Fee Schedule: Planning

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Fees are updated on July 1 with each new Town budget. The following fees are effective July 1, 2020 for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

The Manager may negotiate and charge a fee or reimbursement for plan review, amendment or other types of applications not listed in this schedule adopted by the Town Council based on a determination that such fees and reimbursements are reasonably calculated to reflect the cost of Town services associated with said review.

Type of Application/Permit Fee Schedule
Zoning Compliance Permit (ZCP)

Staff Review/Administrative Approval (modified fee)
Final Plans for Zoning Compliance Permit Issuance
 - Special Use Permit
 - Major Subdivision
 - Minor Subdivision
 - Site Plan Review

 - Conditional Zoning District

Resubmittal Fee After 3rd Round of Review
Revised Final Plans/Revised Phasing Plan
RCD Encroachment
RCD Exemption Approval

Single-Family/Two-Family Staff Review/ Administrative Approval
Single-Family/Two-Family "Express" Staff Review/ Administrative Approval

Combined Single-Family/Two-Family ZCP and RCD Encroachment

Special Events Permit [for-profit events]

Indoor Pop-Up Event Permit
Home Occupation
Tree Canopy Mitigation Fee

Food Truck ZCP - Property Owner
Food Truck ZCP - Vendor

Exceptions to Front Yard Parking Requirements

Wireless Communications Facility


 - Small Wireless Facility in Town Right-of-Way or outside Town Right-of-Way on property

   other than Single-Family Residential property, Staff Review


 - Small Wireless Facility in Town Right-of-Way or outside Town Right-of-Way on property

   other than Single-Family Residential property, Consultant Review


 - Co-Location or Modification, Streamlined Review (eligible facility), Consultant Review

 - Co-Location, Modifications, and Upgrades (non-eligible facility), Site Review and Report, Consultant Review  

 - All Others, Consultant Review


Form District Permit

Form District Permit Modification 

Special Appearance District Certificate of Appropriateness and Modifications

Urban Designer


$505 + $15 / 100 SF

$4,085 + $15 / 100 SF
$4,085 + $30 / 100 SF
$505 + $15 / 100 SF
$1,205 + $15 / 100 SF

$4,085 + $15 / 100 SF











$525 per tree





$100 per facility for the first 5 facilities in a single application plus $50 per 

each additional facility up to a total of 25 in a consolidated application


$500 per application







$12,235 + $50 / 100 SF


$175/hr. or Actual cost of review


Subdivisions & Plats

Preliminary Plat
Re-approval (Preliminary Plat)
Minor Subdivision

Re-approval (Minor subdivision)
Final Plat
Recombination Plat or Exempt Plat



$8,175 + $315 / lot
$945 + $65 / lot

$630 + $60 / lot


Historic District Commission

Certificates of Appropriateness

Combined Certificates of Appropriateness and Zoning Compliance Permit Application 
Building Elevations, Lighting Plan, or Alternative Buffer
Concept Plan Review






Community Design Commission (CDC) 

Building Elevations, Lighting Plan, or Alternative Buffer
Concept Plan Review





Sign Plan Review

Individual Sign or Individual Sign Compliant with Approved Unified Sign Plan (single business on one zoning lot)

Unified Sign Plan (multiple businesses on one zoning lot)





Site Plan Review

Site Plan Review and Modification*
Extension, Renewal, Minor Change

Northside and Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation Districts only:
     Combined Single-Family Site Plan Review and ZCP Application
     Project Name Change
     Site Plan for parking exemption/exception



$3,145 + $30 / 100 SF



Special Use Permits

Special Use Permit or Modification*

Single Family Development unrestricted by Floor Area
Extension, Renewal, Minor Change, Abandonment, or Revocation
Extraction of Earth Products, Landfill, Cemetery, Park/Ride Terminal
Radio/TV Transmitting/Receiving Facility



