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1. What do I need to get a Building Permit? What size plans do I have to submit? Do I need an architect or engineer?
2. When is a Licensed Contractor required?
3. Do I need an architect to draw my plans?
4. Do I need a permit for a residential storage building?
5. When is a remodeling permit required?
6. How big of a building can I put on this lot? How much of my lot can I cover with buildings? What type of business is allowed on this property? How close to my lot line can I build?
7. Can I get a Farm Exemption?
8. Does Gaston County have Code books for sale?
9. If I make changes on my approved plans, do I need to bring them back to plan review?
10. What's the difference between a modular home and a mobile home?
11. When do I need a permit from the Health Department?
12. What is the status of my plan I submitted?
13. I was turned down on my inspection, who can I talk to about it?
14. What's my building permit going to cost?
15. Who do I contact about asbestos or lead paint?
16. Who do I talk to about site grading, soil erosion, water quality, wetlands, stream run-off, etc.?
17. What are helpful hints for permitting electronically with Gaston County?

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1. What is the UDO and how will it affect my property?
2. How can I get a copy of this ordinance?
3. What is Planning and Zoning? What are there essential functions?
4. Who do I contact with questions regarding this ordinance?
5. Where can I find a list of terms / definitions?
6. What instances require a zoning permit?
7. What are the basic procedures for obtaining a building permit?
8. What are the procedures to subdivide my property?
9. How do I file a complaint? (building code, zoning, and minimum housing)
10. What Watershed am I in? What are those regulations?
11. Is my property in the floodplain?
12. What do I do if my property doesn't comply with the UDO regulations?
13. What will happen if I violate the UDO?
14. What is the fee schedule?
15. What is a Conditional Use Permit?
16. What is Parallel Conditional Use Zoning (PCUP)?
17. What is a text amendment?
18. How do I get a variance?
19. What is an appeal? How do I file an appeal?
20. What is a Special Exception? How do I request a Special Exception?
21. Are there deadlines for submitting requests?
22. What is the process of constructing a residential structure on a piece of property?
23. What are the required setbacks? (residential, commercial, industrial)
24. Can I start a business in / at my home?
25. How do I establish a particular use?
26. What is the Urban Standards Overlay (USO) District?
27. What is the purpose of landscaping regulations?
28. What are signage regulations for?
29. What are parking requirements for?
30. What is the meaning and purpose of "Open Space"?
31. What are the subdivision standards?
32. What is the Planning Board?
33. What is the role of the Board of Commissioners?
34. What is the Board of Adjustment?

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1. What is a visitation center?
2. How does a visitation center help families?
3. Who does the visitation center serve?

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1. Why are children in Foster Care?
2. What is the goal of Foster Care?
3. What happens when a child cannot be reunified with their parents?
4. Who can become a foster parent?
5. How do I get started?
6. What are the types of foster care?

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1. What is health equity?
2. What is the Health Equity Team?
3. What is the purpose of this team?

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1. How will this impact my care?
2. Why is the change in delivery services happening?
3. How will this change my experience at the practice?
4. Who is going to see me when I come to the office?
5. Who will deliver my baby?
6. What if I want to see another doctor?
7. How do I get my medical records?

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1. What is Park Hop?
2. How can I sign-up to participate in Park Hop?
3. How do I submit my clues?
4. When is Park Hop?
5. How do I get my prizes?
6. Who is eligible to win prizes?
7. I need reminders. Do you have a newsletter?
8. I need a little more help. Who can I contact?

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1. Why did the DHHS Board implement a Tobacco-Free Rule?
2. Why does the Gaston County Tobacco Rule include government grounds and parks in the rule?
3. Why is the DHHS Board addressing smoking and tobacco use?
4. How can you tell people that they aren't allowed to do a legal behavior?
5. I didn't think e-cigarettes/vaping devices had tobacco in them, why are they included?
6. Why does it matter that I smoke outside or use smokeless tobacco products?
7. How will this rule be enforced?
8. Can I smoke in my car?
9. Is there a penalty?

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1. How do I register to vote?
2. What are the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in Gaston County?
3. How do I know if I'm already registered?
4. How do I change my address or political party affiliation?
5. I've registered to vote and was sent a card in the mail, what do I do with it?
6. Why can't I register as an Independent?
7. How does my party affiliation affect my ability to vote in a primary election?
8. Who can vote in a primary run-off?
9. How do I request an absentee ballot?
10. How do I become a precinct official?
11. Can I hold a registration drive?
12. How do I find my representatives?
13. Why do I get so many cards in the mail?
14. I have a relative who has passed away, how do I cancel their voter registration?
15. Where do I vote?
16. When are the polls open?
17. Where can I view a sample ballot?
18. Do I have to show my identification (ID) at the polls?
19. I saw somebody at the polls today who does not live in this precinct anymore. How do I get that person to vote where he/she is supposed to?
20. What if I am unable to enter the polling place because of age or physical disability?
21. I plan to bring a voter to vote curbside. Can I sit in the car and vote curbside, too?
22. I am legally blind. Can someone accompany me in the voting booth?
23. May I sign a voter registration application for someone else?
24. Can my Power of Attorney vote for me?

