls, and vacated buildings. Further information is available at the Office of Planning and Inspections or can be downloaded by searching the Town Land Use Code, Article XVIII (B).

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Appliance Disposal

How can I dispose of large appliances?

Large disposable items, including appliances, mattresses, televisions, furniture, water heaters, etc. are picked up once a year, usually during May. The Town will schedule the date a month in advance. Do not put appliances out until the week of pickup, or you may be subject to a fine.

Discarded refrigerators, freezers or similar appliances with doors that pose an accidental trapping hazard MUST HAVE THE DOORS REMOVED before setting out for collection. For complete information, contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Art in the Park

Whom do I contact about Art In the Park?

Please contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828 295-7851.


Art in the Park - Vendor Application

How do I become a vendor at Art in the Park?

Contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828-295-7851.


Assessments

Where can I get information about town-levied assessments?

For information on town-levied assessments on properties within town limits, contact Town Hall. Examples of this type of levy would include sidewalk projects, sewer line extensions, other special projects.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Backflow Prevention Devices

Do I need to have backflow prevention devices?

Backflow prevention devices are required for all non-residential occupancies and for all lawn irrigation systems. The Department of Planning and Inspections is responsible for inspecting all backflow prevention devices in buildings. For questions or further information, please contact Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240

There are also backflow prevention devices located in the Town’s fire hydrants. For questions or further information, please contact Fire 828 295-5220.


Barking Dogs

How should I deal with Barking Dogs?

It is unlawful for a pet owner to allow a dog to habitually or continuously bark so as to be a nuisance or to disrupt the neighborhood. In many situations, a pet owner is unaware that a problem exists or that the barking is posing a problem for others. If possible, try talking to the neighbor first. If this is not an option, or for a repeated offense, contact the Police Department.

Police 828 295-5210


Blasting Permit

How do I obtain a Blasting Permit?

Before any type of blasting or demolition is to occur, a permit must be issued from the Department of Planning and Inspections. A blasting permit is available at the office of Planning and Inspections or can be downloaded from the list of applications/forms on this website.

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Blood Pressure Screening

Where can I get a free blood pressure screening?

The Blowing Rock Rescue Squad provides free blood pressure screening. Please call to make an appointment.

Emergency Services 828 295-5220


Board of Adjustment

What does the Board of Adjustment do?

The Board of Adjustment conducts public hearings and renders rulings on variances from the Town Code. The Board also hears any appeals to a decision made by the Zoning Administrator. The Board meets only when necessary on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Board of Commissioners (Town Council)

What are the responsibilities of the Board of Commissioners?

The Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners meet at 5:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Blowing Rock Town Hall. The meeting is shown on the Local Access channel at 7:00 p.m. on the Friday following the meeting. The Board of Commissioners is the policy-making body of the Town of Blowing Rock. It is made up of a mayor and five commissioners, all of whom are elected at-large. The Mayor serves a two year term and the Town Commissioners serve four year staggered terms. Filing for office occurs every two years during July with the deadline occurring at noon on the first Friday of August. Candidates file at the Courthouse in Boone with the Watauga Board of Elections 828 265-8061.

Requests to be placed on the agenda and appear before the Town Board of Commissioners must be made in writing to Town Hall on the fourth Monday of the month preceding the next meeting. If a concern is specific in nature and would not be a policy-type issue, citizens are encouraged to contact the appropriate Town department or Town Hall 828 295-5200.

Further information about the Board of Commissioners is available under Town Government on this website.


Boards and Commissions

May I participate in the various processes of local government?

Citizens are encouraged to participate in the various processes of local government and to apply for appointment to serve on the Town's boards and commissions. A list of available positions may be obtained from Town Hall or on our website. Interested citizens would submit a letter expressing interest and a resume detailing relevant experience or knowledge for the board in question to the Town Manager or Town Clerk.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Buffers

What do I need to know about buffers?

Buffers are required to be left undisturbed and maintained in a healthy state. If any vegetation within a required buffer dies, it is to be replaced in accordance with ordinance requirements. Periodic inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with these regulations. Removal of or damage to a buffer can result in fines. For further information on buffers, contact the Department of Planning and Inspections.

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Building Inspections

What amount does the dollar value of the proposed work have to be before I need a permit?

There is no dollar amount specified when requiring building permits. The NC Administration and Enforcement Requirements Code, section 301.1 reads as follows: “No person may commence or proceed with: (1) The construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal, or demolition of any building; (2) The installation, extension, or general repair of any plumbing system; (3) The installation, extension, or general repair of any heating or cooling system; or (4) The installation, extension, or general repair of any electrical wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment without first securing from the Inspection Department with jurisdiction over the site of the work each permit required by the NC State Building Codes and other State and local law or local ordinance or regulation applicable to the work.” (General Statute 153A-357 and 160A-417)


Building Permit - Expiration

When does my building permit expire?

A permit expires six (6) months after the date of issuance if the work authorized by the permit has not commenced. The permit also expires if, after commencement, the work is discontinued for a period of twelve (12) months.


Building Permits/Inspections

What should I know about building permits?

Building regulations and the Minimum Housing Code are administered by the Department of Planning and Inspections. Permits are required for general construction to erect, enlarge, alter, remove, demolish or repair a structure. This includes storage sheds, decks, porches, attic or basement conversion, additions, insulation, commercial construction, signs, and any other substantial additions to a building. Applications can be obtained from the office or can be downloaded from the Helpful Links on this website.

  • Electrical permits are required for the installation of new electrical service equipment, existing service relocation, and service increases, as well as interior and exterior fixed appliances and equipment connections.
  • Mechanical permits are required for replacement, repair or alteration of mechanical systems in structures including gas lines, logs, lights, grills, heating, air conditioning, ventilation systems, and propane tanks.
  • Plumbing permits are required for all plumbing work including water service, drains, water mains, sewage disposal systems, irrigation systems, and related fixtures and appliances.

Connections to public utilities (water and sewer) require payment of connection fees. This can be done by contacting Town Hall 828 295-5200

Other types of work not included above may also need a permit. Before starting any building or repair project, contact Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Bulk Water Use

Do I need a permit to use bulk water?

Bulk water use is closely monitored through a permit system. Contact Town Hall for a permit and hydrant meter for street cleaning or tank filling bulk uses. Also a permit is needed to "blow off" water mains or for flow testing. Unauthorized or non-permitted connection to the Town's water system for use of bulk water is subject to a fine.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Bulky Item Pick-Up

When will the Town pick up bulky items?

Bulky items include lamps, telephones, small hand appliances, clothes, buckets, plastic containers. Place at the curb (yard side) for collection on the same day as your household garbage. Miscellaneous items resulting from cleaning your garage, attic, storage shed, or closet are picked up with your regular garbage. The Town does not pick up construction material debris.

The extent of such Town collection service shall not include major deposits of unwanted or abandoned furniture, appliances or incidentals related to construction projects. The Town picks up items such as these once a year usually during May. The Town will schedule the date a month in advance. Do not put this type of trash out until the week of pickup or you may be subject to a fine. For more information, contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Burning Permit

May I burn residential or commercial trash?

The burning of residential or commercial trash is prohibited within Town limits by the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission and Town ordinance. However, a Burning Permit may however be obtained for vegetative debris. Please call the Blowing Rock Police Department for a Burning Permit.

Police Department 828 295-5210


Business License

Do I need a license to operate a business?

To operate a business, trade, profession, calling, occupation, selling or offering for sale of articles, goods or services within the corporate limits of the Town of Blowing Rock, one must obtain a Business/Privilege License from Town Hall. This is an annual tax on the privilege of doing business within the Town's jurisdiction. The Town is not a licensing agency for any trade or profession. These licenses are valid from July 1 to June 30 of each year. Fees vary according to the type of business. The terms Business License, Schedule B License, and Privilege License are used interchangeably. For more information, contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5240


Cable TV Complaints

How can I solve problems about cable television service?

To resolve problems or make comments about cable television service, call your service provider first. Charter Communities 828 264-9411

If the company does not respond satisfactorily, contact the Town Manager at Town Hall 828 295-5200


Camping

Does the Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation have a campground?

No, the Town does not own a campground. However, you may call the Price Lake Campground at 828 963-5911.


