City-County Planning Department

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Development Services Center
The Development Services Center is a one-stop-shop for Durham City and County development services. The DSC supports the City of Durham's Strategic Plan goal of promoting a strong & diverse economy, and Durham County’s Strategic Plan goals of Environmental Stewardship and Community Prosperity and Safe Community
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Development Services Center
Durham Maps
Durham's Geographic Information System (GIS) is dedicated to providing the community with access to computerized information such as tables, maps, plans and other graphic documents through expert implementation of the principles of geography, cartography and geospatial analysis. City and county departments work side by side to develop applications which include land records information, street centerlines, hydrology, digital aerial photography and more. Click the icon below to explore more.
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Historic Preservation
Durham has been proactively dedicated to the protection and preservation of its historic resources since the 1970s by inventorying historically significant structures in the City and County, designating local historic districts and landmarks, establishing and supporting the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), and nominating properties and districts for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Unified Development Ordinance
Adopted in 2006, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) lays out the rules for the physical development of property. The UDO designates zoning of properties in Durham, and is crafted to result in a built environment that meets the goals of the Comprehensive Plan. The UDO superseded the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

Please click on the following link to access a searchable and navigable version of the UDO, which indicates the most recent “amended date” and includes a list of adopted text amendments.

Boards and Commissions
The Planning Department provides staff liaisons to nine boards and commissions. Members of these boards and commissions are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and the Durham City Council.

Click here to learn more about the City-County Boards and Commissions

Planning Commission
Learn More
The Durham City-County Planning Department has gathered additional resources to aid in the development of our community. Click on a topic below to learn more about our department and supplemental planning information:

​About Durham City-County Planning.


The Durham City-County Planning Department is the planning agency for the City and County of Durham. The Department works with the community to develop long-range and special area plans containing policies to direct growth. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the Department helps to make Durham a great place to live, work, and play by working to create a strong and diverse economy, and thriving and livable neighborhoods, as well as the County’s Strategic Plan goals of Environmental Stewardship and Community Prosperity and Safe Community.

For more information, go to Learn More and discover more about Durham City-County Planning and common topics involved with the city planning process.