It is the mission of the City of Oxford's Planning Department to help to ensure the health, safety, and general welfare of the public and to help ensure the protection of the environment relating to zoning by providing fair, consistent, and timely enforcement of local codes and ordinances through service, education, and coordination with other agencies.

The Planning Staff is available to answer questions concerning: zoning, setback requirements, subdivision regulations, rezoning matters, site plan review, annexation, property uses, variances, special use permits, special event permits, minimum housing, weeded lots and abandoned/junk vehicles.


The Planning Board functions as an advisory board to the Mayor and Oxford Board of Commissioners concerning the use and amendment of ordinances, rezoning requests, and review of subdivision plats.  The Planning Board meets every 4th Monday of the month at 5:30 PM in the Commissioner's Board Room located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall.

The fee for a rezoning request is $150.00.  Subdivision plats for 1-5 lots are $125.00 and over 5 lots at $300.00. PUD Applications are $300.00.

For a list of Planning Board Members, click here.


The Zoning Board of Adjustment functions as a quasi judicial board.  The Board of Adjustment reviews special use applications, variance applications and hear appeals to the zoning administrator's decisions.  The Board of Adjustment meets the first Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Commissioner's Board Room located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall.  All applications are due to the Planning Department 25 days prior to the meeting date.  There is a $175.00 filing fee for each application. 

Application for Special Use Permit

Application for Variance Permit

For a list of Zoning Board Members, click here


Cheryl Hart, Planning Director for the City of Oxford is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a BA in Public Administration. She has been the Planning Director since April of 1992.

The Planning and Zoning Office is located at City Hall, 300 Williamsboro Street.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  For additional information call (919) 603-1117 or send an email to



Planning & Zoning Fees

Oxford Zoning Ordinance

Historic Preservation Commission

Oxford Community Appearance Commission

Oxford Comprehensive Plan


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