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1. Did you know?
2. What do precinct officials do?
3. Will I receive training?
4. What are the qualifications to become a precinct official?
5. What are the requirements of precinct officials?
6. What are some frequently used knowledge, skills and abilities of precinct officials?
7. How do I become a precinct worker?

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1. Website not Rendering Correctly
2. Where can I find Help for the GIS website?
3. Can I download GIS data / Parcel information?
4. Where is the zoning for the Town of Ranlo?
5. How can I tell if Taxes are owed or what the Tax Bill is?
6. What do I need to use the GIS website?
7. How can I tell what browser I am using?
8. Why do I need to allow pop-up windows?
9. How do I enable pop-ups in Google Chrome?
10. Can GPS or latitude/longitude information be obtained from the Gaston County GIS website?
11. Can I send a link to a parcel?
12. Where is the Book Map and Parcel (BMP)?
13. How do I print a property card? (Appraisal Cards, Tax Appraisal Sheets)
14. How do I print a deed / recorded plat / plat map / survey?
15. Why can I not link (a deed / plat) from the GIS website to the Register of Deeds website?
16. How do I identify the assigned School District for a property?
17. How do I change my Tax Bill Mailing Address?
18. Who do I talk to about a property address?
19. Who do I talk to about my Tax Appraisal Value?
20. Who Do I Talk to About Land Use?
21. Where do I find information on utilities (electric, gas, water and sewer)?
22. Who do I talk to about Zoning?
23. What are the definitions to the Zoning Codes?
24. What is the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)?
25. What are the setbacks in Gaston County?
26. Who do I talk to about waterfront property access?
27. Can I print a map to scale?
28. How can I acquire a map printed to scale?
29. How do I print a map?
30. How do I print a map with tax information?
31. How do I resolve printing issues?
32. Who do I talk to about the house (structure) photograph?
33. Who do I talk to about the parcel map or owner information?
34. Why does this property map show less acreage than I actually own?
35. Why is Flood blank in the Parcel Details window?
36. Who do I talk to about Floodplain?
37. What is a Voluntary Agricultural District?
38. Who do I talk to about the GIS website?

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1. Where can I find open jobs with the Information Technology Department?
2. Where is the Information Technology Department located?
3. How do I submit a public records request?
4. How do I report a broken link on the Gaston County website?
5. Where can I find Gaston County GIS information?

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1. Who is eligible?
2. How Is the Agriculture Cost Share Program Successful
3. How does the program work?

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1. Who is eligible?
2. Why is the program important?
3. How does CCAP work?

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1. What type of equipment will you need to use this drill?
2. What is the cost of renting this drill?

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1. Who is Eligible?
2. Who Administers BMAP?
3. How is BMAP Funded?

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1. What is the Adopt-A-Park Program?
2. Who Can Participate?
3. What is the Adopt-A-Park Time Commitment?
4. Can I complete other Special Projects?
5. What kind of equipment will I need?
6. How will my organization be recognized?
7. How do I get started?

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1. What subjects are included?
2. What is the purpose of the Academy?
3. Who teaches the Academy Sessions?
4. How are participants selected?
5. How do I apply?

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1. What subjects are included?
2. What is the purpose of the Academy?
3. Who teaches the Academy Sessions?
4. How are participants selected?
5. How do I apply?

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1. What is appointment based intake?
2. When are the scheduled times of owner surrender appointments?
3. How do I schedule an appointment to surrender my pet?
4. Are there any forms that need to be completed before I surrender my pet?
5. Is there anything else I must bring with me to the surrender appointment?
6. Why do I have to make an appointment to surrender my pet? Can’t I just drop my pet off any time?
7. What if I find a stray animal?
8. What if I need to have my animal humanely euthanized?

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1. What are your hours of operation?
2. Where are you located?
3. What is your mailing address?
4. How can I expedite a request?
5. How do I change the names on my deed?
6. Where do I get the form to file an Assumed Name?
7. How much will it cost to record my Deed, Power of Attorney, etc.?
8. Do you have forms for Power of Attorneys, Deeds, Separation Agreements?
9. Do you take credit or debit cards?
10. Do I need an appointment to take my Notary Oath?
11. How do I contact the Secretary of State office?
12. I have lost my deed, how do I get a copy?
13. What is the cost for a copy of my deed?
14. Can anyone access the information contained in the Register of Deeds office?
15. Can you check for liens on my property?