Carbon Monoxide Detector

Should I have a Carbon Monoxide detector for my home?

If you use any type of heat that burns fuel (wood, gas, propane) you should install a CO detector.

Emergency Service Department 828 295-5220


Cemetery

Is there a town cemetery?

The Town owns and operates Woodlawn Cemetery located off Highway 321 close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Questions regarding lot sales or any other comments or questions should be directed to Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Child Safety Seat Installation

How can I install my child safety seat properly?

The Town provides the service of proper child safety seat installation for personal vehicles. Please call to make an appointment.

Emergency Services 828 295-5220


Christmas in the Park

When is Christmas in the Park?

Christmas in the Park is always the Friday following Thanksgiving. Activities begin late afternoon and continue until 9:00 p.m. The Lighting of the Town takes place at 5:30 p.m.

Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


Christmas Tree Pick-up

Will the Town of Blowing Rock pick up Christmas Trees?

Yes. The Town will start picking up Christmas trees right after New Years, until the end of January. You will need to place the tree at the roadside at the same location you have your garbage picked up. Please do not include it in your regular garbage.

Public Works 828 295-5200


Clearing Permit

Do I need a permit to clear substantial materials from a lot?

Yes. In order for a clearing permit to be issued, a zoning permit and application must first be filed. However, if the problem only pertains to tree removal, then only a clearing permit is necessary. These forms can be obtained from this website at Helpful Links, Applications and Forms.


Comments/Compliments/Complaints

What should I do if I have Comments, Compliments or Complaints?

For general complaints or if department is unknown, contact Town Hall 828 295-5200


Commercial Design Standards

Where can I get Commercial Design Standards?

The Town of Blowing Rock has a set of standards for the design of commercial locations. For information pertaining to the town’s codes, please contact the Department of Planning and Inspections. Information is also available on-line in the Land Use Code, Article XVIII (B).


Conditional Use Permit

Where can I get a conditional use permit?

A conditional use permit is issued by the Board of Commissioners. This authorizes the recipient to make use of the property in accordance with the requirements of the Town Land Use Code, as well as any additional requirements imposed by the Board of Commissioners. For further information and an application for a conditional use permit, please contact the office of Planning and Inspections. This application can also be downloaded from Helpful Links, Applications and Forms.

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Construction - Work Hours

When are construction work hours?

The Town of Blowing Rock has set the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week as permissible for construction work. This includes, but is not limited to hammering, power saws, heavy equipment, delivery trucks, and construction vehicles or equipment associated with a construction site.


Construction Drawings

Are construction drawings required for all new development projects?

Construction drawings are required for all new development projects in Blowing Rock.


Construction Inspections

What level are construction inspections performed on?

Construction inspections are performed on all "ground-level and under" infrastructure by the Department of Planning and Inspections.

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Crime Prevention

Where can I get information and instruction about crime prevention?

Officers are available to give information and instruction on a number of important items pertaining to retail. Some of the issues which are regularly addressed are how to spot and approach potential shoplifters, identifying bad, stolen, or altered checks, counterfeit bills, credit card fraud, and instruction on how to deal with checks that bounce. Also if you have a specific question or concern, the Police Department will assist you. There are no specific class times and appointments can be usually be made at your convenience. Those who are new to the retail business are urged to participate.

Police 828 295-5210


Curb and Gutter

Where can I request the repair and installation of curb and gutter?

To request the repair and/or installation of curb and gutter, contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


DARE

What is the DARE program about ?

The Blowing Rock Police Department participates in the DARE program. Classes are taught during the Spring Quarter at the Blowing Rock School. Officers conduct visitation classes in Kindergarten through 4th grade and the core class is taught in the 5th grade. The DARE program teaches about drug prevention, violence, self-esteem, peer pressure, and personal safety. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Police Department.

Police 828 295-5210


Dead Animals

How do I report a dead animal on a Town street?

The State maintained streets within the Town limits of Blowing Rock area are Highway 321 by-pass, Goforth Road, Wonderland Drive and Globe Road. Reports on these roads should be reported to the NC Department of Transportation at 828 265-5378. On Town streets, please call 828 295-5200.


Demolition Permits

Do I need a permit for demolition?

Yes. The demolition form can be found in Helpful Links, Applications and Forms on this website.

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Development Review Schedule

In which department can I get information about development review?

There are specific development review and approval processes for new development. Detailed submittal deadlines and schedules for each of the review and approval processes are available by contacting the Department of Planning and Inspections.


Development Standards

What are standards and requirements for new development projects?

Standards and requirements for new development projects in Blowing Rock include ordinances, standards and policies. For information on development standards, contact the Department of Planning and Inspections.


Discolored water

Why is my water sometimes yellow or cloudy?

This is a result of a break in the water line. Dirt and air may enter the water line when repairs are performed. The problem is corrected by flushing the lines.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Drainage

What should I do if there is any problem with drainage?

Storm drainage systems within Town street right-of-ways are maintained by the Town. Storm drainage systems outside Town street right-of-ways are the responsibility of the property owner.

For public right-of-way maintenance issues and to report clogged, non-functioning or damaged storm drains, contact Town Hall. Do not place grass clippings, leaves, brush, etc. in the street curb/gutter area that would restrict water flow. This will assist in preventing clogged drainage arteries.

For other questions regarding drainage, contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Drainage, Storm Sewer or Backwater Easements

Do I have any responsibility for maintaining drainage, storm sewer or backwater easements?

  • Drainage, Storm Sewer or Backwater Easements

    These areas vary in width and are used to convey stormwater runoff from properties upstream to properties downstream. For the exact location and dimensions of a drainage or storm sewer easement on your property, refer to your property survey or the recorded plat for your subdivision. Drainage and storm sewer easement maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner. Maintenance by the homeowner is important, especially keeping larger vegetation cleared so as not to block or hamper the conveyance of storm runoff. Such easements may contain a channel covered in grass, concrete or rip rap; a wetland area; a natural creek; an underground pipe or an undefined "natural" channel. During heavy rains, water will flow outside drainage channels, creeks, easements, etc. and overflow into yards. Fences running perpendicular into these easements are discouraged, as they block the conveyance of storm runoff. If you notice a problem with drainage pipes, contact Town Hall at 828 295-5200.


  • Drinking Water

    Is the water safe to drink?

    The Blowing Rock Water Treatment Plant consistently meets or exceeds all EPA and State requirements for drinking water. The water is constantly monitored for turbidity, pH and chlorine. The water is very safe to drink.

    Water Plant 828 295-5225


    Driveway Connections

    What should I do if I need a driveway or connecting road?

    Plans for new driveways and/or connecting roads to town streets must be approved by Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240

    For information pertaining to construction please contact Town Hall 828 295-5200

    For changes or maintenance related to state maintained roads, please call the North Carolina Department of Transportation 828 265-5380


    Easements

    What do I need to know about Easements?

    Easements and Rights-of-Ways are necessary for the provision of certain public services. To request additional information or a Fact Sheet on Easements and Rights-of-Way for the Homeowner, contact Town Hall at 828-295-5200.


    Electrical Permits

    What are electrical permits for?

    Electrical permits are required for the installation of new electrical service equipment, existing service relocation, and service increases, as well as interior and exterior fixed appliances and equipment connections.


    Emergency (Fire/Medical/Police)

    How do I report an emergency?

    To report fires, accidents, crimes and medical emergencies, call 911. The computerized 911 system pinpoints the location of the caller so appropriate emergency personnel can be dispatched.

    Call 911


    Employment

    Where can I get a list of available positions with the Town?

    A list of available positions with the Town of Blowing Rock is available at the Town Hall or online.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Engineering Design and Construction Standards

    Where can I get information about Engineering Design and Construction Standards?

    Engineering Design and Construction Standards include criteria for new development and capital improvement projects. These standards are available from the Department of Planning and Inspections at 828 295-5240.


    Erosion and Sedimentation Control

    Which department should I contact if I have erosion and sedimentation control problems?

    For small scale problems which are under ˝ acre, please contact the Planning and Inspections Office at 828 295-5240.

    For larger scale problems over .5 acres, please contact the Watauga County Erosion Control Officer 828 265-8043


    Fences

    Do I need a permit for constructing a fence or wall?

