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Welcome to the Rutherford County Planning Department!

(828) 287-6052

Fax: (828) 287-6307


174 Fairground Road, Spindale


Your Planning Department staff:

Danny Searcy, Public Works & Planning Director (email)

Aubrey Clay, Project Manager (email)

Stephenie Freeman, Administrative Assistant (email)


This office has the responsibility for the administration, interpretation and enforcement of ordinances for Rutherford County, NC. The Planning Department will monitor each potential building site to be sure it is not in a watershed or school zone, as well as stay abreast of all County ordinances to enable you to build safely. This department also monitors the dividing of land into smaller tracts, mobile home parks and other land use matters. For information on this, see the web page entitled, "Ordinances."


For Planning inside municipal/town limits please contact:

    The Town of Bostic:  (828) 245-5108

    The Village of Chimney Rock (828) 777-5718

    The Town of Ellenboro: (828)453-8611

    The Town of Forest City (828) 248-5201

    The Town Lake Lure (828) 625-9983

    The Town of Ruth (828) 287-6002

    The Town of Rutherfordton (828) 287-9508

    The Town of Spindale (828) 286-2541


Most of our documents are "public record," meaning that the public may come peruse them. However, we do request advance notice for copies or inspection of any documents. Please fax, mail, or drop the following form to our office with the requested information noted.


Written Request for Public Information