Upcoming Course Offerings
May 2 - 4, 2017
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.
Dates for 2017 are April 18-21 and May 2-4.
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.
The cost of the 2017 training is $750. This includes both weeks and the exam.
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
- Zoning Administration [10 hr]
- Legal framework review
- Dealing with particular uses
- Maps and site plan review
- Ordinance amendments
- Quasi-judicial procedures
- Enforcement [13 hr]
- Overview (permits, appeals, administrative enforcement)
- Research and investigative techniques
- Legal issues with inspections (warrants, evidence, trespass)
- Case study
- Dealing with conflict and difficult situations
- Certification [5 hr]
- Certification program
- Exam review
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. Zoning Practice will next be offered Oct. 11-13, 2017.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are requesting wavier of prerequisites.
CZO Manual-click here
Prerequisite exemption requests are considered on a case by case basis. If you need a permission waiver for prerequisites, please contact David Owens, email@example.com. 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.
We have room blocks at two hotels in the area. Please note the cut-off dates. The rooms are first come first serve.
Comfort Inn – Chapel Hill/Durham
Address: 3508 Mt Moriah Rd, Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 490-494
Price: $74/ night
Cutoff date: April 10th, 2017
“Zoning Certification” is the name of the Training.
Hyatt Place – Southpoint mall area
Address: 7840 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713
Price: $102/ night
Cutoff date: March 31st, 2017
“School of Government April Training/ Zoning”
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
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.
This is the 2017 Zoning Certification course agenda. Please click to reveal and download.