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Private Stables (as a stand alone use) are allowed by Special Requirement Permit in the RA zoning district, subject to the following:
- All barns and other accessory structures shall be setback fifty (50) feet from the right-of-way and twenty feet from all other property lines.- Minimum lot size of one (1) acre.
Public Stables (as a stand alone use) are allowed by Special Requirement Permit in the RA and HB zoning districts, subject to the following:
-Minimum lot size of five (5) acres.- All barns and other accessory structures shall be setback fifty (50) feet from the right-of-way and twenty (20) feet from all other property lines.- Owners should consult the Cooperative Extension Office for best management practices and guidelines for pasture areas.
Zoning Regulations For Keeping Horses
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Zoning Permit Application
Permitted (P) – These uses require a Zoning Permit which is generally issued along with the building permit; these are referred to as “by right” uses. All requirements in the zoning ordinance, including setback requirements, must be met.
Special Requirement Uses (SR) – These uses are also “by right” uses; however, there are additional standards set forth in the ordinance text. A site plan and sometimes supplemental information must be submitted to allow staff to verify that the proposal meets ordinance requirements.
Special Uses (S) – These uses require a Special Use Permit to be issued by the Onslow County Zoning Board of Adjustment after a public hearing. A site plan drawn by a land surveyor or engineer is required. Owners of properties within 1,000 feet of the site will be notified of the proposed use and the public hearing date.
Table of Uses
Electrical fences shall be protected if within three feet of a property line and any electrical fence along privacy fences shall be located within the privacy fence. Bona fide farms are exempt from this requirement.
A site plan and floor plan of sufficient detail and accuracy to allow a determination of compliance with the requirements of the ordinance must be submitted with the permit application.
Home Occupation Application
A Zoning Permit is required for these structures and Building and Electrical Permits are required if the pool contains water over 24 inches. Please contact our office for more information.
Zoning Regulations For Keeping Horses
If a property owner is interested in setting up a RV on their site for occupancy, the owner must apply for a Special Use Permit. Special Use Permits for the set-up of a RV are only permitted in the RA, R-30M and R-8M zoning districts. This process includes submitting a complete application, site plan, fee and stamped, addressed envelopes for all property owners within 1,000 feet of the site. Upon the receipt of a complete application, staff will schedule a public hearing to be held by the Board of Adjustment.
The minimum parent parcel size required for a private cemetery is three (3) acres. The maximum size of the proposed cemetery site is one (1) acre. When a private cemetery is proposed to be established on a property of less than 3 acres, a Special Use Permit will be required.
The proposed cemetery must be enclosed by fence or marked by permanent boundary markers. A surveyed site plan is required and must show an access easement and 20’ minimum setback from all property lines. The boundary of the private cemetery and easement must be recorded at the Onslow County Register of Deeds.
The Zoning Administrator may issue a temporary permit to allow for an interment giving the applicant 180 days to record the map and another 360 days to have the fence or markers installed.