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Administrative Hours (shelter is closed, but phone calls and emails are answered at this time): Monday- Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. Please call 910-937-1164 to speak with a staff member.
Adoption Hours: Tuesday - Friday: Noon - 5:30pm (Animal interactions end at 5:00pm) Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00 pm (Animal Interactions end at 3:30). To view all adoptable animals, please visit our Adoptable Animals albums on our website: https://www.onslowcountync.gov/186/Animals
For animal reclaim, surrender or all other questions, please call 910-937-1164 during administrative hours.
A walk-in Rabies Vaccination Clinic is offered every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm. No appointment is required. The cost is $10. Animals must be at least 4 months old, and either crated or on a leash.
For Animal Control Emergencies or concerns, please call 910-455-0182 and select the option for dispatch.
Thank you for choosing adoption! To view all adoptable animals, please visit our website at https://www.onslowcountync.gov/186/Animals . Interested in adopting? Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended and appreciated. Please call 910-937-1164 after 8:00am Tuesday - Friday and after 10:00am Saturday to schedule an appointment. Adoption appointments are available between 12:00pm and 4:30pm Tuesday - Friday and 10:30am to 3:00pm Saturday. During your appointment, you will be given time to interact with our animals to find the perfect fit. Staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have and try to assist you in finding a good match. Once you have selected your new furry family member, we will need you to complete an adoption contract. Cash and cards are accepted for adoption fee payment, and a valid drivers license/military ID is required. Adopters must be at least 18 years of age. Adoption fee for dogs over 6 months is $140 and includes core vaccinations, 30-day flea & tick treatment, basic dewormer, heartworm test, spay/neuter and microchip. Puppies under 6 months are $195. All cat/kitten adoptions are $50 and include core vaccinations, 30-day flea & tick treatment, basic dewormer, spay/neuter and microchip.
Dog adoption fee, age 6 months and up: $140 Puppies under 6 months: $195 Cat/Kitten adoption fee: $50
Adoption fee for dogs and cats includes initial core vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip.
Additional Adoption Fees:
Small Animals: $15
Rabbits/Pot Belly Pigs: $25 Ferrets, Horses and Goats: $50 Non-fowl birds: $25 Fowl: $5.00
Cash, credit and debit payments are accepted.
We are always happy to welcome new volunteers!
The volunteer program is open to volunteers age 16 and up. An information session for interested volunteers is held multiple times each month. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and upcoming info session dates.
Onslow County Animal Services accepts a variety of donated items via direct shipment to the shelter at 244 Georgetown Road, Jacksonville NC 28540 or by no-contact drop-off (for your safety) during business hours. Please call 910-937-1164 for assistance. For our wish list of most-needed items, please email: email@example.com. We are grateful for all donations!
OCAS is always looking for new fosters to help care for our shelter friends most in need. If you wish to become a foster, you may complete an application at the shelter, or request an application via email to OCASFOSTER@onslowcountync.gov
A walk-in rabies clinic is held Wednesday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the shelter. No appointment is required. Vaccine is a one-year rabies vaccination. The cost is $10 which may be paid by cash or card. Animals must be at least 4 months of age. A rabies tag and vaccination certificate will be provided. NC law requires a valid rabies tag to be worn on the collar.
We do not provide any additional vaccinations or boosters.
While all adopted animals are fixed prior to leaving the facility, OCAS does not provide spay/neuter services to the public. For more information on spay/neuter resources, please call 910-937-1164 or visit https://www.onslowcountync.gov/2129/Low-Cost-SpayNeuter-Resources
To view the 2018 Onslow County Code of Ordinances regarding animals, please click here.
All property owners are entitled to appeal their value if they feel that it is incorrect. Keep in mind that the value placed on the property is based upon sales of comparable properties during the last 6 months of the year prior to January 1, 2018, the date of the last general reappraisal.
It is important to remember that under North Carolina Law, the burden of proof rests on the taxpayer. Along with your signed request for appeal, you will need to submit documentation which supports your claim. Acceptable documents may include, but are not limited to: - An appraisal based on sales of comparable properties during the last 6 months of the year prior to January 1, 2018, the effective date of the county wide reappraisal. - Copies of Deed of Trust information and related appraisal. - A list of comparable sales provided by the taxpayer from the same time frame listed above. - Surveys, plat maps, perk tests or soil scientist reports (if they relate to your claim). - Photographs (especially important if you have interior or exterior problems with any buildings on the property).
It is very important that we receive these in advance in order to make the correct number of copies for our Board members for the day of your appointment.