    Yes. In order to construct a fence or wall, a request for a permit must be submitted. These forms are available at the office of Planning and Inspections or can be downloaded at Applications and Forms.


    Fire Department

    What does the Fire Department do?

    For fire or medical emergencies, call 911

    The Blowing Rock Fire Department is located on the corner of Park Avenue and Wallingford Road in the building complex along with the Police Department and Parks and Recreation. Services offered include:

    • Fire suppression, rescue, and hazardous material services to a 51 square mile area that includes the municipal limits and areas surrounding the Town;
    • Fire education programs on various aspects of public fire safety that are presented to any group free of charge;
    • Fire hydrant maintenance for all hydrants located in the fire district.

    Emergency Services 828 295-5220


    Fire - Inclement Weather Response

    How do the fire trucks get around when the roads get bad?

    The fire department keeps an eye on the weather and are prepared with cables and snow chains for the trucks.


    Fire - Related Damages

    Why are windows broken or holes cut in the roof during a fire?

    As a fire burns, it moves upward, then outward. Breaking the windows and/or cutting holes in the roof (called ventilation), slows the damaging outward movement, helps remove blinding smoke and high heat that causes flashover and enables firefighters to fight the fire more efficiently. The result of this action is less damage to the structure in the long run. This procedure also reduces the risk of serious injury to firefighters.


    Fire - Response

    I burnt a pie in the oven and my alarm system dispatched the fire department. I called the fire department and told them not to come and they still came. Why?

    If the fire department is dispatched, we must continue to the scene until cancelled by a fire officer. Even if you call and tell us "it is just a burnt pie", we will continue to the scene routine (no lights and siren) to check everything out and obtain paperwork. There have been incidences where the home owner thought there was no fire and in reality there was smoldering ash or fire in the wall or attic.


    Fire - Vehicle Response

    Why does the fire department run more than one truck to a fire alarm?

    When the fire department is dispatched to a fire call we have a standard procedure to roll trucks in a certain order. The trucks will continue to roll until we determine what type fire we have. If the first arriving truck determines that no further units are needed, they can cancel further response.


    Fire Alarms - Permits

    Do I need fire protection permits for fire alarms?

    Yes. Fire protection permits are required for new construction projects including fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire suppression systems for cooking operations, blasting permits, demolition permits, and tank removal. For more information contact the Emergency Services Department.

    Emergency Services 828 295-5220


    Fire Hydrant - Markers

    What are the red and white markers on fire hydrants?

    The markers attached to our hydrants are reflective and help firefighters locate hydrants quicker in the dark and locate hydrants if we have a deep snow and cannot see the hydrant.


    Fire Hydrant - Repairs

    How can I report a damaged fire hydrant?

    To report a damaged fire hydrant in need of repair, call Town Hall.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Fire Hydrant and Valve Assistance

    May I open a Fire Hydrant by myself?

    No. Town policies require that only town employees operate hydrants and valves on the water system. There are fines for unauthorized operation.

    For information on water valves and the Town’s water system, please contact Town Hall 828 295-5200.


    Fire Prevention and Health Programs

    What educational programs does the Fire Department provide?

    The Blowing Rock Fire Department provides a number of different educational programs for different age groups. Some of the special programs include Fire Prevention Week and Emergency Fest. Other programs within the department do not have a specific time when they are presented, however a program can be scheduled upon request. The following are the most popular programs which the Fire Department provides.

    Fire Inspector 828 295-5220

    • Buckle Bear - for children in an effort to remind them to buckle up while in an automobile
    • CPR classes - for all ages
    • Learn Not to Burn - for Kindergarten through 8th graders pertaining to Fire Prevention
    • Remembering When - for older adults pertaining to Fire and Fall Prevention


    Fire Prevention Inspections

    When are Fire Prevention Inspections performed?

    Fire Prevention Inspections are performed on set schedules prescribed by the NC State Building Code and are administered by the Fire Department. Inspections are mandated on existing commercial buildings. For more information, contact the Fire Department.

    Fire Inspector 828 295-5231


    Fire Report

    How can I get a copy of a fire report?

    NC GS Chapter 58 Article 7-45 states that the fire department must forward a copy of the call report to the county fire marshal. At the request of any person, the county fire marshal shall provide such person a certified copy of the report.

    Emergency Services 828 295-5220


    Flood Zone

    Do I need to have flood insurance?

    The Town of Blowing Rock Floodplain Ordinance regulates development in flood-prone areas. In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes specific flood zone determinations for higher risk areas. The purpose of this determination is to designate areas in which flood insurance is required. For further questions or information concerning flood zones, please contact the Department of Planning and Inspections.


    For Sale Signs

    How big can my For Sale Sign be?

    For Sale Signs are allowed on a property for sale and are limited in size to 4 square feet in all zoning districts, with the exception of the General Business District. In this district, 16 square feet is the maximum.


    Furniture Disposal

    How can I dispose of my furniture, leaves, brush, and other bulky items?

    Bulky items include lamps, telephones, small hand appliances, clothes, buckets, plastic containers. Place at the curb (yard side) for collection on the same day as your household garbage. Miscellaneous items resulting from cleaning your garage, attic, storage shed, or closet are picked up with your regular garbage. The Town does not pick up construction material debris. Residents that contract with licensed arborists or tree removal services shall be solely responsible for hauling and disposing of tree trimming and brush. The Town will not haul debris from these activities.

    The extent of such Town collection service shall not include major deposits of unwanted or abandoned furniture, appliances or incidentals related to construction projects. The Town picks up items such as these at least once a year. The Town will schedule the date or dates a month in advance. Do not put this type of trash out until the week of pickup, or you may be subject to a fine. For more information on additional pickup(s) at a cost to the resident, contact Town Hall.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Garbage Bills

    When will I receive my garbage bill?

    The Town of Blowing Rock sends out invoices for water, sewer and garbage bills (utility bills) bi-monthly. These are mailed during the last week of the month for the previous two month's service based on usage. The full amount is due approximately 30 days from the date of the bill.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Garbage Collection

    When will residential garbage be collected?

    The Town of Blowing Rock provides once a week residential curbside collection. Residential trash is picked up on either Monday or Tuesday depending upon the location of the residence. The Town also provides commercial garbage collection three times a week with pick-up days on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For any questions or further information, please contact Town Hall.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

    In which department can I get information about GIS?

    The Town zoning maps and a variety of other information is available for the public through the Town’s website at GIS.


    Halloween Festival

    When is the Halloween Festival?

    The Halloween Festival is scheduled for the last Saturday in October each year. Check the Town website closer to October for a detailed schedule of events.

    Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


    Hazardous Waste

    What items are considered hazardous waste?

    Some items are not appropriate for disposal in a sanitary landfill and should not be included in your curbside container. Items like pesticides, herbicides, used motor oil, antifreeze, solvents, thinners, pool chemical containers, etc. are considered "hazardous households wastes." Town policy prohibits the pick up of these items. Please contact the Watauga County Sanitation Office for further information.

    Watauga County Sanitation Office 264-5305


    Home Occupation Permit

    What types of home occupations and activities are permitted?

    Certain types of home occupations and activities are permitted in residential neighborhoods. Please call the Planning and Inspection office for verification.


    Home Occupations

    Do I need approval to run a business out of my home?

    Yes. Certain types of home businesses are not allowed in the residential zoning districts. A permit is required prior to establishing a home occupation.

    Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


    Horseback Riding

    What is the number for the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve?

    The phone number for the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve is 828/295-4700.


    Hospitals

    If I have an emergency and need an ambulance, what hospital will I be taken to?

    There are two hospitals that serve our area, Blowing Rock Hospital and Watauga Medical Center. It is the patient's choice where he/she will be taken. If the patient is unable to answer the family can express hospital choice. If the patient is unable to answer, and no family is present, EMS personnel will determine the proper location depending on the type of medical condition and location.


    House Numbers

    If my street numbers are not posted how do I find out what my house number is?

    You can contact Elaine Griffith with Watauga County Planning and Inspections Department and she can determine the street numbers that you should have posted at your home or business.

    Watauga County Planning Department 828 265-8043


    House Numbers

    Who assigns my house number?

