Temporary Use

A Zoning Temporary Use Permit is needed for any temporary event in duration of more than three days. Examples of temporary events that require a permit include carnivals and revivals.

Temporary events cannot occur longer in duration than 30 days and a site cannot have more than three temporary events in a calendar year.


  • None

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Issuance of a Zoning Temporary Use Permit by the Development Services Center
  • The permit lists all required inspections

Submittal Requirements

  1. Completed Temporary Use Permit Application (PDF) submitted to the Development Services Center or online through Accela Citizen Access (ACA).
  2. Application fee

Permit Requirements

  1. The temporary event must comply with the Development Ordinance regulations, which include:
    • Ample parking provided for the event
    • Written authorization from the property owner
    • Outdoor events within 500 feet of any residence must cease operation by 10 p.m.
    • Noise controlled so that it does not unduly disturb adjoining property owners
    • Adequate restroom facilities provided
    • Licenses and/or permits from other agencies have been obtained
  2. Payment of required permit fee.
  3. Applicant is authorized to obtain the permit.
  4. Upon meeting all permit requirements, the applicant is entitled to a Zoning Temporary Use Permit.

Additional Information

  • Projects are assigned a Case Manager to act as the point of contact and assist with managing the project through the permit review process.

​Expected Processing Time

  • Within 2 business days of receipt of an application the Planning & Development Department will determine whether an application is complete or incomplete.
  • If the application is incomplete, then the applicant will be notified within those 2 business days with a written list of application deficiencies. 
  • If the application is complete, then it shall be considered submitted.
  • Approximately 5 business days from submittal of a complete application the Planning & Development Department will approve, approve subject to conditions, or disapprove the application in accordance with review standards of the Development Ordinance.
  • The application will be approved upon the determination that it meets all applicable review standards of the Development Ordinance.
  • If the permit application is approved subject to conditions, the applicant may submit a revised application to show conformance with the conditions of approval or address the comments.
  • If the application does not meet the review standards of the Development Ordinance, it will be denied with comments and the applicant may appeal or revise the application addressing the comments.
  • Any revised application will be reviewed and decided within 5 business days of submittal.
  • If the applicant appeals a denial, it will be considered in accordance with the appeal provisions of the Development Ordinance.


  • All permit fees are due prior to permit issuance
  • See the Development Fee Schedule (PDF) for specific fees
  • Payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Check or Money Order payable to the City of High Point
  • Online (ACA) payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and E-check