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The primary focus of the Community and Economic Development Division is to foster the stability of growth in the City of New Bern.  We strive to improve housing conditions, public facilities and enhance the quality of life for residents, with emphasis on our community’s economy and its commercial areas. The  division is committed to bringing new business to New Bern while working with existing businesses to ensure their success. Community and Economic Development provides resources for helping interested businesses with site location, technical assistance, grants, loans and other relevant information.  To contact our Community and Economic Development Manager, call (252)639-7580.

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Development Review
Site plan review is required for all commercial development projects involving the construction, exterior alteration, relocation, occupancy, or change in use of any building. The Departmental Review Committee is composed of Planning, Building Inspections, Fire, Public Works, Engineering, Police, and Public Utilities, working together to render decisions on applications as a single decision-making body. 

For more information pertaining to the site plan review process, please see City code section 15-71

Department Review meetings are normally held once a month at 9:00 a.m. in the Development Services Conference Room located at 303 First Street.  A complete application is required and must include 3 sets of folded site plans and one electronic copy of the submittal package. Questions may be directed to the Land and Community Development Administrator at (252)639-7582 or by email.

Helpful Links
Business Development Permit Applications, Forms and Documents
Community Development Grant Programs

Thinking of Starting a Business?
The mission of the Small Business Center is to help aspiring entrepreneurs.  Their goal is to increase the success rate of start-ups and the number of viable small businesses in eastern North Carolina by providing high-quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing business owners.  They also offer confidential business counseling services and resource libraries. All services and workshops are fully-funded and available at no charge.