Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement is a division of Burke County Community Development

Mission Statement

The Burke County Code Enforcement Division is dedicated to working in cooperation with county officials, property owners and citizens to preserve the beauty and value of property and lands within Burke County as well as promoting the safety, health and general well being of all citizens and visitors of the county.


The purpose of the Burke County Code Enforcement Division is to address the needs of the county in regard to Zoning, Solid Waste, and Building Code. These areas include but are not limited to the following:

  • Zoning Enforcement: Unauthorized structures and businesses, preservation of lands, watershed protection, environmental concerns
  • Solid Waste Enforcement: Junk cars, roadside trash, abandoned mobile homes, nuisance vehicles, environmental concerns, landfill and container site regulation
  • Building Enforcement: Minimum housing standards, unsafe living conditions, Insect and Rodent infestation, environmental concerns

Unauthorized structures and development of land may potentially affect property values and destroy precious natural resources. Waste products from land development as well as abandoned vehicles and trash can run off into water supplies and cause health concerns.

Nuisance vehicles and structures are not only unsightly but potential breeding grounds for rodents and insects. Minimum housing standards ensure that residents of Burke County are provided with safe and healthy living conditions.

How to File a Complaint


A code enforcement investigation begins with a written complaint from a citizen. Complaints can be submitted online by clicking this link and filling out the web form.

  • This is required by Ordinance and is public record.
  • The Code Enforcement Division will release a complainant's information with a written request.
  • Code Enforcement Officers may complete complaint forms themselves if they witness a violation.
  • Verbal/Anonymous information is accepted and investigated, however, written complaints will take priority.
  • Code Enforcement Officers must be able to directly witness a violation. Unverifiable information and hearsay will not be accepted.
  • Generally, a Code Enforcement Officer will conduct a site visit within five days of receiving a complaint unless circumstances dictate otherwise.
  • Responsible parties will be notified if a violation exists. The nature and severity of penalties are assessed on a case by case basis.

Complaint forms may be picked up at:
Zoning Office
110 N Green Street
Morganton NC 28655