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Community & Economic Development

Contact Us:
Christopher Seaberg
(click here to email)

Community & Economic
Development Manager

About Us

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.

New Bern, NC Demographics with visuals

Development Review
Department Review meetings are at 9:00 AM in the Development Services Department conference room, on 303 First Street. Applicants must submit applications by 12:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. The site plan review process must be completed prior to submitting applications for consideration by the Planning and Zoning Board or the Board of Adjustment. Three (3) folded sets of plans are required for submission and review.  Questions may be directed to Seth Laughlin at (252)639-7582 or by email.

If you're planning a project in New Bern please contact Development Services at (252)639-7581. We will serve as your ombudsmen throughout the development process.

Helpful Links on this website 
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.