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A North Carolina Certified Site reduces the risks associated with development and provides a way for your community to offer company site selectors additional confidence about a development location.

FOR BUSINESS | Current North Carolina Certified Sites

Certified Sites reduce the risks associated with development by providing detailed information about a site, including:

  • Price and availability
  • Buildable acres
  • Environmental concerns
  • Access points for the site
  • Utilities at the site
  • Potential development costs

Sites are periodically re-certified, to ensure accurate and reliable data is available to companies and site selectors.

Since 2001, North Carolina has offered an official Certified Sites program to provide a statewide inventory of industrial sites that have undergone a rigorous prequalification process to ensure they are ready for development.

To obtain the Certified Sites designation, communities must undergo a stringent review process that demonstrates they have addressed multiple prerequisites in the following areas:

Tab/Accordion Items

  • Documented local government support
  • 2-year price and sales availability assurance

  • Buildable acres
  • Comprehensive environmental review
  • Endangered species findings
  • Geotechnical findings
  • Archeological findings

  • Documented N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) access
  • Utility service provider confirmation on the site
  • Confirmed excess capacity of water (500,000 GPD)
  • Confirmed wastewater (300,000 GPD)

  • Development plan and cost estimates
  • Topography
  • Zoning
  • Federal Emergency Managment Administration (FEMA)
  • Watershed
  • Any unique qualifications (CAMA).

Communities interested in seeking a N.C. Certified Site designation for an industrial property should first carefully review the Program Guidelines, which includes all of the certification criteria and steps required for certification.

In order to begin the certification process, a community must provide a completed Intent to Certify form to the Certified Sites Director.

Certified Sites Steering Committee

A steering committee meets regularly to review submissions from communities wishing to certify a site in their area.  For each meeting, there is an earlier deadline to submit documentation for the candidate site.

Meeting Date Submission Deadline
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Wednesday, August 28, 2024 Wednesday, August 14, 2024
Wednesday, October 30, 2024 Wednesday, October 16, 2024
Wednesday, December 4, 2024 Wednesday, November 20, 2024

To see other available sites and locations in North Carolina, please visit the Sites & Locations page at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina's website.

For more information about the Certified Sites Program, contact:  
Will Best 
North Carolina Certified Sites Director 
(984) 365-0298

This page was last modified on 02/26/2024