North Carolina General Statutes States That the Board of Equalization and Review shall not adjust the current assessment to recognize a change in value caused by:1. Normal physical depreciation2. Changes in market conditions3. Betterments to the property made by repainting, terracing, landscaping, protecting against forest fires, or impounding water on marshland for wildlife habitat.
That will be a decision made between you and the provider at the time of the visit. It is subject to the type of birth control method and whether you have been on the birth control previously.
Physical/ pap smear with birth control methods is provided through our Family Planning Program. Services provided through the Family Planning Program are based on a sliding fee scale that takes into consideration your economic unit income and family size. We would need income information of those providing financial support to you. We typically look at income information for the past year.
If unemployed at the time of your appointment, we will look at income for the past 6 months and project zero income for you 6 months into the future.
If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage at the time of your appointment, we can file BCBS first. Any remaining unpaid balance will be your responsibility based on SFS from 0% - 100%.
A pap is not required for birth control. You will need to be seen by a provider for a birth control prescription. A pap is recommended to detect and prevent cervical cancer.
•HIV 1-2 weeks• RPR / Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea 1-2 weeks
Please call 910-347-2154 for information on the walk-in services. For detailed information on all services the Health Department offers including scheduling information, visit the Services section.
Pregnancy Testing is offered as a walk-in/same day service, as is STD screening and/or treatment
Bring your medical health insurance card(s), and vaccination record.
STD services are provided Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. by appointment or on a walk-in basis.
The STD clinic appointments fill up quickly. We recommend you come in early on the day you wish to be seen to ensure an appointment.
No. Please check your local phone listing for options.For detailed information on all services the Health Department offers, visit the Services section.
No. A legal guardian or parent must accompany children under 18 years of age with the exception of some teen services. A proxy may be appointed after the child’s initial visit for immunization services.For information on teen services and the Minor Consent law, visit the Teen Services page.
If you are sick, see your primary care physician, go to urgent care. Onslow Memorial Hospital provides emergency services.
Condoms are provided at no charge and may be obtained at the registration desk or during your clinic visit.Other birth control methods are provided in conjunction with a clinical service that may carry an out-of-pocket expense. All services in the family planning clinic are provided on a sliding fee scale.
Email, fax or bring a signed Release of Information Form and a photo ID to the Health Department. A copy of your immunization record can be mailed or faxed as requested in the signed release of information form. Once a child turns 18, he or she is responsible for obtaining a copy of their own immunization or medical record by the same process. To complete the Release of Information form, or for other documents, please visit the Clinic Forms & Documents page.
Pregnancy testing hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For general information on making appointments with the Health Department, please visit Make & Get To Appointments.
Contact the Onslow County Register of Deeds located at 109 Old Bridge Street or call 910-347-3451. For more information you may also visit the Register of Deeds page.
To obtain a Social Security card contact: Social Security Administration New Bern Office Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Phone 252-637-1703 You may also go to the North Carolina Social Security website.
For assistance with prescriptions you may check with your local pharmacies or the Health Department lobby for prescription discount cards. For further assistance please contact the Caring Community Clinic at 910-346-6149 or the Onslow County Department of Social Services at 910-938-5427. For additional information regarding prescription help or other services, please visit the Social Services Department page.
Please see your primary care provider or check local pharmacies for a blood pressure machine near the prescription area. For detailed information on all services the Health Department offers, please visit the Services section.
You can apply for Medicaid at: Onslow County Department of Social Services 612 College Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Phone 910-455-4145 For information on social services, please visit the Social Services Department page.
Patrons with active library cards can place hold requests and renew library materials by logging in to their account or calling their local branch.
Yes, the library does accept donations. Please review our "Donated Material Policy" below.
Donated Material Policy
The Library accepts donations of recently published books, magazines, audiobooks, music CDs and DVDs. All donations should be clean and in good condition.
We do not accept:
All donations are accepted without condition and become the property of the Library. Donated materials chosen for inclusion in the Library collection must meet the same selection criteria established for purchased materials. Donations not used for collection development will be included in book sales that generate additional funds for Library programs and services. All other types of gifts or donations made to the Library will be evaluated by Library Administration on a case by case basis.
Cash gifts may be made to the Library to purchase books or other materials in memory or honor of individuals. The subject matter of a gift may be suggested by the donor, however, the library staff will use established selection criteria to select and purchase the materials for the collection.
The Library can provide a receipt for any donation but cannot assign a specific value to donated materials.
