The Land Use Plan is designed to guide the town staff and local officials in directing growth that effectively responds to the Town’s needs and priorities. The map provides designations on how land is to be used or occupied.
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Planning oriented applications and forms are available in the Apex Planning Department at Town Hall or on our Applications & Schedules page.
The Apex Historic District (view map) is located in downtown Apex and is a National Register Historic District, which includes residential, commercial, and institutional structures. The district’s period of significance is circa 1870-1950. Architectural styles include Queen Anne, Bungalow/Craftsman, Neocolonial Revival, and commercial style. There are a total of over 150 primary and secondary contributing structures. There are 2 properties in the district listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places. They are the 1914 Apex Union Depot at 220 North Salem Street and the 1911-12 Old Town Hall at 237 North Salem Street.
Inspections must be scheduled the day before the intended inspection, prior to 3 p.m. They may be scheduled in person at the Building Inspection desk or may be phoned in at (919) 249-3418. The inspection request should include the type of inspection desired, the permit number assigned to the project, the street address, and/or the subdivision and lot number.
In most cases North Carolina State laws pertaining to contractors allow homeowners to obtain permits and perform construction work on their personal home. Please contact the Building Inspection Division at (919) 249-3418 for more detailed information.
Mobile home owners shall complete a Permit Application for Manufactured Home as well as meet all regulations in the Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes and Zoning. Please contact Construction Management in order to obtain a permit and more information at (919) 249-3418.
Typical construction projects requiring permits and inspections include: room additions; decks; roofs over decks; swimming pools greater than 42 inches deep; finishing basements; bonus rooms and attics; lawn irrigation systems; accessory buildings (see next paragraph); all installations or modifications to electrical, plumbing, or heating or air conditioning systems. For more information please contact the Building Inspection Permit Office at (919) 249-3418.
Dirt roads are typically paved by developer contributions or by the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) Secondary Road Improvement Program. The program was established to improve the safety and surface pavement of secondary roads throughout North Carolina.
The warrants for paving secondary roads are based on several factors including Average Daily Traffic (ADT), number of school buses, number of homes per mile, and vehicular accidents. To request more information about secondary road improvements, contact the NCDOT Division 5 Office at (919) 560-6851.
To help preserve the character of our town by keeping it neat and clean, the Town of Apex regulates signs through its Sign Ordinance. The Ordinance allows temporary signs to be placed on properties that are for sale, rent/lease, or where an activity is taking place.
Signs placed at other locations, such as those on other properties or street right-of-ways, directing attention to the sale or activity, are not permitted. All permanent signs and some temporary signs must be Town approved. The Sign Ordinance can be found in Section 8.7 of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) located on the Apex Planning website.
Section 8.7 of the Unified Development Ordinance provides a description of signs allowed with permit, without permit, or prohibited for specified locations and conditions.
Storage sheds are considered an accessory structures.