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Zoning Officer

Sara Knies   919-930-1243

Hours: by appointment

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This office is charged with administrating and enforcing the Code of the Borough of Milford. Please contact this office regarding the proposed:

  • Land Use & Commercial Use Questions

  • Zoning Regulation and Local Laws for the Borough of Milford

  • Subdivisions

  • Lot-line re-alignments

  • Site Plans/Amended Site Plans

  • Special Use Permits

  • Grading Permits

  • Temporary Outdoor Sales/ Promotional Events Permits

  • Sign permits

Most Frequently Asked Zoning Questions:

What are my setback requirements?
Depends on the zone you are in. Setback requirements also differ regarding whether you are constructing a principal dwelling/addition or a separate free-standing accessory structure.

Do I need a permit for a shed?
A zoning permit shall be required for all pool permits and shed permits in all zones.

Can I subdivide my property?
Only if you have enough property to create lots that will meet all the minimum bulk requirements in your particular zone.

Do you have a survey of my property?
Rarely, unless a home was built very recently and the Building Department has an as-built survey on file.


Do I need a permit for a fence?

Yes. Zoning permits are required for all fences regardless of height. Any fences over 6' in height also require a Construction Permit. 

Do I need a permit to run a business out of my house?
Only if what is proposed meets the definition of a “Home Occupation.” Some uses, such as “Home Office,” are permitted but require a Special Use Permit and Site Plan approval from the Planning Board.

Why wasn’t I notified that my neighbor is building a house, pool, deck, etc.?
No notification is made unless the proposed structure requires a Variance or a Special Use Permit. Then the abutting and adjoining neighbors are notified before a public hearing on the matter. You may wish to view this website monthly for agendas for the Planning Board for more information.


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