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Zoning Certification Course

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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. 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.

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 * Ethics * Liability

Zoning Administration [10 hr] * Legal framework review * Dealing with particular uses * Maps and site plan review * Ordinance amendments * Quasi-judicial procedures * Interpretation

Enforcement [13 hr] * Overview (permits, appeals, administrative enforcement) * Research and investigative techniques * Legal issues with inspections (warrants, evidence, trespass) * Case study * Litigation * Dealing with conflict and difficult situations

Certification [5 hr] * Certification program * Exam review * Exam


Topics - Local and State Government

Planning and Development Regulation

Who should attend

  • Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
  • Planning and Zoning Professionals
  • Planners
  • Zoners


David Owens joined the Institute of Government in 1989. Prior to that, he was an attorney and senior planner for the Wisconsin State Planning Office and spent 10 years with the NC Division of Coastal Management. His publications include numerous books and articles on zoning law, including the bas...


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