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Mayor John W. Byrne, Mayor Pro Tem Blake Massengill, Commissioner William Harris, Commissioner Jason Wunsch and Commissioner Marilyn Gardner.
Board meetings are regularly scheduled for the first Monday and the third Tuesday after the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at Town Hall located at 134 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC.
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An easement is an interest in property for a particular purpose. Public utility easements that are dedicated to the Town of Fuquay-Varina cover water or sanitary sewer lines and can range from 20-40 feet wide. Private stormwater or drainage easements are located in areas where there is a storm drain system, a stormwater swale and/or access to a stormwater management structure such as a wet pond. Generally, you cannot make any improvements in a drainage easement. That means no fences, sheds, walls, trails or buildings. You should avoid planting trees or much landscaping as well. A property owner can maintain easement areas just as he or she would the rest of the yard. The Town does not maintain easement areas in lawn areas.
The Town maintains the storm drainage system within the Town maintained street right-of-way only. NCDOT maintains storm drainage systems on NCDOT maintained right-of-way. Storm drainage pipes and drainage paths off the right-of-way are the responsibility of the individual property owners unless a HOA is identified for maintenance on the recorded plat.
The office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday. We are located at Town Hall; the address is 134 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC.
Complete the application which can be downloaded on our Forms & Applications Page or picked up from Town Hall. If you are purchasing the residence, we will need a copy of the closing statement in order to waive the $75 deposit. If you are renting, you will be required to pay the $75 deposit.
The Town provides four payment options.
1. Pay in person at the collection window inside Town Hall. A utility bill drop box is located next to the E. Jones Street parking entrance for times the office is not open.
2. Bank Draft Service automatically deducts the amount of your utility bill on the day before it is due each month from a checking or savings account. You can set up the draft by completing the bank-draft-authorization-form and returning it to Town Hall with a voided check.
3. Mail a check or money order to Town of Fuquay-Varina, 134 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.
4. Pay online with a credit or debit card at www.Fuquay-Varina.org/eutilities. To pay by credit card at Town Hall, use the kiosk inside Town Hall located at the collection window. A small processing fee applies. The ability to use your credit card to pay for other Town services is coming soon.
The two prong outlet does not have a ground wire in it therefore if you use an adapter and plug in a three wire cord, then whatever you are using is not grounded. You become the ground if something goes wrong with that appliance meaning that the electrical current will pass through your body rather that the ground wire present on three wire cords and outlets. The National Electrical Code prohibits this activity.
Yes, provided they are located on a noncombustible surface, located a minimum distance of 20 feet from the residence or any raised structure, and do not burn synthetic material, refuse, yard waste, or salvageable material for fuel.
Outdoor masonry fireplaces constructed in the same manner as indoor residential fireplaces are allowed in the Town. All distance and fuel requirements listed above are applicable as well.
Yes, provided the campfire is located at least 25 feet from any structure and 25 feet from any property line. The campfire shall be no larger than four square feet and shall be surrounded by bricks at least two tiers high. Synthetic material, refuse, yard waste, or salvageable material may not be used for fuel.
No. Smoke from an allowable outdoor fire is not considered a nuisance under State Open Burning Rules.
You may be required to extinguish the fire by fire officials if the identified parameters are not met, it creates hazardous conditions, occurs during a burning ban, or does not comply with identified regulations.
No. Disposing of yard debris through burning within the Town of Fuquay-Varina is not allowed because curbside pick-up is provided. Find information about yard debris and leaf collection.
No. Open burning of trees, logs, brush, stumps, leaves, grass clippings, etc. is strictly prohibited within the Town Limits.
No. Bonfires are large fires utilized for ceremonial purposes and are usually in conjunction with a planned event such as a pep rally, holiday event, or church festival. Due to the potential size of these types of fires, bonfires are strictly prohibited within the Town Limits.
No. Sky lanterns are small unmanned hot air balloons that rely on an open flame to heat the air inside of the balloon causing it to lift into the atmosphere. Due to the extreme safety concerns with these objects, sky lanterns are strictly prohibited within the Town Limits.