No! Anybody that registers on the ReadSquared app can participate in the winter reading challenge! Even if you're not an Onslow County resident!
All ages! The Winter Reading Challenge is open to children and adults! When you register, simply enter the group the participate identifies with (Preschool, children or Teens/Adults).
If you have already created a family account for ReadSquared, all you have to do is log in and enroll each individual in the program they'll be participating in.
That's an easy fix! You can click the link under the login to get a password reset emailed to you, or you can call the library and our team would be happy to help get it reset for you!
No. When you create your account on ReadSquared, you will create a family account. Once your account is created, you'll be able to "add readers." Then you can manage all of the participants from one account.
There are multiple ways to access ReadSquared. You can access it from any web browser at: https://ocpl.readsquared.com OR search ReadSquared from the Apple or Google Play store and download the app.
When you complete the program, you will be able to download your certificate for completing the program but keep logging! All of your minutes and points continue to add up so you're eligible to win more prizes!
You can print your logging history. When you log, if you've put the title in, it will display the book, if not, it will only display the minutes read.
To access your Logging History:
When participating in the Winter Reading Challenge, all participants will log minutes read. It is optional for you to log the book title but go for it if you want to track what you've read!
No. If you're looking for ideas, check out the recommended reading on the webpage, but participants can log any reading or book they choose! You can read books, journals, cereal boxes, a magazine, listen to an audiobook; we just want to promote literacy, the library, and a LOVE of reading! Make it fun for your children; read with funny voices, squeeze the cereal box open and closed to mimic a mouth reading the ingredients!
We do require resident animals to be up-to-date on vaccinations as well as spayed/neutered. We will complete a reference check with your veterinarian prior to your approval as a new foster. When applying to foster, please ensure that you speak with your vet clinic and give permission to release information to speed the application process.
Finally, if you or someone in your household is immune-compromised, consult your doctor before fostering, since working or living with animals exposes humans to zoonotic diseases.
Many times a foster parent will find a perfect match through their own network of friends, family and colleagues. The shelter greatly welcomes these referrals!
In addition to the promotion that the shelter provides, we've found that some of the best promotion is done by the foster parent. Sharing information about your foster pet with family, friends, colleagues as well as to the public through flyers and social media can be a great way to get the word out. Even walking your foster dog with an "Adopt Me" bandana or vest is a great way to gain exposure for your foster!
Secondly, our animals benefit greatly from the special love and attention you can give them. Providing a foster dog with basic training and manners will increase their adoptability. Exercise and enrichment will assist in reducing stress and encourage good behavior for our more energetic friends. Shy animals will rely on your patience, routine in the home, and careful exposure to new people and situations to help build their confidence.
The 2023 Season opens April 8th! Open every Saturday from April 8 to November 25
8am - 12pm
The Onslow County Farmers' Market is located at 4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville NC.
The vendors accept cash but most can also accept credit/debit cards.
In our efforts to reduce plastic, we encourage you to bring your re-usable bags to Market. Vendors will be able to provide bags in case you forget.
If you have additional questions, email:email questions here:
or call (910) 455-5873. Please note that correspondence is monitored during business hours. There may be a delay due to holidays or closings.
North Carolina was part of a $26 billion dollar agreement providing funds to counties targeted by pharmaceutical companies marketing prescription opioids, which caused wide-spread opioid use disorders, overdoses, and deaths impacting communities statewide. In holding corporations accountable for their role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic, millions of dollars has been awarded to North Carolina communities to support treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and other life-saving programs and services.
As of December 2023, $1,375,354,409 awarded to North Carolina. Onslow County’s portion of the Opioid Settlement is $19,213,512 million dollars.
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.
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
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.
Adults that should attend an adult day care are adults who: - Have physical impairments that require assistance or supervision - Have memory loss or cognitive impairments that interfere with daily functioning - Have caregivers in need of respite
The benefits to the family and the participants in the Adult Day Care are that the program: - Offers respite to the full time caregiver - Allows family members time for employment or school opportunities - Allows the family to take daily trips - Provides less costly care than in-home or long term care options - Enables the family to remain together longer, delaying long term care admissions - Provides opportunities for companionship and socialization - Provides nutritious hot lunches and snacks - Supports constant supervision, rest and relaxation combined with a light exercise program - Participants may attend full time or part time.
Services provided by Adult Day Care include:- Approved food service; a hot, nutritious noon meal will be provided.- Morning and afternoon snacks are served.- Supervision of medications by certified nurse aides with a RN on call.- Monthly support groups that are available to family members.