    The Town of Blowing Rock does not assign house numbers. This is done by the county. Please contact Watauga County 828 265-8043 or Caldwell County 828 757-1300


    House Numbers - Posting

    What are the requirements for posting house numbers?

    Address numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch. These numbers should contrast with their background and shall be placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the steet or road fronting the property. Post your numbers so they are large enough to be seen easily from the road. If the building is not clearly visible from the road, post numbers closer to the road near the driveway entrance. Be sure house numbers can be seen at night.

    Emergency Services 828 295-5220


    Inspections

    Who should I contact if I want to schedule an inspection or appointment?

    The Department of Planning and Inspections is responsible for building code inspections, zoning compliance, and buffer/landscape inspections. To schedule an appointment, contact Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240.

    To schedule inspections of water, sewer, drainage, streets, and all ground and below infrastructure, contact Town Hall 828 295-5200.

    To schedule an appointment pertaining to Fire Inspections, contact the Fire Inspector 828 295-5220.


    Irrigation/Sprinkler Systems

    Is there any thing that I need to know about Irrigation/Sprinkler Systems?

    Town policy requires all irrigation systems be equipped with a backflow prevention device and a separate irrigation/sprinkler meter. For more information, contact Town Hall.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Itinerant Merchant

    How can I report itinerant merchant?

    Peddling, soliciting, or acting as an itinerant merchant is strictly prohibited by the Town of Blowing Rock. No person may sell or display for sale any goods, wares, or merchandise within the right-of-way of any street or on any sidewalk adjacent thereto. For any complaints of this nature, contact the Police Department.

    Police 828 295-5210


    July 4th

    When is the Independence Day Parade and Fireworks?

    The Parade is held at 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday that is closest to July 4th. A detailed schedule of events will be available on the Town website closer to the event.

    Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


    Junk Cars and Vehicles

    How can I report junk cars and vehicles?

    The Department of Planning and Inspections in conjunction with the Police Department work to rid Blowing Rock’s neighborhoods of unsightly or nuisance material. If the car is on private property, call Planning and Inspections at 828 295-5240. If the car is on a street or in the right-of-way, call the Police at 828 295-5210


    Landfills

    How does the Town of Blowing Rock deal with garbage?

    Watauga County does operate a landfill, however it cannot support all of the trash that is produced by the Town of Blowing Rock, and other municipalities in the county. The Town of Blowing Rock transfers all garbage to the Watauga County Sanitation Office where some of the garbage is sent to another location.

    For questions pertaining to garbage pick-up - See Solid Waste Collection - Garbage

    For questions pertaining to the disposal of garbage, contact Watauga County Sanitation Office 264-5305 Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Lawn Sprinklers

    What do I need to know about lawn sprinklers?
    Irrigation/Sprinkler Systems

    Town policy requires all irrigation systems be equipped with a backflow prevention device and a separate irrigation/sprinkler meter. For more information, contact Town Hall.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Leash Law

    Do I need to leash my dogs and cats?

    Town ordinance requires that dogs and cats be under physical restraint, such as a leash, or in a secure fence while loose on the owner's property. Dogs and cats must always be under physical restraint off the owner's property. For more information, contact the Police Department.

    Police 828 295-5210


    Library

    What services are offered by the Blowing Rock Community Library?

    Blowing Rock has a library staffed by Community Club volunteers. The library is located on the corner of Main Street and Park Avenue and is adjacent to Town Hall. The library offers a preschool story time all year round on Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. During the summer, there is story time for Kindergarten through 5th graders from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. All visitors are welcome.

    Summer Hours (May - October) are Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Winter Hours (November - April) are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For further information contact the Blowing Rock Library 828 295-7000

    Internet access is not available at the Blowing Rock Library, however the Watauga County Library, located in Boone, has internet access. For further information please contact the Watauga County Library 828 264-8784


    Licenses-Business

    Do I need a license to operate a business?

    Yes. To operate a business, trade, profession, calling, occupation, selling or offering for sale of articles, goods or services within the corporate limits of the Town of Blowing Rock, one must obtain a Business/Privilege License from Town Hall. This is an annual tax on the privilege of doing business within the Town's jurisdiction. The Town is not a licensing agency for any trade or profession. These licenses are valid from July 1 to June 30 of each year. Fees vary according to the type of business. The terms Business License, Schedule B License, and Privilege License are used interchangeably. For more information, contact Town Hall.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Mayor

    What are the mayor's responsibilities?

    The Mayor, elected every two years, presides over meetings of the Board of Commissioners, and represents the Town at various civic, business, economic development and inter-governmental functions and ceremonies. The Mayor and the Board of Commissioners are responsible for establishing the general policies under which the Town operates. Appointments may be arranged with the Mayor by contacting him by phone. Further information about the Mayor is available under "Elected Officials" on this Website.

    Mayor 828 295-8072


    Mechanical Permits

    Do I need mechanical permits if I want to replace mechanical systems?

    Yes. Mechanical permits are required for replacement, repair or alteration of mechanical systems in structures including but not limited to gas lines, logs, lights, grills, and propane tanks and associated piping for flammable liquids, heating, air conditioning, cooling and ventilation systems.


    Mobile Homes

    Can I place a mobile home wherever I want?

    No. The placement of a mobile home is only permitted in the R-MH Zoning district. However, if you have a mobile home on your property, you may replace it with a newer and/or larger unit only if it does not violate or worsen setback restrictions and/or parking. However, it is necessary to get approval from the town. Before removing the existing home, purchasing a new home, or repairing/enlarging the existing structure, please contact the Department of Planning and Inspections at 828 295-5240.


    Motor Vehicle Accidents

    What is a reportable accident?

    A reportable accident is any accident where the damage to property exceeds $1000, an accident where personal injury has occurred, or an accident where one of the vehicles has fled the scene of the accident. Remember, if you are involved in any type of accident, you must stop & identify yourself to the person you are involved in the accident with. For more information contact the Police Department.

    Police Department 828 295-5210


    Motor Vehicle Accidents - Reporting

    What should I do if I am involved in an accident?

    First of all, you should contact the Police Department immediately. The police need to file a report if any item in reportable accidents applies to your accident.Try not to alter the scene of the accident. Have your driver's license and registration information ready and available for the officer when he arrives at the scene of the accident.

    Police Department 828 295-5210


    New Businesses

    What should I do if I would like to start a new business?

    For owners who are considering starting a new business, please contact the Town Hall, the Department of Planning and Inspections, and the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200 - Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240 - Chamber of Commerce 828 295-7851


    Noise Control

    How can I report noise?

    The Town of Blowing Rock recognizes that excessive and unnecessary noise endangers the physical and emotional health and welfare of people along with being a public nuisance. Construction noise cannot take place after 9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m. Raucous noise from a party or gathering in residential areas is prohibited after 11:00 p.m. For more information or to report a problem with noise occurring during these hours, contact the Police Department.

    Police Department 828 295-5210


    Off-Site Directional Signs

    Are Off-Site Directional Signs prohibited?

    Yes, off-site directional signs are prohibited.


    Parking

    Are vehicles allowed to park on public streets?

    On-street vehicle parking in Blowing Rock is allowed in marked spaces on public streets, unless the street is posted as "No Parking" or reserved. However there are time limits of either 15 minutes or 2 hours for most spaces, you will want to confirm if there is a time limit on the space you choose. To report a compliant concerning illegal parking, contact the Police Department.

    Police Department 828 295-5210


    Parks and Recreation - Eligibility for programs

    Who is eligible to participate in Parks and Recreation programs?

    Anyone is eligible to participate in Blowing Rock Parks programs, regardless of place of residence. A lower fee may be charged to Town taxpayers.

    Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


    Parks and Recreation Programs

    What programs are offered for 3-5 year-olds?

    Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation offers many programs for children in this age group such as Kinder T-ball, offered in the spring; Kinder Soccer, offered in the fall; and Kinder Basketball, offered in the winter.

    Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


    Parks and Recreation Rental of Facilities

    How do I reserve a Town Recreation Facility?

    Facilities available for rental include the Rotary Picnic Pavilion and the Broyhill Gazebo at Mayview Lake. To reserve a facility, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 828/295-5222. A deposit and user fee are charged to reserve facilities, and a facility use agreement must be completed.