To ensure the most effective service at the time of an emergency, our crews must remain in their designated response territory with the fire trucks during their entire shift. Our crews work 24-hour shifts with no scheduled breaks and meals are not provided by the Town. Oftentimes, the crew will pool their money together, shop at the grocery store, then prepare their own meals. Many times, the crew will decide to dine out at a local restaurant or purchase food from a local restaurant and bring it back to the station. Sometimes they receive a call while shopping for food or dining out, which means they leave directly from the grocery store or restaurant and return later to finish their shopping or their meal. Also, you may see Fire Department vehicles at local businesses on official business such as inspections, performing training or education, answering questions or complaints, or even shopping for needed fire department supplies and equipment.
Firefighting is a physically challenging profession that requires a high level of physical and mental readiness. The nature of the occupation demands a great deal of physical strength and stamina. To insure the safety of our operational personnel and the well-being of Fuquay-Varina residents and visitors we serve, our crews are required to perform physical fitness activity while on duty.
Breaking out any windows during a fire is something you should NOT do! It can make the fire much worse and decrease the chances of survival for trapped occupants if not done correctly.
When firefighters break out windows during a fire, they are using a scientific approach, learned during extensive training, to extinguishing the fire. Windows are broken in coordination with firefighters on the inside extinguishing the fire to create an escape route for the superheated steam and gases to escape. Without the windows being removed, the steam could burn the firefighters and hinder rescue efforts of any trapped victims.
It's for the safety of our personnel and our patients. Blocking extra lanes keep our personnel safe when they go back to the apparatus to get more equipment, and it helps protect the victim we're trying to stabilize.
All fire department personnel are certified Emergency Medical Technicians. Many times, the fire department is the first unit to arrive and able to provide critical care until an ambulance is on scene.
The fire hose is the lifeline of a firefighter when fighting a fire. If you drive over it, the hose can be damaged, and any firefighter at the end of a nozzle will have the water interrupted -- possibly causing injury or death. Also, it is against the law in North Carolina (NC G.S. 20-157(a)) to run over a fire hose. Penalties can range from a simple fine to being charged with murder depending on the incident.
All on-duty firefighters are certified Emergency Medical Technicians and are more than happy to help you with a blood pressure check or any other EMS issue that you might have.
The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department has mutual aid agreements with all the departments in Wake County and a few departments in Harnett County. These agreements provide for the closest fire engines, trucks and ambulances to respond in the event of an emergency and when additional resources are needed. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that for every structure fire that there be a minimum of 18 firefighters on scene within 8 minutes.
No, the fire department does not service fire extinguishers. There are private fire protection companies that offer those services. They can be found in the phone book or through an internet search.
We recommend a minimum of one 5-pound ABC extinguisher easily accessible to the kitchen area and in a garage or workshop area. If you have any questions about type or placement of fire extinguisher in your home or business, please contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at 919-552-0422.
Portable fire extinguishers can be purchased at a wide variety of retail stores. Home improvement centers and hardware stores generally carry an adequate selection to choose from.
No, the fire department is not permitted to fill swimming pools.
Our Fire Department has a comprehensive approach to fire safety through education provided to business groups, nursing homes, medical facilities, residents, schools, day care centers, and community groups that need prevention education. Contact Fire Station #1 to schedule a fire safety event at 919-552-0422.
On July 1, 2000, the North Carolina Department of Insurance became the agency responsible for the fire insurance rating of municipalities/fire districts with under 100,000 population. Ratings are based on the fire department infrastructure, delivery of service methods, response times, adequate staffing, water supplies, etc. A classification of 1 to 10 is assigned based upon the results of the inspection. A rating of 1 indicates the highest level of fire protection. Lower ratings mean lower premiums on fire-insurance rates for both commercial and residential properties. Insurance Companies use this number to provide a cost of Insurance on real property.
· Inside the City Limits of the Town of Fuquay-Varina:
o Class 2
· Outside the City Limits of the Town of Fuquay-Varina and 5 miles or less to a Fuquay-Varina Fire Station.
o Class 4
· Outside the City Limits of the Town of Fuquay-Varina and over 5 miles to a Fuquay-Varina Fire Station.
o Class 9E
Many times, several units are dispatched to the same incident. When the first unit arrives on scene, they may assess the situation and inform the dispatcher that no other units are needed to handle the emergency. All other responding units are then cancelled and put back into service, ready to take another call.
