Zoning Certification Course

  • Chapel Hill, NC
This course is sponsored by North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials.

This is a seven day course and exam split over 2-3 weeks to explore more focused topics of zoning administration in preparation for the CZO Exam. Participants will take the NCAZO Certification exam the last day of class. The course is offered annually in the Spring. Attendees should plan to attend all dates.

This course is intended primarily for intermediate zoning staff with responsibilites for administering zoning ordinances, with an emphasis on ordinance enforcement. The Zoning Practice course is a prerequisite for this clourse and to sit for the exam. Please see the details tab for more information on prerequsites.

For more information and crieria for CZO certification by NCAZO, click here for the NCAZO certification program.

General Course Content

  • General [3.5 hr]
    • Public records
    • Ethics
    • Liability
  • Zoning Administration [10 hr]
    • Legal framework review
    • Dealing with particular uses
    • Maps and site plan review
    • Ordinance amendments
    • Quasi-judicial procedures
    • Interpretation
  • Enforcement [13 hr]
    • Overview (permits, appeals, administrative enforcement)
    • Research and investigative techniques
    • Legal issues with inspections (warrants, evidence, trespass)
    • Case study
    • Litigation
    • Dealing with conflict and difficult situations
  • Certification [5 hr]
    • Certification program
    • Exam review
    • Exam 
The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, August 1, September 1 and December 1.

Additional information

Prerequisites:
In order to qualify for the Zoning Officials Certification course, a candidate must have completed ONE of the prerequisite course options below. Prerequisite options:

  • A candidate must have completed the course Zoning Practice.
  • If you attended either of the pre-2013 course offerings: Intro to Zoning, or Intro to Planning then you also meet the prerequisite requirement.
  • Approval by faculty

If you have not satisfied the prerequisite, you may not register for this course without prior approval. In select cases, a combination of knowledge and work experience may be substitutable for the prerequisite course. Please contact David Owens, owens@sog.unc.edu, if you are requesting wavier of prerequisites.

CZO Manual-click here 

 

Special Note:

Prerequisite exemption requests are considered on a case by case basis. If you need a permission waiver for prerequisites, please contact David Owens, owens@sog.unc.edu. While undergraduate and graduate degrees in planning are helpful, the focus of the certification class and exam is on zoning enforcement, which is often not extensively covered in academic programs.  North Carolina experience can justify an exemption. It is important to note that subjects covered in the Foundations and Zoning Practice courses (general government organization, geographic jurisdiction, public records, open meetings, basic constitutional limits on regulations, and the like) are subject to exam coverage and are not re-covered in detail in the Certification course.  As a general rule, ten years of active zoning enforcement work and training is an acceptable substitute for the prerequisite courses. Persons considering a waiver request should carefully review the course content of the Foundations and Zoning Practice courses as that material is subject to coverage on the Certification examination.

Hotel: Quality Inn Chapel Hill
1740 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 
919-968-3000

A block of rooms has been set up at the Quality Inn Chapel Hill with a special rate of $71.00. To reserve a room please call the hotel directly at 919-968-3000 and provide the name "Zoning Certification". To receive the special rate reservations must be made no later than April 1, 2018 for session 1 and May 1, 2018 for session 2.

Hotel: Hyatt Place Durham/Southpoint
7840 NC Highway 751, Durham, NC 27713
919-688-7800

A block of rooms has been set up at the Hyatt Place Durham/Southpoint with a special rate of $105.00. To reserve a room please call the hotel directly at 919-688-7800

and provide the name "Zoning Certification". To reserve your room online please click the following links: Session 1 or Session 2. To receive the special rate reservations must be made no later than March 15, 2018 for session 1 and April 16, 2018 for session 2.

You are of course welcome to make a reservation at any hotel you choose, these are courtesy hold room blocks.

Planning and Development Regulation Resource Site:

Focuses on planning and land use law issues within the state of North Carolina. This website contains links to external resource sites, recent blogs, hot topics, the new Bill List for 2013, a link to sign up for the NCPlan Listserv, publications and course information. Click this link: NC Planning

Join the NCPlan Listserv: You may also wish to sign up for the NCPlan Listserv where you can see related emails and post questions to your peers. Link to sign up: SOG Listservs

  • Chapel Hill, NC
    April 16 - 19, 2018
    May 15 - 17, 2018
    School of Government
    Knapp-Sanders Building, CB #3330
    400 South Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    View Scholarship Information
    The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, August 1, September 1 and December 1.
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before April 01, 2018 will receive a full refund. Those who cancel on or before April 08, 2018 will receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be made for cancellations made after April 08, 2018. All cancellations must be submitted in writing, as outlined in the School’s cancellation policy.
    $800.00

There will be a class notebook distributed on the first day of class. You may also want to make sure you have Introduction to Zoning and Development Regulation by David Owens.

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Julie Truluck

Program Manager
919.962.4252
David Owens
Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government