Real Estate Professionals

The purpose of this page is to provide real estate professionals and home buyers with tools and resources. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please e-mail

Below are common questions (and answers!) received from real estate agents and house hunters alike.

  1. What zoning district is my property in?                                                                                                                                             Check out the Buncombe County GIS page.                                                                                                                                                At the top left side of the page, you can enter the PIN or address for the property.                                                                                    On the right side click "map layers" and from the menu click "Town of Black Mountain Zoning". In the same box, select the tab to the right labeled "legend" and the color code and its associated zoning district will appear.                                                                                                                                
  2. What is allowed in my zoning district?
    The Table of Permitted Uses will detail what is permitted by right, what is a special use (requiring approval by the Board of Adjustment) and what use are allowed with additional requirements
  3. To lean more about your zoning district, such as minimal lot size requirements and setbacks, refer to the Table of Dimensional Requirements. This will help you understand how your property may (or may not) be able to be subdivided. Staff cannot determine the number of lots a parcel can be subdivided into without reviewing a survey.
    Table of Dimensional Requirements  
    CR-1 (conservation residential)
    SR-2 (suburban residential)
    TR-4 (town residential)
    UR-8 (urban residential)
    NMU-8 (neighborhood mixed-use)
    TND (traditional neighborhood district)
    OI-6 (office and institutional)
    HB-8 (highway business)
    CB (central business)
    LI-8 (light industrial)
    HI-0 (heavy industrial)

  4. Many parcels and structures in Black Mountain are legally non-conforming. Structures can maintain their legal non-conforming status and may add on to alter the structure as long as the non-conformity is not increased by the change. A non-conforming lot may be built upon as long as the setbacks and other regulations of the applicable zoning district are met. Legal non-conforming uses may continue until such time the use is discontinued for a period of 180 days. After this period of time, the replacement use must be permitted by right in the district. Use variances are prohibited by North Carolina General Statutes.                                                                                                                                                     Nonconforming Ordinances
  5. The town does have regulations allowing secondary dwellings. A parcel with an existing two-family or multi-family dwelling cannot have a secondary dwelling. You can read the entire ordinance here