    Parks and Recreation Youth Programs

    Does the Town offer programs for youth?

    Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation offers programs for people of all ages. Programs for youth include, but are not limited to Kinder programs for children ages 3-5 and Youth programs such as Jr. NBA basketball, and Summer Day Camp.

    Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


    Paving

    Who should I contact to repair existing paved roads?

    For information on the repair or resurfacing of existing paved roads, please contact Town Hall.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Peddlers

    Is an itinerant merchant allowed by the Town?

    Peddling, soliciting, or acting as an itinerant merchant is strictly prohibited by the Town of Blowing Rock. No person may sell or display for sale any goods, wares, or merchandise within the right-of-way of any street or on any sidewalk adjacent thereto. For any complaints of this nature contact the Police Department.

    Police 828 295-5210


    Pets

    Who do I need to contact if I want to report complaints about pets?

    For complaints dealing with dogs running loose or disturbances such as a loud barking dog: Contact the Police 828 295-5210

    For all other inquires: Please contact the Watauga County Animal Control 828 262-1672 or Caldwell County Animal Control 828 757-8625


    Planning and Zoning

    How can I find out what my property is zoned?

    The Planning Department is located at 1036 Main Street or you may access the Town's mapping system online under GIS.


    Planning Board - Meetings

    When does the Planning Board meet?

    The Planning Board typically meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall. An agenda will be available on this web site before the Planning Board meeting. Please refer to the Meeting Calendar for meeting dates and application deadlines.


    Planning Board Responsibilities

    What are the responsibilities of the Planning Board?

    The Planning Board is responsible for the review of all development proposals and other development-related requests. Although the Board has no judicial authority, the Board of Commissioners rely on the Planning Board to offer guidance in their decision making process. The meetings are open to the public and are held every third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Blowing Rock Town Hall. With the exception of a member representing the extra-territorial jurisdiction, all of the other Planning Board members must live in the town limits of Blowing Rock.

    Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


    Planning Director

    What are the responsibilities of the Director of Planning and Inspections?

    The Director of Planning and Inspections is responsible for review and analysis of sign permits, site plans, and conditional use permits, including the coordination of input from other Town departments. The Director is also extensively involved in the review and revision of the Town’s land use controls (land use plan, zoning code, subdivision code, sign code, etc.) as well as code enforcement. For questions pertaining to these matters, contact the Department of Planning and Inspections.


    Plumbing Permits

    Are plumbing permits required for all plumbing work?

    Yes. Plumbing permits are required for all plumbing work including, but not limited to, water service, drains, water mains, sewage disposal systems, irrigation systems, and related fixtures and appliances.


    Police Reports

    Where can I find copies of accident reports?

    Copies of accident, incident and arrest reports are available at the Police Department.

    Police 828 295-5210


    Pool

    Where is Robbin's Pool?

    Robbin's Pool is located on Clark Street by the Broyhill Park in Blowing Rock. It is open to the public. Daily admission or season passes are available. The pool is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and is heated to maintain a constant temperature.

    828 295-5224 or Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


    Pool Opening

    When will the Robbins Pool at Broyhill Park open for the season?

    The pool will open for the season on Memorial Day Weekend and will close Labor Day.

    Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


    Potholes

    How can I report potholes?

    Report potholes on Town-maintained streets to Town Hall 828 295-5200

    Report potholes on state-maintained roadways to the NCDOT Maintenance 828 265-5378


    Property Taxes

    When are property taxes due?

    In accordance with North Carolina law, the town levies property (ad valorem) taxes on July 1, the beginning of the town's fiscal year. These taxes are separate from those levied by Watauga County. The taxes are due on September 1, but interest does not accrue until the following January 6. These taxes are based on assessed values as defined by county tax assessors on January 1. The Town of Blowing Rock currently has a property (ad valorem) tax rate of twenty-eight cents (28 cents) per one hundred dollars of the property's value. The tax rate is based on an estimated total valuation of property for the purposes of taxation of $1,004,200,200 and an estimated collection rate of 97%.

    Town Hall is responsible for the collection of all property tax billings and assessments with the exception of Motor Vehicle Tax. This is assessed by your county of residence for citizens of Blowing Rock and collected by the county. For further information or questions pertaining to tax assessment, please contact Watauga County 828 265-8021 or Caldwell County 828 757-1321.

    For payment or more information, please contact Town Hall 828 295-5200.


    Recreational Spaces

    Where can I find recreation spaces in Town?

    The Town’s recreation spaces are open to the public and free of charge. Memorial Park offers a large playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, and sand volleyball. Broyhill and Annie Cannon Parks are passive recreation areas designed for walking and quiet activities. The following is a list of the Town’s green spaces and their location.

    • Blowing Rock Memorial Park-Main Street
    • Davant Ballfield-Clark Street
    • Broyhill Park-Laurel Lane
    • Annie Cannon Gardens-Laurel Lane
    The Town also has an outdoor swimming pool. It is open to the public. Daily admission or season passes are available. The pool is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and is heated to maintain a constant temperature.

    Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


    Recycling

    Is it mandatory that businesses participate in the Town’s recycling program?

    Within the Town of Blowing Rock, it is mandatory that businesses participate in the Town’s recycling program. As of July 1st, 2003, the town transferred the responsibilities of the Recycling Department to the Public Works - Sanitation Division. The Sanitation Division will collect cardboard only on a Wednesday-only schedule from businesses,then haul the recyclable materials to the County Recycling Center. Cardboard must be broken down flat to be available for pick up.

    Due to Town collection costs, all large volume commercial recycling customers (determined based on historical Town recycling collection volumes) will be required to contract privately for recycling collection. For further questions pertaining to the policies, please contact Town Hall.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Recycling- Residential

    What can I recycle?

    The Town of Blowing Rock contracts with GDS to provide Residential Curbside Recycling. Residential recycling is picked up on the east side of Hwy 321 on Thursday and on the west side of Hwy 321 on Friday. Please click here to view a complete list of the routes and what can/cannot be recycled. Please contact Town Hall for more information.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Rental Facilities

    What facility does Blowing Rock offer for special occasions?

    Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation offers several facilities for weddings, birthday parties, picnics, and other gatherings. Please contact the office of Parks and Recreation for further information.

    • The Rotary Picnic Pavilion, located by Davant Ballfield, seats 100 persons and is available for picnics, group meetings, wedding receptions, etc.
    • Broyhill Gazebo, by Mayview Lake, is available for small weddings.
    • Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Center, located in Memorial Park, is available for dances, parties and meetings.
    • The Robbins Pool at Broyhill Park may be reserved for pool parties during the summer season based on availability.

    Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


    Rental Facilities for Weddings or Parties

    How do I rent a facility for a wedding or party?

    Park facilities are reserved through the Parks and Recreation Department. For a fee, our gazebo at Broyhill Lake and the Rotary Picnic Pavilion at Davant Ballfield can be reserved.

    Parks and Recreation 828-295-5222


    Rescue Squad

    What are the responsibilities of the Rescue Squad?

    The Blowing Rock Rescue Squad responds to rescue and medical emergencies. The department is an EMT intermediate level service. Emergency transport to nearby hospitals is provided. Watauga Medic is a EMT paramedic level service and is the primary emergency transport provider for the Town.

    For further questions pertaining to rescue services which the Town provides, please contact Emergency Services 828 295-5220


    Rescue Squad

    What does the Rescue Squad do?

    For emergencies, call 911. For all other inquires contact Emergency Services at 828 295-5220.

    The Blowing Rock Rescue Squad responds to rescue and EMS emergencies. The Rescue Squad is a EMT intermediate level service. Emergency medical services include emergency transport services to Blowing Rock Hospital and Watauga Medical Center and primary first response services which provide initial patient care prior to an ambulance arrival. The Rescue Squad also provides free blood pressure screening and proper child safety seat installation. Please call for an appointment for both services at 828 295-5220.


    Returned Check Fee

    How much do I need to pay for a returned check?

    A fee of $25.00 will be assessed upon the return of the check or draft from the financial institution.


    Rezoning

    How can I change zoning?