$8,175 + $30 / 100 SF*

$8,175 + $315 / unit
$8,175 + $315 / unit 


All Master Land Use Plans*

Abandonment, Revocation


$8,175 + $30 / 100 SF*



Zoning Map and Text Amendments (Including Joint Planning Areas &

Neighborhood Conservation District Overlays)

$1,260 + $65 / acre*** 
Conditional Zoning $8,585 + $30 / 100 SF*
Minor Change to Conditional Zoning $1,325

Research (involving one or more of the following: Zoning Opinion Letter, Paper archives,
micro fiche, Zoning Project case history or code compliance history)


$65 / hr

Plan Amendments

Proposed revision to adopted Transportation Plan or Transportation Facility Design





Development Plan (OI-4) $6,615 + $130 / acre

Site Development Permit




Development Agreement

Development Agreement Minor Change

Site Development Permit - Carolina North

Development Agreement Compliance Permit - All Others

Consultant Support and Analysis


To be negotiated



$12,230 + $50 / 100 SF

Actual cost of service

Board of Adjustment 

Variance or Appeals





Application Revision, Requiring Additional Review, After Staff Memorandum is Written**

 50% of original application fee


Development Notification Postcards 

Postcards for Development Notifications per postcard







All review fees are doubled if the activity or site change requested has already occurred or been started unless the Manager or his/her designee find that there are mitigating circumstances. Revisions requested more than 30 days after a permit is issued require a new permit application and fee.

Fees are waived for Town of Chapel Hill development applications.

The Town agrees to waive certain development-related fees related only for the affordable units for projects that provide permanently affordable home-ownership opportunities or provide rental housing that remains affordable for at least 20 years.  Affordable is defined as being sold or rented to households earning less than 120% of the Area Median Income as determined and approved by the Town. In this case, otherwise applicable Town application fees, building permit fees, plan review fees, inspection fees, and such other development fees and costs which would otherwise be due shall be waived for the affordable dwelling units identified in the application. To qualify for the waiver for rental development, applicants and Town staff must agree on how affordability will be maintained for a 20-year period and an agreement may be required.  

If application fees are paid for a proposed development that subsequently converts existing approved market rate units to affordable dwelling units in the development plan, a pro rata refund of any such fees that have already been paid shall be provided to the applicant upon approval of the development to reflect the conversion to affordable units. The refunded amount will be determined by the percentage of the affordable units within the development.  In addition, any existing development that receives approval to construct new affordable units may have the fees waived for the new affordable units.  This refund or waiver does not apply to any market rate units, or to any fees associated with water, wastewater, or stormwater.

Fees are also waived for service projects by non-profits, for a non-profit organization. 

The maximum application fee for any Zoning Map Amendment, Subdivision, or Zoning Compliance Permit application shall be $80,000.00.

In the case of a Master Plan and a Special Use Permit submitted concurrently, the application fee shall be waived for the application with the smaller fee.

Potential refunds of fees for projects that are withdrawn prior to completing the development review process shall be issued consistent with the Planning Department's adopted internal refund policy.

* Based on square footage of floor area.
** Changes to an active application, post-completion of an advisory board or council memorandum that results in additional staff review and revisions to staff memorandum
*** Neighborhood Conservation Districts fees are waived for areas in which it is documented that 51% of the property owners are low to moderate income as defined by HUD.


Ordinances and Reports Cost
Printing Land Use Management Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan, Data Book, Design Guidelines, Historic District Guidelines Handbook, Bicycle Plan, or Pedestrian Plan (per page) $0.10 (B&W)

$0.15 (Color)


Maps and Copying Cost
Copying and Printing per page (smaller format, less than 11 x 17)




Copying and Printing per page (larger format, larger than 11 x 17)




Miscellaneous Scanning, Printing, and Copying (less than 11 x 17)




Professional Training Registration (per session) $10


 GIS Division

GIS Street or Zoning Map $25 each
Aerial Photos $30 each

Specialty Maps and GIS Data Services
*One Hour Minimum

$70 / hour


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