Haywood County Departments

  • Addressing The 9-1-1 Addressing Department provides a comprehensive and uniform system of permanent road addresses for all residences and businesses throughout the county in order to facilitate provision of adequate public safety and emergency response services.
  • Administrator/Program Evaluator -The Administrator/Program Evaluator provides data analysis and visualization, project management, strategic planning, and research support to County departments and the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Animal Services - Haywood County Animal Services is responsible for investigating animal cruelty, enforcing existing animal control laws, and managing stray animals.
  • Assessor's OfficeThe Assessment Division is part of the Tax Administration Department and is responsible for maintaining records of real and personal property ownership for use in determining Ad Valorem taxation. The Assessment Division also includes the Real Property Appraisal Office, which is responsible for the appraisal of all land and buildings, and the Personal Property Office, which assesses value on personal property such as mobile homes, untagged motor vehicles, boats, motors, farm equipment, aircraft, business machinery and equipment, or property rented to others as part of a business.
  • Board of Commissioners- The Board of Commissioners is the governing body of Haywood County. The five-member board is elected at large for four-year staggered terms and may serve unlimited terms. Their duties include deciding what services should be provided to the citizens and how to pay for the services; appointing the County Manager and County Attorney; designating the County Clerk; adopting an annual budget; setting the property tax rate; establish service levels for solid waste, emergency services, public safety, library, public health, mental health and social services; adopting zoning and subdivision regulations; approving new positions, and appointing over 300 people to 50 citizen boards. The Board meets twice each month, normally on the first Monday at 9:00 a.m. and the third Monday at 5 p.m. in Room 3451 of the Haywood County Justice Center, 215 North Main Street, Waynesville.
  • Building Inspections - The Haywood County Building Inspection Department is responsible for inspecting and issuing permits for all building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical applications for both the residential and commercial fields.
  • Buildings and Grounds - This department oversees the maintenance needs and repairs to all county buildings and grounds.
  • County Manager - The Haywood County Manager is the chief administrator of county government. The manager is responsible to the Board of Commissioners for the administration of all departments of county government. The County Manager’s Office also includes the County Attorney, Public Information Officer and Administrative Assistant. The County Manager is responsible for implementing the directives of the Board of Commissioners, strategically managing various County departments, developing an annual budget and capital improvement program, providing public information on County services and programs, providing legal support, ensuring accurate records of Commissioners’ action and policies, and serving as Clerk to the Board.
  • Economic Development Commission
  • Elections, Board of- The Board of Elections is responsible for supervising voter registration and conducting all elections held within the county, including federal, state, county, municipal, school boards, bond issues, ABC issues, and other items that would be voted on by the public. Its functions include establishing election precincts, appointing election officials, hearing appeals, and investigating voter irregularities. The office maintains public records on all voters, past elections, campaign-reporting files, and other election related materials. This office also maintains all voting equipment and supplies used during elections.
  • Emergency ServicesThe Emergency Services department is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the activities of Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Marshal. This office also works with the fire and rescue squads in the county.
  • Erosion & Sediment Control-  The mission of the Haywood County Erosion and Sediment Control Program is to allow development within Haywood County in the most expedient manner and in the most cost-effective way while at the same time protecting our natural resources and properties adjoining land-disturbing activity from sediment damage. The department oversees the County's Slope Ordinance and works with all persons involved in land-disturbing activity in Haywood County to enforce the county’s erosion and sediment control ordinance and to make sure that all reasonable measures are taken to prevent damage to public and private property.
  • Finance-  The County's Finance Department is responsible for overseeing the financial affairs of the County in accordance with all applicable local, State, and Federal regulations. It maintains the accounts of the County in accordance with generally accepted principles of governmental accounting. In addition, the Finance Department oversees all purchasing functions as well as all building and vehicle maintenance needs of the County.
  • Garage- The County Garage oversees auto maintenance for all county vehicles. In addition, the garage works with Mountain Projects to provide maintenance for all Haywood Public Transit vehicles.
  • Health and Human Services
  • Human Resources- The Human Resources Department provides assistance to employees and applicants; reviews programs and benefits and makes recommendations in order to have the best workplace possible. It is responsible for personnel records, benefits, employee relations, recruitment and selection, some payroll and training programs, compliance with federal and state personnel/employment regulations, compensation, and risk management.
  • Information Technology- The Information Technology Department provides technology and guidance to enhance the delivery of County government services and increase public and employee access to and quality of vital government data. The Information Technology Division is responsible for the day to day operation of network services, security, Internet and Intranet services, application support, and training.
  • Land Records/GIS- The Land Records/Geographic Information Services Department is a function of the Tax Administration Office and is responsible for the development, maintenance, and dissemination of the County’s digital geographic data.
  • Library- The Library System consists of a Main Library in Waynesville and three branch facilities located in Canton, Maggie Valley and Fines Creek. The library offers books, periodicals, videos on DVD, as well as books and music on cd. All materials are available for checkout at no cost. Electronic resources such the NC Digital Library (e-books, music and video), Zinio (e-magazines), Freegal (free e-music) and Pronunciator (language software) are also offered through the library’s website. Users will need to have a current library card in good standing. The library system also provides public access to the Internet at all four branches.
  • Planning DepartmentThe Planning Department functions include reviewing plats for new subdivision and development in the county, studying and recommending long and short range planning needs for the county for transportation, economic development, infrastructure, land use, and environmental priorities. The mechanism for implementing such recommendations and for ensuring the County has controlled, balanced growth is through the development of planning ordinances and regulations. The Haywood County Planning Board directs the planning staff in identifying needs and formulating policies for governing growth for the ultimate purpose of promoting the public health, safety and general welfare of its citizens.
  • Public Information OfficeThe Public Information Office is responsible for the preparation of news releases and other information related to county government; HCTV, the Haywood County government access channel; and the county web page.
  • Recreation and Parks- The Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our county by coordinating and providing recreation programs and facilities.
  • Recycling Center- Haywood County, through the Solid Waste Management Department, operates ten collection "convenience" centers, a Materials Recovery Facility, and White Oak Landfill. The ten collection convenience centers collect household waste plus recyclables.
  • Register of Deeds- The Haywood County Register of Deeds serves as custodian of all records of real estate, vital records, military discharges and the certification of notary publics. You can apply for a marriage license in the Register of Deed’s Office and it is where you get a certified copy of the license. You can also obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate or that of a loved one’s death certificate, if the birth and or death did in fact occur in Haywood County.
  • Sheriff's Office- The Haywood County Office of the Sheriff is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to protect the safety of the citizens of Haywood County, and to enforce the laws of North Carolina.
  • 911 Communications- Part of the Sheriff's Office, the 911 Communications Center serves the public by responding to 911 calls and dispatching the proper resources to address emergency needs.
  • Soil and Water Conservation- The Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District is a local organization charged with the responsibility of promoting soil and water conservation and establishing conservation programs in the District. The District partners with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to carry out these responsibilities, working with state, federal, and local agencies on natural resource concerns.
  • Tax Office- The Haywood County Tax Administration office oversees the assessment of Ad Valorem taxes for the County, and oversees the Land Records/GIS department. This office assures that all values are equal for all property, regardless of who the owner may be. The Tax Collection Office has the responsibility to see that taxes are paid for all taxable property.
  • Veterans Services- The Haywood County Veteran's Service Officer assists veterans and their dependents in filing claims with the Veterans Administration for benefits and service.
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