Housing, Neighborhoods, & Occupancy Information
Neighborhood Conservation Districts
Neighborhood Conservation Districts (NCD) are established as overlay districts in certain residential areas to stabilize and maintain a suitable low-density living environment. To help meet that goal, rental properties within a NCD are required to meet the following (pursuant to UDO Section 14.41):
- All tenants of rental property must complete and file a Residential Parking Registration Form with the Planning and Inspections Department. Tenants must provide personal identification, vehicle registration, and proof of residency when applying.
- Tenants meeting eligibility requirements will be issued parking stickers for their vehicle(s) for the appropriate neighborhood district which must be permanently attached to eligible vehicles. Annual renewal and nominal fees are required.
- No more than two unrelated persons per dwelling unit will be issued parking stickers.
- Owners of rental property residing more than fifty (50) miles from Boone must designate in writing a local managing agent residing within Watauga County that will be responsible for all matters concerning occupancy of such rental property, and must provide the Administrator with the agent’s name, address and telephone number.
- Owners or local managing agents of rental property must notify tenants of applicable Neighborhood Conservation District requirements.
Use the Town's interactive zoning map to determine if your property is located within a Neighborhood Conservation District Overlay.
Each NCD has a special brochure titled "Caring for Our Neighborhood". Please see below for PDF versions of all brochures.
Except for authorized group living, residential occupancy is regulated in the Town’s jurisdiction either based upon the zoning district the dwelling unit is located or the type of development approval received by the original developer.
Please see table below for summary of occupancy controls:
|Occupancy Regulation||Zoning District|
|One Family or up to 2 Unrelated|
A dwelling occupied by a family (but not unrelated persons) may also have 1 (one) roomer.
|One Family or up to 4 Unrelated|
A dwelling occupied by a family (but not unrelated persons) may also have 2 (two) roomers.
|No Occupancy Limitations|
|No Residential Uses Allowed|
Use the Town's interactive zoning map to look up the zoning of a parcel within the Town's corporate limits.
The Planning and Inspections Department will assist any potential owner or tenant with any questions regarding occupancy regulations. Any person considering buying, leasing, or renting a dwelling unit in the Town of Boone Corporate Limits is strongly encouraged to contact the the Town of Boone Planning and Inspections Department with any questions by phone (828) 268-6960 or by email at email@example.com.
If an individual feels the occupancy of a dwelling is inconsistent with the provisions of the ordinance, a complaint may be filed with the Planning and Inspections Department. When filing this complaint certain information will be requested such as the address of the dwelling, the number of people believed to be living at the house, number of vehicles regularly at the location. The Planning and Inspections Department investigates all complaints of occupancy violations and solicits voluntary compliance when violations are confirmed. If voluntary compliance does not occur, vigorous enforcement action is taken.
Access online Violation/Concern Form here.
The purpose of the Town's Minimum Housing Code is to insure the health, safety and welfare of the citizens within the Town of Boone’s jurisdiction. The Town of Boone ensures compliance by either encouraging voluntary compliance or by following enforcement procedures set forth in the Town Code.
Tenants: If you are a tenant and there is an issue with your dwelling or property, we encourage you to contact your landlord or property manager to seek resolution of the problem if you have not already done so. If you wish to file a complaint under the Town’s Minimum Housing Code, you may file this form with the Planning and Inspections Department or call to speak to an Inspector.
Others: If you notice a dwelling or property in disrepair that may constitute a safety or life-threat issue, feel free to either file this form with the Planning and Inspections Department or call to speak to an Inspector.
Please note, owners/landlords/leasing agents will be provided with notice and an opportunity to respond to all complaints.
Please also be advised that state law protects tenants who make a good faith complaint to a government agency about a landlord’s alleged violation of any health or safety law, or any regulation, code, ordinance, or State or federal law that regulates premises used for dwelling purposes. Landlords are prohibited by state law from filing retaliatory evictions against tenants for making such a complaint. Tenants’ rights under this law cannot be waived by a contrary lease provision. See N.C. General Statutes § 42-37.1 et seq.
If you have a minimum housing/derelict building concern, please use the link below to access the on-line concern form:
Caring for Our Neighborhood Brochures
- Caring for Our Neighborhood Brochure - Beverly Heights Area NCD (PDF)
- Caring for Our Neighborhood Brochure - Blanwood Drive Area NCD (PDF)
- Caring for Our Neighborhood Brochure - Forest Hill Drive NCD (PDF)
- Caring for Our Neighborhood Brochure - Grand Blvd Area NCD (PDF)
- Caring for Our Neighborhood Brochure - Grandview Heights Area NCD
- Caring for Our Neighborhood Brochure - Queen/Green Street Area NCD (PDF)
- Caring for Our Neighborhood Brochure - Stadium Drive Area NCD (PDF)