    If you would like to use your property for a use not allowed in your current zoning district designation, you may be able to apply for a change in zoning which would give you the right for that use. Your change in zoning application is reviewed by the Planning Board for a recommendation before being presented to the Board of Commissioners for approval/disapproval at a Public Hearing. The form needed to initiate this process is available at the office of Planning and Inspections.

    Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


    Rights-of-Way

    What are Rights-of-Way?

    Rights-of way are areas that contain and run along public streets where underground utilities, roadways, sidewalks and private utility facilities are located. Rights-of-way typically include the street and sidewalk areas plus varying amounts of property on the outside of these two areas. Public streets and public underground utilities are maintained by the town. Refer to your property surveys for locations and dimensions. For additional information, contact Town Hall.

    Town Hall 828 295-5200


    Running Water

    Should we report running water in places not usually wet?

    Yes. Call Town Hall at 295-5200 during hours or the non-emergency Police number at 295-5210.


    Sanitary Sewer Easements

    What do I need to know about sanitary sewer or water line easements?

    These areas vary between 25 and 40 feet in width and contain one or more underground pipes and above-ground manholes. For the exact location and dimensions of sanitary sewer or water line easements on your property, refer to your property survey. Sanitary sewer and water lines and manholes are maintained by the town. The property contained within the easement will be minimally maintained for access by the town. Property owners who desire a higher quality lawn across sewer easement areas may handle maintenance of the area. In no event may fences or other structures be placed on sanitary sewer or waterline easements. Vegetation is restricted to low groundcovers, and this vegetation is to be maintained by the property owner and shall not restrict access by the town for inspection or maintenance activities. For questions about a sanitary sewer or water line easement, contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Sewer Blockage

What should I do when a sewage blockage occurs?

When a blockage occurs Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding holidays) contact Town Hall 828 295-5200

When a blockage occurs during non-office hours, contact the Police 828 295-5210

The Town will access the system to determine if the blockage is on the Town's side of the sewer line or the homeowner's side of the sewer line. The Town will clear blockages that occur on the Town's side of the sewer line (defined generally as the main sewer line, or the sewer service from the main sewer line to the sewer clean-out pipe). The sewer clean-out is typically a white, vertical, capped, 4" pvc pipe that is located at the edge of the right-of-way and provides direct access to the sewer system. Homeowners are responsible for blockages that occur in the portion of the sewer service located between the sewer clean-out pipe and the dwelling. If there is no sewer clean-out pipe at the edge of the property, the homeowner is responsible for blockages that occur anywhere in the sewer lateral.


Sheds - Permits Needed

What do I need to know about sheds?

An Accessory Building is a building or structure on the same lot as the principal structure and has a character related to that building or is of a nature customarily incidental to or subordinate to that building. (Sheds, detached garages, trash enclosures, etc.)

  • Permits: Are required before any construction begins. Zoning applications and building applications are available at the office of Planning and Inspections located in Town Hall. A Building Permit from Planning and Inspections is required for any alterations and repairs to a structure or a new structure. A Zoning Permit is required prior to the construction and/or installation of any accessory building or structure.

For specific information pertaining to use, height, or setbacks, please contact the Department of Planning and Inspections at 828-295-5240.


Short-Term Rentals

Is short-term rental allowed in Town?

Yes. The Town of Blowing Rock does allow for short term rental in certain zoning districts. Short term rental of a dwelling unit is defined as the rental, lease, or use of an attached or detached residential dwelling unit for a duration of less than 28 consecutive days. For further information about short-term rentals, contact the Planning and Inspections Department.


Short-term Rentals and Vacation Rentals

Can I rent my house by the day or week (short-term)?

Short-term rental of property involves any rental period less than 28 consecutive days. Short-term rentals are only allowed in the Central Business, General Business, and Office-Institutional zoning districts and in the R-6M and R-10M Multi-family Dwelling Units.


Sidewalks

How can I request sidewalk repairs?

Requests for sidewalks or sidewalk repairs can be made by calling Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Sign Permits

Is a sign permit required for all signs?

Yes. The Town of Blowing Rock sign ordinance was adopted to regulate and control signs and their placement throughout the planning jurisdiction of the town. Contact the Department of Planning and Inspections for additional information about the town’s signage code and/or to request a Sign Permit form. Permits may also be found under Applications and Forms on this website.


Sign/Exterior Change

May I change the design of an exterior sign?

Yes. To change the design of an exterior sign, the new corrections must be approved by the Department of Planning and Inspections. The forms are available at the office of Planning and Inspections or can be downloaded under "Applications and Forms."


Snow Removal - Residential Driveways

Who is responsible for clearing snow from the driveways after the Street Department has cleared the main roads?

The homeowner is responsible for clearing their driveway or hiring someone.


Snow Removal - Town Streets

Does Town perform snow and/or ice removal on all town streets?

The Town performs snow and/or ice removal on all town streets. The Town prioritizes Chestnut Drive, Sunset Drive, Echo Park, and Morningside Drive off 221 as the most important streets for snow removal. After snow and/or ice is removed from these locations, all other Town streets are cleared as soon as possible. The Town is also reimbursed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the removal of snow and/or ice from Goforth Road, Wonderland Drive, and the Watauga County portion of Globe Drive. For further information pertaining to snow and/or ice on Town streets, or those listed above, contact Town Hall 828 295-5200

NCDOT is responsible for snow and/or ice removal on State roadways in Town. This includes Main Street and the 321 Bypass. For further information pertaining to snow and/or ice removal on State maintained roads, contact NCDOT Maintenance 828 265-5378


Soliciting

How can I report an itinerant merchant?

Soliciting, peddling or acting as an itinerant merchant is strictly prohibited by the Town of Blowing Rock. No person may sell or display for sale any goods, wares, or merchandise within the right-of-way of any street or on any sidewalk adjacent thereto. For complaints of this nature, contact the Police Department.

Police Department 828 295-5210


Special Events

What special events are hosted by Parks and Receations each year?

There are four major special events every year hosted by Parks and Recreation. The four major events are listed below.

  • Golden Egg Hunt at Easter
  • Fourth of July Festival
  • Halloween Festival
  • Christmas in the Park

Parks & Recreation 828 295-5222


Speed Bumps

How can I request a speed bump?

Contact the Police Department for more information and to initiate a request for a speed bump. The Police Department will then determine the necessity of the situation. If a speed bump is warranted in this location, then the Police Department will present a proposal to the Board of Commissioners.

Police Department 828 295-5210


Street Signs

What standards do we need to follow to install street signs?

Street signs are installed in accordance with national standards for the location and installation of street signs.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Street Cleaning

Does the Town provide street cleaning?

As of August 1, 2003 the Town will be providing street cleaning and sweeping on an as needed basis. For more information, contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Street Lights

How can I report a street light outage or malfunction?

Blue Ridge Electric maintains the street lights in the Town of Blowing Rock.

To report a street light outage or malfunction, contact Blue Ridge Electric at 828-264-8894. Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Where is the light located?

    It is helpful to have the most detailed location information as possible. You can also count the number of lights between the malfunctioning light and an obvious landmark, such as an intersection or building. Some light locations can be described by the address of the building behind it.

  • How is the light malfunctioning?

    Is the street light completely "out"? Or does the light not operate during the periods of dusk or dawn? Does the light "cycle" between off and on?

Detailed information is especially useful because these lights may be working properly when Blue Ridge Electric crews arrive.

Blue Ridge Electric 828 264-8894


Street Locations

How can I find the location of a town street?

To find out the location of a Town street, call the Department of Planning and Inspections.

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Street Marking

How can I report a street that is not properly marked?

The Public Works Department paints roadways around May or June of each year when the weather is warm enough for good application. If you detect a street that is not properly marked, please contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Summer Day Camp

When does Summer Day Camp registration begin?

Registration for Summer Day Camp usually begins early March for taxpayers and the middle of March for non-taxpayers.

Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222


Summer Day Camp Registration

How do I register my child for Summer Day Camp?

The Summer Day Camp registration form will need to be completed and returned to the Parks and Recreation office. The application must include the first week's payment as a deposit. A copy of the child's birth certificate will also be required with a 1st grader's registration. You may download a registration form online or pick one up at the Parks and Recreation office, located on Park Avenue.

Parks and Registration 828 295-5222


Swimming Lessons

Does Town offer swimming lessons at Robbins pool?