At least one smoke detector on every floor and one in every bedroom. Smoke detectors should not be installed in the kitchen.
No. We strongly suggest placing an open can of tuna at the base of the tree (this usually works), leave the immediate area and wait for the cat to get down on its own. We generally do not rescue stray animals due to their unknown medical condition (i.e., rabies, distemper, etc.). The Fire Department does carry emergency life-saving equipment for house pets involved in smoke/fire situations.
Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 9-1-1 operator. The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department believes in being prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. Discovering that we need more units once we arrive is often too late. We have learned from experience that it is better to have too much help on the way than not enough. For example, a structure fire requires a minimum of 18 personnel and various specialized equipment to perform all of the needed tasks. Firefighting teams are assigned certain responsibilities such as fire extinguishment, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, safety, accountability and rapid intervention teams when firefighters become trapped or injured.
Human Resources keeps all applications on file for 24 months. If you still have an application on file and the information is current, then you can resubmit it for another available position. Just call the Human Resources department at 919-753-1030 or e-mail email@example.com and request that your application be resubmitted.
Depending on the position, the hiring process can take anywhere from 2 weeks to several months. Every candidate that has applied for an available position with the Town will be notified by phone, postcard or letter regarding the status of their application. Applicants may call the Human Resources office at 919-753-1030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the status of any position.
Permits for fences are not required however, there are certain rules for fences that must be followed. Please contact the Town of Fuquay-Varina Planning Dept. at 919-552-1429 to inquire about rules on fences.
The Town approved the conversion of a portion of its existing drive-by (AMR) system to a fixed and real-time reading network, referred to as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), in July of 2018 following years of consideration, analysis, and planning. In the initial phase, a portion of the Town’s meters will be optimized and the billing software will be integrated, so the entire process, from the meter to the bill, will be tested and verified prior to Town-wide installation. The Town will utilize existing Itron transmitters and manage the data through Choice Connect AMI Network System, thereby expanding the benefits of its existing metering equipment. The initial phase is expected to be completed by March of 2019.
The enhancement of existing equipment will provide 720 reads during each billing cycle rather than 1 read every 30 days as is currently designed. This detailed usage will enable the Town to automate its meter reading process, provide improved customer service through data access, reduce leaks to promote resource conservation, and improve Utility operational efficiencies by capturing real-time meter reading data.
The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system is made up of several “smart” components that communicate using wireless and radio frequency technology. Inside the meter box, a small radio is connected to the water meter that records and transmits a reading on hourly intervals to a collector. These data transmissions last only several milliseconds and are smaller data size than text. A collector will be mounted on top of the Town’s water tanks. The collectors store all the reads and sends batch uploads twice daily to the software accessible at Town Hall.
The meters use wireless radio frequencies, similar to wireless Internet and cable TV, to send and receive information to and from the Town’s Utility and Billing staff. The meters and communication system are regulated to meet all federal communications, safety standards and codes. There is no personal identifying information captured or transmitted by the meter.
The meter will measure customer usage the same as before the conversion from AMR to AMI. Improvements will be realized in how the meter reading data is captured as well as alerts and notifications such as stopped meter, customer leak detection, and utility distribution system leak detection
The project is being managed for the Town by MeterSYS, a Raleigh-based advanced metering consulting firm, specializing in advanced metering technologies. MeterSYS will be responsible for overall management of the project, field meter box improvements, software installation, and training along with the manufacturer Itron and their AMI certified technician, United Systems and Software. Field personnel working on the project will carry proper identification and have successfully completed a background check. Field personnel will not need to enter residential property, nor will they be asking for any form of payment from customers.
The work being done will not disrupt customer’s water service and will take less than 15 minutes to complete enhancements at each service location.
Please call MeterSYS at 844.881.8685 or email the project management team at email@example.com.
