Planning & Inspections

The Planning and Inspections Department seeks to serve the citizens of Orange County by implementing adopted land use, environmental, and building policies and standards through a system of regulations to promote stable and quality development while protecting the environment.


Our services include:

  • Building Inspections
  • Comprehensive Land Use Plan
  • Demographics
  • Engineering
  • Floodplain Management
  • Erosion Control
  • Planning GIS Maps
  • Stormwater Management (Erosion Control)
  • Subdivisions
  • Transportation Planning
  • Zoning

Orange County Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Rural Buffer!

Orange County and the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill held a special ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Rural Buffer. The event was held Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Blackwood Farm Park.

The Rural Buffer was developed as part of the Joint Planning Agreement created by the county and towns in November 1987. It was formally adopted by all three governing boards in the summer of 1988.

Here is a link to the PowerPoint for more information: Presentation