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1. What is a business?
2. What is Business Personal Property?
3. How is Business Personal Property assessed?
4. When is the Business Personal Property listing due?
5. May I file for an extension of time to list?
6. Can I file my business listing online?
7. How should I fill out the supplies section of the listing form?
8. I do not have any changes from last year, so do I still have to list?
9. Do I have to list used assets that were purchased?
10. What is CIP?
11. I received a Discovery Notice in the mail. What does this mean?
12. Do I have to list leased equipment?
13. My equipment is fully depreciated for income tax purposes, so do I still need to list it?
14. Do I have to list my personal items that I use in my business?
15. What do I do if my business has closed or been sold?
16. If I do not agree with my tax bill, may I appeal?

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1. Does Gaston County do Tax Deed Sales?
2. Where are sales conducted?
3. How much deposit is required day of the sale?
4. Will Gaston County accept written or telephone bids?
5. Where can I upset the bid on a property?
6. How long is the Upset Bid period?
7. What is the required deposit for an Upset Bid?
8. I won the bid, how long do I have to bring final payment?
9. What kind of deed do I receive with the property?
10. Will I owe anything outside of the final payment if I win the Bid?
11. I am the current owner of a property being sold at auction. How can I stop the foreclosure?
12. What happens to property that isn’t sold?

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1. Do I have to apply in person?
2. How can I show that I am 100% totally and permanently disabled?
3. What happens if I apply and qualify for the Circuit Breaker Deferred Tax Program for one or more years and in the future I no longer qualify or I fail to submit the required annual application?
4. What is considered “income” and how much can I make and still qualify for the Circuit Breaker Tax Deferment Program?

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1. What types of personal property am I required to list?
2. If I own personal property, do I have to list it every year?
3. When should I list my personal property with the tax office?
4. Who is responsible to list and pay taxes on personal property?
5. How is personal property assessed and may I appeal the assessment on my property?
6. If I register my boat with North Carolina Wildlife, must I still list it with the Tax Office?
7. What does situs mean?

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1. If I own personal property how do I report it?
2. When do I list personal property?
3. Where do I list?
4. Do I have to list every year if nothing has changed?
5. How can I submit my listing?
6. When will I receive my tax bill?

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1. Is it possible to change from forestry production to agriculture/horticulture production immediately?
2. What is a forestry management plan and how do I obtain one?
3. What is the purpose of a Compliance Review Form?

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1. What is the assessed value of my property?
2. Is the market value the same as the assessed value?
3. What if I disagree with the assessment of my property?
4. Have the taxes been paid on my property?
5. My mailing address has changed, what do I do?
6. I received a form asking questions about my recent purchase (the letter starts with saying “Congratulations”), what is this form for?
7. My home was demolished in March of this year, why did I receive a tax bill for it?
8. How often is the County Reappraised?
9. I am elderly and / or disabled, are there any programs I can apply for?
10. I have some of my land in the Present Use Value Program, what happens if I sell the property?
11. I have received a letter regarding my compliance in the Present Use Value Program, what is this for?
12. Does a sale trigger a reappraisal?

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1. Can property owned by an individual be eligible for tax exemption?
2. Are properties owned by a church or religious organization automatically exempt from property taxes?

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1. What is reappraisal?
2. How are properties assessed?
3. Why is Gaston County reappraising properties?
4. What is the benefit of reappraisal?
5. What is Market Value?
6. How does reappraisal affect my taxes?
7. Who assesses my property? How are they trained?
8. Does reappraisal cause gentrification?
9. Is Gaston County inflating property values to raise money?
10. Does Gaston County conduct a reappraisal only at the peak of the market?

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1. What is a licensed motor vehicle?
2. How is the value of a vehicle determined?
3. May I appeal the value?
4. Who pays the taxes on a leased vehicle?
5. Is interest charged on late payments?
6. Will I receive a tax refund or owe additional tax if I transfer my license plate to another vehicle during the year?
7. When can I apply for a refund of vehicle property taxes paid?
8. My Tax & Tag Combined notice shows taxes for a city or fire district that I do not live in. What do I do to get this corrected?
9. My Tax & Tag Combined notice shows taxes for a county I do not live in?
10. I received a Tax & Tag Combined notice on a vehicle that I've already sold. What do I do?
11. How can I get a record of the taxes I paid on a registered vehicle?
12. What is a Gap Property Tax Notice and how are taxes calculated?
13. I paid taxes when I tagged the vehicle, so why did I receive a Gap Property Tax Notice?
14. Do I have to pay taxes on a vehicle that is not working?