Yes, the department has several spaces available for rent including picnic shelters, meeting rooms, baseball fields, and others. For more information, visit
No, all programs are open to anyone in the area. Different fees apply for residents and non-residents. See Parks & Recreation Fees.
Yes. Parks and Recreation has a very strong youth athletics program. Visit the Youth Sports page to learn about the Town's youth sports' offerings. registration and schedules.
Contact our Recreation Program Coordinator for information on instructor requirements at 919-552-1430.
Registration can be done in person at the Community Center or online.
Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. We are closed on Sundays and all town observed holidays.
We are located in the Community Center at 820 S Main Street (US 401) in Fuquay-Varina. This is approximately 1 mile south of downtown Fuquay-Varina at the intersection with Judd Parkway.
All parks are open from dawn to dusk except for approved programming under light. The Splash Pad is open from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Rezoning is necessary if you wish to develop or use property for a use that is not permitted by the current zoning classification. Rezoning property is not always the only avenue possible and should be evaluated thoroughly before an application is made, as the process can be expensive and time consuming.
If a zoning change is approved the new zoning classification replaces the old. The uses that are permitted in the new classification are now allowed on the properties.
If the Town Board votes to deny the zoning petition the zoning classification is not changed and the current zoning classification is still binding.
A permit is NOT required for the installation of a fence in Fuquay-Varina’s corporate limits and ETJ. However, some basic standards include:
Please consult the Town's Land Development Ordinance for the full list of the Town's fence standards. Additionally, please check with your homeowners’ association or your deed to see if there are additional, private standards (Restrictive Covenants) in your neighborhood. It’s important to know that even where restrictive covenants create standards, compliance with the Town’s standards is still mandatory.
A permit is required for all accessory structures. The term accessory structure includes a shed, utility building, detached garage etc. Even if you purchase a prefabricated shed from a local retailer, a permit is still required. The permit allows the Town’s staff to verify that the accessory structure meets the required setback (typically 8 feet from the property line and outside of any easements) and does not exceed any of the Town’s other regulations. The Town’s Inspections Department facilitates this permitting process.
Please check with your homeowners’ association or your deed to see if there are additional, private standards in your neighborhood. It’s important to know that even where restrictive covenants create standards, compliance with the Town’s standards is still mandatory.
The trend of keeping backyard chickens has been on the rise over the past number of years. Whether the interest is for sustainability, comfort, food independence or other reasons, the Town supports this initiative. The adopted Land Development Ordinance which became effective on Dec. 30, 2016, allows for a maximum of five (5) chickens restricted in a pen on residential lots within the Town limits as long as restrictive covenants do not apply. Please check with your homeowner’s association to confirm chickens are allowed. A permit is required for the pen. Roosters are NOT permitted. For more information, contact the Planning Department at 919-552-1429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check with your homeowners’ association or your deed to see if there are additional, private standards in your neighborhood. It’s important to know that even where restrictive covenants create standards, compliance with the Town’s standards is still mandatory.
An easement is an agreement on property for use of the area within the easement. The easement is part of a piece of property and is not separate like a right-of-way. For example, a drainage easement on a residential lot is an agreement for perpetual use of the area included in the easement for drainage of water. In addition to drainage easements, some other common easements are for water, sewer, and greenways. Because the area is intended for an explicit, continued use it cannot be used for other purposes unless specifically approved by the Town.
Your deed, the plot plan for your lot, or a survey are all great resources to determine if there’s any easement on your property.
Yes. A zoning compliance letter from the Planning Department is required. The purpose of the letter is to allow the Town to verify that new businesses are permitted and have approval for the location in question. Sometimes lending institutions and other government agencies may also require a property owner to obtain a zoning compliance letter. There is a $50 fee associated with the letter. Processing time is typically 2-3 business days from the date of request. Requests should be made via email to email@example.com and should include the address and type of business proposed, business name and information, and another other information the applicant may wish to be provided in the letter. Payment is required prior to pick-up of the letter and can be paid at Town Hall located at 401 Old Honeycutt Road.