The Town of Blowing Rock offers youth swimming lessons at Ribbons Pool. For further information please contact the office of Parks and Recreation.

Parks and Recreation 828 295-5222.


Tank Removal

Do I need a fire protection permit for tank removal?

Fire Prevention Inspections are performed on set schedules prescribed by the NC State Building Code and are administered by the Fire Department. Inspections are mandated on existing commercial buildings. Fire protection permits are required for new construction projects including fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire suppression systems for cooking operations, blasting permits, demolition permits, and tank removal. For more information contact the Emergency Services Department.

Fire Inspector 828 295-5220


Tax Assessment

Who assesses my property and motor vehicle tax?

All real and personal property tax and motor vehicle tax is assessed by your county of residence for citizens of Blowing Rock. Please contact Watauga County 828 265-8021 or Caldwell County 828 757-1321


Town Attorney

What are the responsibilities of the Town Attorney?
The Town Attorney advises the Council and various Town Boards, the Town Manager, and Department Heads on legal matters and procedures. He prepares certain ordinances, resolutions, agreements, deeds, leases, and other miscellaneous legal documents. The Town Attorney is Mr. Allen Moseley with Deal, Moseley & Smith LLP. You may contact the Town Attorney at 828 264-4734.


Town Board Meetings

When are Town Board meetings?

The Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Blowing Rock Town Hall. The public is urged to attend. The meeting is also shown on the Local Access channel at 7:00 p.m. on the Thursday following the meeting. The Board of Commissioners is the policy-making body of the Town of Blowing Rock. It is made up of a mayor and five commissioners, all of whom are elected at-large. The Mayor serves a two year term and the Town Commissioners serve four year staggered terms. Filing for office occurs every two years during July with the deadline occurring at noon on the first Friday of August. Candidates file at the Courthouse in Boone with the Watauga Board of Elections 828 265-8061.

Requests to be placed on the agenda and appear before the Town Board of Commissioners must be made in writing to Town Hall on the fourth Monday of the month preceding the next meeting. If a concern is specific in nature and would not be a policy-type issue, citizens are encouraged to contact the appropriate Town department or Town Hall 828 295-5200.

Further information about the Board of Commissioners is available under Town Government on this website.


Town Codes / Land Use Code

Where can I get a copy of the Land Use Ordinance?

Copies of the Land Use Ordinances are available in our office for a fee of $30.00. A digital copy is available online.

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Town Council

What are the responsibilities of the Town Council?

See Board of Commissioners under "Services A-Z."


Town Manager

What does the Town Manager do?

The Town of Blowing Rock operates under a council/manager form of government. The Town Manager is charged with administering the day-to-day operations of town government as well as implementing the policies enacted by the Town Board of Commissioners. To contact the Town Manager, please call Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Traffic Control Signs

How can I request a traffic-control sign?

To request a traffic-control sign or signal, call Town Hall 828 295-5200.


Traffic Signals

How can I request new traffic signals?

Traffic signals are maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Contact NCDOT regarding requests for new traffic signals or further information.

North Carolina Department of Transportation 828 265-5380


Tree Ordinance

Where can I find information about Tree Ordinance?

Currently the Town is working to improve its Tree Ordinance. Both the Town Landscape Specialist and the Department of Planning and Inspections are involved in this process. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Town Hall or the Department of Planning and Inspections.

Town Hall 828 295-5200 Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Tree-cutting

Do I need a permit to cut down a tree?

Yes. In most cases, any tree over 18” in diameter is protected from removal. However, if a tree is damaged, dead, and/or poses a threat to life or property, that tree may be removed by first obtaining a clearing permit from the Planning Department.


Utility Bill Payment Options

How many utility bill payment options do I have?

  • Payments may be drafted from your bank account by completing a Town Bank Draft Authorization Form and returning it with a voided check to Town Hall.
  • Payments may be mailed to P.O. Box 47, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.
  • Payment may be made in person by cash or check at Town Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Payment may be made online at www.officialpayments.com by credit or debit card or e-check. Fees do apply for online services.
  • Payments may be dropped off at any time in the outside drop box located beside the front door of the main entrance at Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Utility Bills

When will I receive my utility bill?

The Town of Blowing Rock sends out invoices for water, sewer and garbage (utility bills) bi-monthly. These are mailed during the last week of the month for the previous two month's service based on usage. The full amount is due approximately 30 days from the date of the bill.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Utility Location

Who do I need to contact if I need a service located that is either water or sewer?

The Town of Blowing Rock is responsible for locating and marking Town-owned utilities for both water and sewer. To make a request or for further information, please contact Town Hall 828 295-5200

If you need a service located that is neither water or sewer, please contact North Carolina One Call 1-800-632-4949


Utility Service

What is included in utility service?

An existing service for a residence or business may be activated by contacting Town Hall. Utility service includes water, sewer, and garbage. A refundable deposit is required to begin service. The amount of the deposit ranges from $100 to $700 and depends upon the size of the meter.

Service connections are made as soon as possible. If you establish an account after 3:00 p.m., the connection will be made the next business day.

For new utility services to a residence or property, contact the Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Variances

Where can I get the variance application?

A conference with the Department of Planning and Inspections is required before a formal application can be submitted. The filing fee for a variance is $100.00. Further information pertaining to the variance procedure and the variance application can be obtained at the office of Planning and Inspections. The form can be downloaded at Applications and Forms.


Visitor Information

Where is the Visitor Information Center?

The Visitor Information Center is located at 7738 Valley Blvd (Hwy 321 By-Pass). The Visitor Information Center is for tourists and anyone wanting to learn more about what our area has to offer. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. all year round.

Blowing Rock Visitor Center and Tourism Development Authority 828 295-4636


Voter Registration Forms

Where can I get voter registration forms?

For information on upcoming elections, please contact the Board of Elections in the county you reside in.

Watauga County 828 265-8061 or Caldwell County 828 757-1300


Walls - Permits

Can I construct a wall without a permit?

No. A permit must be submitted in order to construct a wall or fence. These forms are available at the office of Planning and Inspections or can be downloaded at Applications and Forms. For specific information pertaining to height, setbacks, appearance, easements, or lot restrictions, please contact the office of Planning of Inspections.


Wastewater Treatment

What service does the Town of Blowing Rock wastewater plant offer?

The Town of Blowing Rock Wastewater Plant performs analysis for compliance with all state and federal regulations including BOD, TSS, and fecal coliform. The plant treats an average of 250,000 gallons per day and is located on the Middle Fork of the South Fork of the New River. For information about water or wastewater analysis, water quality, or the wastewater treatment process contact the Water/Waste Treatment Plant.

Wastewater Treatment Plant 828 295-5226


Water

Where does Blowing Rock's water originate?

The Town leases land from the National Park Service. The lake is behind the Blowing Rock Waste Water Treatment Plant. The lake holds approximately 45 million gallons of water. The lake is bordered by property owned by the US Park Service and Chetola Resort.

Water Plant 828 295-5225


Water - Chemical Treatment

What chemicals are added to the water?

Chlorine (disinfection), Aluminum Sulfate (coagulation), Caustic Soda (coagulation and pH adjustment), Polymer (coagulation), Ortho Phosphate (corrosion control), Fluoride (tooth decay), and Potassium Permanganate (taste and ordor problems).

Water/Wastewater Treatment 828 295-5225


Water - Treatment

How much water can be treated daily?

The Water Treatment Plant can treat 2 million gallons of water per day. There is a storage tank located at the Plant that holds .5 million gallons. The Green Hill storage tank capacity is 3 million gallons of water.

Water Treatment Plant 828 295-5325


Water / Sewer Emergency

Which department should I contact if I need emergency service (water and sewer)?

For emergency service relating to the Town's water and/or sewer systems between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. contact Monday through Friday, please contact Town Hall 828 295-5200

At all other times and on holidays, please contact the Police 828 295-5210


Water Bills

When will I receive my water bill?

The Town of Blowing Rock sends out invoices for water, sewer and garbage bills (utility bills) bi-monthly. These are mailed during the first week of the month for the previous two month's service based on usage. The full amount is due 30 days from the date of the bill.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Water Conservation

What do I need to know about water conservation?

