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Brunswick County is a dynamic County comprised of a collection of both rural and coastal communities with major activity centers scattered throughout its 856 square miles. The Planning Department is charged with implementing and maintaining various regulatory ordinances such as zoning and subdivision as well as providing data, review, research, and information related to land development and growth within the unincorporated areas of Brunswick County.

The Planning Department also provides assistance with the development of long-range policies that help guide the County's decisions concerning land development and growth. The Planning Department provides information and assists the Board of Commissioners, Planning Board, and Board of Adjustment in land development decisions by giving recommendations and statistical data based on land-use policies and ordinance provisions.

Unified Development Ordinance Informational Session

The file below is a PowerPoint Presentation from the Unified Development Ordinance Informational Session for Developers, Engineers, Landscaping Professionals & Surveyors.

Unified Development Ordinance Informational Session - .pdf ( 9 mb file )

Permit Extension Act of 2009

Effective August 5, 2009, the North Carolina Senate Bill #831 extended the approval period of certain state and local development approvals. Please click on the link below to view the bill.

Low Impact Development

Brunswick County staff worked with the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and the North Carolina Coastal Federation to develop a Low Impact Development (LID) Guidance Manual to encourage the use of innovative stormwater management techniques. The Resolution and LID Guidance Manual were approved by the Brunswick County Planning Board and the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners on November 3, 2008.

BC LID Guidance Manual - .pdf

Proposed Outdoor RV Resort Text Amendment

The Brunswick County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on May 10, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Chambers of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building, 30 Government Center Drive at the Brunswick County Government Center concerning the proposed Outdoor RV Resort text amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

Proposed Outdoor RV Resort Text Amendment - .pdf


PO Box 249
Bolivia, NC  28422

Building I
75 Courthouse Drive, NE
Bolivia, NC  28422
MAP - County Complex

Phone: 910.253.2025
Toll Free: 800.621.0609
FAX: 910.253.2437