Activities that are coordinated for the Adult Day Care include: - Bingo - Educational programs - Daily walks and outdoor games when weather permits - Music/sing-a-longs - Planned field trips - Rest and relaxation - Social activities and crafts
There are three types of guardian: 1. Guardian of the Person (one whose sole purpose is that of performing duties relating to the care, comfort and maintenance of a ward); 2. Guardian of the Estate (one appointed solely for the purpose of managing the property, estate and business affairs of a ward); 3. General Guardian (a guardian of both the estate and the person).
A guardian is not required to support the ward financially or to contribute his own resources to the ward, and is not liable for the ward’s debts. Guardians act in a decision-making capacity. They do not have to provide personal care or shelter for their ward(s).
Change of address forms can be found on our website https://www.onslowcountync.gov/FormCenter/Tax-Office-6/Address-Change-Request-103 .
Please complete and submit on-line or print and return to our office at 234 NW Corridor Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28540.
A change of address may also be emailed to: AddressChange@OnslowCountyNC.gov
The notice provides an amount that remains outstanding on this parcel.
If you have additional questions please call our office at 910-989-2202.
REAL PROPERTY tax bills that remain unpaid have interest that accrues at 2% interest the first month and 3/4% interest each month thereafter.
Taxes that remain unpaid are a lien against the property and are subject to foreclosure, bank attachment, garnishing of wages, and levy of personal property to be sold to satisfy the taxes.
PERSONAL PROPERTY tax bills that remain unpaid have interest that accrues at 2% interest the first month and 3/4% interest each month thereafter.
Personal taxes that remain unpaid are subject to bank account attachment, garnishment of wages, attachment of your state income tax refund, or levy of your personal property which may be sold to satisfy the tax bill.
Credit card companies charge a convenience fee to process your credit card transaction.
Typically credit card processing fees are absorbed by the company with whom you do business, however due to North Carolina Statutes, Onslow County does not have the authority to absorb this cost.
We are required by State Statute to advertise all outstanding real property bills in the local newspaper.
Taxes are advertised in the name of the person that owned the property on the date taxes became delinquent, January 6th of each year.
The debt setoff is a form of enforcement in which the North Carolina Department of Revenue is notified of your debt and any income tax refund or lottery winnings due to you will be attached to pay the bill.
The state will also charge a fee of 5.00 as well as an administrative fee of 15.00.
Once we receive the money from your refund through the debt set off program, we will apply this money to any delinquent taxes that you may have.
If all delinquent taxes have been paid, a refund of the overpayment received from the State will be issued to you.
Any debt that is past due is subject to all enforcement measures.
Please refer to the instruction sheet enclosed with your debt setoff letter.
The hearing officer has indicated in the instruction sheet that this letter does not keep you from having other collection enforcement measures taken against you.
The purpose of the letter is to allow you 30 days to object to the refund being attached. You must have a valid reason for an objection (such as: not your tax bill or never lived in Onslow.)
There was a gap in the registration of your vehicle resulting in a gap in the taxes billed.
The registration for your vehicle previously expired.
The vehicle registration was recently renewed or a new registration was issued. During the gap in registration, the vehicle was unregistered.
The County is required to collect property taxes for unregistered vehicles per North Carolina General Statute 105-330.3
For more information, see our website at: https://www.onslowcountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6954/What-is-a-Motor-Vehicle-Gap-Bill
It is unlawful for any person other than a mobile home manufacturer or retailer to remove or cause to be removed any mobile home without first obtaining a tax permit from the Tax Collector of the county in which the mobile home is situated.
For more information, visit our website at: https://www.onslowcountync.gov/285/Mobile-Home-Moving-Permits
Permits may obtained at the Onslow County Tax Office, Collections Division, located at 234 NW Corridor Boulevard in Jacksonville.
In order to obtain a permit, any delinquent taxes plus estimated current year taxes must be paid.
In the event that the mobile home was not properly listed, the home must be listed and taxes computed in order to process the permit request.
Yes, the Tax Office Drop box is located by the entrance to the Onslow County Government Center.
Please do not place cash in the drop box.
Generally, valid sales that occurred within 12 months of the last countywide revaluation date (January 1, 2018) can be considered, provided that the properties that sold are comparable to yours in terms of location and similar features. Transactions between related parties, foreclosures, short sales, and auctions are not considered valid sales.
Any juvenile who is between the age of 6-17 who has committed an offense which could be considered a crime or infraction, including violation of the motor vehicle laws.
All our offices are located at 220 Georgetown Road (between the Board of Education and ONWASA).