A water shortage shall be deemed to exist when water consumption by customers connected to the municipal water system of the Town of Blowing Rock shall have reached the point where continued or increased consumption will equal or exceed the system supply capacity such that citizens cannot be supplied with water to protect their health and safety without substantially curtailing the water demand.

There are four stages which the city identifies in order to identify the severity of the water shortage. A Stage I Shortage occurs when the water level in Blowing Rock reservoir falls 5 feet below full pond and if the National Weather Service predicts less than 50% chance of precipitation within the next two days. During this stage citizens are encouraged to conserve water. A Stage II Shortage occurs when the Blowing Rock reservoir falls 10 feet below full pond. A Stage III Shortage occurs when the Blowing Rock reservoir falls 15 feet below full pond. A Stage IV Shortage occurs when the Blowing Rock reservoir falls 20 feet below full pond. During Stages II - IV it shall become unlawful to use water for specific purposes.

For more information pertaining to water shortages or water conservation please contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Water cut-off

Should water be cut off at the street when the home is not occupied?

Yes. If you are leaving for a period of 10 days up to 2 weeks you will need to cut the water off at the meter. The towns leak adjustment policy will not allow an adjustment if water was left on at the meter.


Water Leak - Policy

What is the Town policy if you experience broken pipes?

Section 14-15.1 (Customer Service Line Leaks or Breaks (Adjustments) found in Part 1, Chapters 1-15 of the Blowing Rock Town Code explaines that policy.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Water Leaks

Where do I report a water leak?

During the office hours of Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., obvious or suspected water leaks should be reported to Town Hall 828 295-5200

If after hours, report water leaks to the Police 828 295-5210


Water Meter Box

How can I report a broken water meter box?

To report a broken water meter box or a missing lid, please contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Water Meters

What is a water meter for?

Primary water meters are supplied by the Town for residential (and other 3/4" meters) for the cost of the meter deposit. For other larger meters, the Department of Public Works shall make a determination on the type of meter required and the cost is incurred separately by the customer.

Irrigation meters are required for automatic systems used for lawn and landscaping irrigation. This meter measures only the water flowing through the mechanism and does not carry the wastewater charge. Installation of an irrigation meter requires a tap into the Town's water main. Contact Town Hall for questions pertaining to costs and further information.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Water Quality

If there is any problem with drinking water, which department should I need to report to?

Any changes or problems with drinking water (discoloration, taste or odor) should be reported to the Department of Water/Waste Treatment.

The Town’s Water Quality Report is available online or may be picked up at the Town Hall.

Water Treatment Plant 828 295-5225 or Wastewater Treatment Plant 828 295-5226


Water Shortage

What constitutes a water shortage?

A water shortage shall be deemed to exist when water consumption by customers connected to the municipal water system of the Town of Blowing Rock shall have reached the point where continued or increased consumption will equal or exceed the system supply capacity such that citizens cannot be supplied with water to protect their health and safety without substantially curtailing the water demand.

There are four stages which the city identifies in order to identify the severity of the water shortage. A Stage I Shortage occurs when the water level in Blowing Rock reservoir falls 5 feet below full pond and if the National Weather Service predicts less than 50% chance of precipitation within the next two days. During this stage citizens are encouraged to conserve water. A Stage II Shortage occurs when the Blowing Rock reservoir falls 10 feet below full pond. A Stage III Shortage occurs when the Blowing Rock reservoir falls 15 feet below full pond. A Stage IV Shortage occurs when the Blowing Rock reservoir falls 20 feet below full pond. During Stages II - IV it shall become unlawful to use water for specific purposes.

For more information pertaining to water shortages or water conservation please contact Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Water Source

Which lake provides water source of Blowing Rock?

The Town secures its potable drinking water from Town Lake. Brickhouse Creek flows into Town Lake and provides the water source which the Town of Blowing Rock treats. For more information or questions pertaining to the town’s water source, please contact Water/Waste Treatment.

Water Treatment Plant 828 295-5225


Water Tanks

How many water storage tanks does the Town maintain?

The Town of Blowing Rock maintains two water storage tanks, the largest of which is Green Hill and holds 3 million gallons. The other water storage facility is the clearwell which holds a half a million gallons. The clearwell facility is located at the Water Treatment Plant. For any questions regarding the water storage facilities, please contact the Water/Waste Treatment Plant.

Water Treatment Plant 828 295-5225


Water Treatment

What does the Town of Blowing Rock water treatment plant do?

The Town of Blowing Rock Water Treatment Plant performs water tests and analysis for compliance with all state and federal regulations. This includes maintaining a .3 or lower turbidity level. The Water Treatment plant also adds orthophosphates and fluoride to improve the quality of water. Further information can be obtained at

Water Treatment Plant 828 295-5225


Water/Sewer Service

How can I activate my water/sewer service?

An existing service for a residence or business may be activated by contacting Town Hall. Utility service includes water, sewer, and garbage. A refundable deposit is required to begin service. The amount of the deposit ranges from $100 to $700 and depends upon the size of the meter.

Service connections are made as soon as possible. If you establish an account after 3:00 p.m., the connection will be made the next business day.

For new utility services to a residence or property, contact the Town Hall.

Town Hall 828 295-5200


Water/Wastewater

Which department is respondsible for the maintenance of all water and wastewater facilities?

The Department of Water/Waste Water Treatment is responsible for the maintenance of all water and wastewater (sewer) facilities. The Department of Public Works is responsible for the maintenance of all water and sewer distribution and collection lines. The Utility Billing Supervisor is in charge of water/sewer (utility) accounts, including billing, water connections and water disconnections.

For questions or complaints concerning the quality of water, contact Water Treatment Plant 828 295-5225 or Wastewater Treatment Plant 828 295-5225

For questions or complaints concerning water and sewer distribution and collection lines, contact Town Hall 828 295-5200

For emergency water and sewer issues which do not occur from Mon. - Fri. (8 a.m - 5 p.m.), contact the Police 828 295-5210


Weeds and Grass

How can I report tall weeds and grass?

To report tall weeds and grass, contact the Department of Planning and Inspections at 828 295-5240. No person may cause, suffer, or permit on premises under his control any growth or weeds, grasses, or other plants or bushes that becomes or threatens to become a fire hazard; or a harboring place for rats, mice, snakes, or other vermin; or otherwise poses a danger to public safety.


Yard Sale Signs

Where can I post yard sale signs?

Yard Sale Signs may be posted on the property where the sale is going to take place. The sign must be no larger than 4 square feet and cannot be posted for more than three consecutive days at a time.


Zoning

Where can I find information about zoning?

For information on zoning, zoning maps, or the Town's Zoning Ordinances, see the Town Land Use Code or contact the Department of Planning and Inspections at 828 295-5240.


Zoning and Building Permits

Do I need a zoning permit to build a deck or storage shed?

Yes. All construction requires a basic zoning permit and a building permit.


Zoning Appeals

Where can I get information pertaining to zoning appeals?

Decisions made by the Zoning Administrator may be appealed to the Board of Adjustment. Further information and the form to initiate this process is available at the office of Planning and Inspections and can be downloaded at Applications and Forms. For a description of the quasi-judicial body which hears the appeal - See Board of Adjustment under Boards and Commissions.


Zoning Change Application

How can I apply to change Zoning?

If you would like to use your property for a use not allowed in your current zoning district designation, you may be able to apply for a change in zoning which would give you the right for that use. Your change in zoning application is reviewed by the Planning Board for a recommendation before being presented to the Board of Commissioners for approval/disapproval at a Public Hearing. The form needed to initiate this process is available at the Office of Planning and Inspections.

Planning and Inspections 828 295-5240


Zoning Permits

Who should I contact for information pertaining to zoning permits?

A Zoning Permit is required for the following reasons:

1) New Business
2) Building Permit Approval
3) Grading/Clearing
4) Change in Use

The Zoning Permit form is available at the office of Planning and Inspections and can be downloaded at Applications and Forms on this website.


Zoning-Related Complaints

To whom should I send complaints regarding junked cars, short-term rental violations, nuisance weeds, illegal signs, illegal home occupations, etc.?

Please report all zoning-related complaints to Town of Blowing Rock, Planning Department, PO Box 47, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.


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