Code Enforcement

Legal Authority of Cities and Towns

Municipal governments in North Carolina, most often known as cities or towns, are created by act of the NC General Assembly. The creation of the municipality is formalized in a Charter that sets forth specific organizational elements and fundamentals of the governing authority for the municipality. All law (ordinance) making authority for cities is granted or restricted by the General Assembly. While broad authority has been granted municipalities to enact ordinances maintaining the Public Health, Safety, and Welfare, other General Statutes tightly control the operation of specific aspects of local ordinance. An example of this is clearly scene in the NC annexation law and municipal construction contracting law. These are examples of how the State of North Carolina dictates the specific regulations and procedures by which municipalities may undertake the respective activity, without any municipal modification allowed whatsoever. In some cases the State enacts specific legislation that restricts municipalities from any rights of regulation for specific activities. Examples of this are clearly demonstrated in the ABC Commissions ability to regulate alcohol sales and restrict the zoning authority of the town to disallow such sales in the town and the preemption of zoning regulations affecting the placement of Family Care Homes in residential districts in municipalities.

The Louisburg Town Code applies to all property located within the Corporate Limits of Louisburg and can be found here: Louisburg Municipal Code

Question: What is the difference between a town, city, hamlet, or village etc. in North Carolina? Is it Size? Is it population? Is it budget size?
Actually, the determination of whether a municipality is identified as a city, town, village, hamlet, or some other name is based on how the Town Charter identifies the entity. That is why you may see a municipality that has 75,000 citizens referred to as a “Village” while another entity of 1200 people is called a “City”.

Code Enforcement in Louisburg

Social order is maintained in the United States through the adoption and enforcement of Law. Laws enacted in and applicable to the citizens of the State of North Carolina are known as General Statutes (NCGS). Local law is enacted by local governing bodies such as Town Councils and County Commissioners. Unless otherwise authorized by General Statute, law adopted by a governing body is only applicable to that specific jurisdiction within the city limits. A number of development related laws are applicable outside of the city limits into an area known as the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), these include the Zoning Ordinance, Watershed Protection, Subdivision, Flood Hazard Ordinance, and others. In Louisburg the ETJ extends to an area delineated approximately one mile beyond the city limits in all directions.

Laws adopted by the Louisburg Town Council are known as Ordinances. Ordinances assure the protection of the Public Health, Welfare, and Safety and are also affected by local culture, values, and characteristics. The Equal Protection of all citizen rights assures that the entire community and not specific individuals are guaranteed equal rights and privileges.

Ordinances may be entered into an organized format and categorized for ease of use. This collection of ordinances, so organized, is known as the Louisburg Town Code. The Town Code is an easy reference to most all ordinances. The Code includes the Town Charter and regulations ranging from speed limits on local streets to specific requirements for Taxi driver licenses.

The Louisburg Code Enforcement officer is Mr. Tony King, 919-497-1003. Most common enforcement activities are related to (1) Nuisance lots which have unsafe material, high grass, trash, or debris located upon them; (2) Abandoned or Junked Vehicles in Louisburg, (3) Unsafe Housing, or (4) Animal related issues.

Specific ordinances of interest that are often inquired about are linked to in the adjoining Section.

Zoning Map

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Mr. Tony King,
Code Enforcement Officer
Phone: 919-497-1003