As technological advances are made, more and more people are working from home. Some people also run small businesses from their homes. These are called home occupations, or home-based businesses, and are allowed with approval by the Town’s Planning Department via a letter of zoning compliance. While the Town fully supports these creative uses, the Town is also charged with ensuring that a home occupation does not conflict with the intent of the property or create negative impacts to the neighborhood. For this reason, there are standards that must be met in order for a home occupation to be approved. The Home Occupation User Guide offers a comprehensive list of these standards. For more information, contact the Planning Department at 919-552-1429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From time to time citizens request a copy of the survey map of their property, or even request that a survey of their property be performed. Neither of these requests can be fulfilled by the Town. In North Carolina, survey maps are recorded at the county level. Here, that is with the Wake County Register of Deeds. You can easily search that website (http://services.wakegov.com/booksweb/genextsearch.aspx) if you have some information to start from. Most often property (or lots) in subdivisions is typically shown on a recorded map of the overall subdivision. In order to have a survey performed on a piece or property, you will need to contact a registered land surveyor.
You can obtain a copy of a police report in person at 114 North Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526. Or you can mail in your request to the address listed above. You must also include a $3 payment for all copies of police reports either in person or by mail. You may obtain a copy of a traffic collision report online as well as we have a partnership with CRASHDOCS by Carfax. Here is the link to the site to request a copy of the traffic collision report online for $3: https://secure.crashdocs.org/Landing?AgencyID=NC0920400
The Town provides bi-weekly curbside recycling collection. Please place items directly into your blue recycle cart. DO NOT place recycle material in a plastic bag of any kind and make sure the cart is placed curbside the night before your assigned day to ensure pickup. The Town of Fuquay-Varina will not empty blue recycling bins if materials are placed in a plastic bag of any kind or contain non-recyclable material.
Recyclable material must be placed directly in the recycle cart. We can’t take material that is placed in a bag and then in the bin. Here’s why: Our recycle handler will not take material that is placed in a bag because there’s no way to ensure that all materials can be recycled.
The following items cannot be placed in the garbage cart:
Treated wood, recyclables, yard waste, liquids, dirt, masonry, rock, metal, wood, building materials, ashes, loose diapers, animal waste, contractor waste, fluorescent light tubes, electronic waste or hazardous waste. Please consult with Wake County Solid Waste management to determine the correct disposal of these items.
Yard Debris collection is a year round service whereas loose leaf collection is available from mid-Oct. thru mid-Feb when leaves are falling due to autumn weather changes.
Yard Debris service must be requested by completing the online form. The Town requires that yard debris be placed in a bag or rigid medium-sized plastic container not to exceed 40 pounds.
Loose leaf service does not need to be requested. During loose leaf collection, simply rake leaves to the curb. Other rules apply to both yard debris and leaf collection.
Complete the online request form by 5 pm for pick-up on Monday. There is no fee for this residential customer service. The town does not collect construction materials, treated wood or pallets or hazardous waste materials.
Yes. Complete the Appliance Pick-up Request Form and pay a $10 / appliance fee at the Finance Office. Once the fee is paid and pick-up scheduled, the appliance will be picked up on Monday. To ensure pick-up, both the request and fee must be made by Friday at 5 pm.
Citizens can dispose of televisions, computers, monitors, scanners, printers and other electronic waste for free at the Electronic Recycling Convenience Center located at 900 S. Main Street behind the Community Center.
Curbside pick-up of electronic waste is available for a $10 fee. Pick-up is on Monday and the fee must be paid by 5 pm on Friday. Make the pick-up request and pay the fee at the Finance Office located at 401 Old Honeycutt Road. (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm)
If interested you are interested in being on our mailing list or being a Zone Captain call 919-753-1004.
Important Note: Litter is 100% preventable! Recycle, dispose of trash responsibly, and cover truck loads!
Absolutely, we frequently have volunteers from local high school groups. We do ask that if you are under the age of 18 (and are not accompanied by your parent or guardian), that you have your parent or guardian sign a liability waiver prior to the event. School groups should also have an associated adult present for the event. Completed waivers may be emailed to email@example.com or hand delivered at the TOFV Town Hall. Participation Certificates are also available with preregistration.