Make reservation for Crestview Park Picnic Shelter
The picnic shelter may be reserved for a nominal fee. Click here for current fee schedule (.pdf). Reservations may be made in person only (sorry - no phone reservations) at the Town Hall during normal business hours. Please note the shelter or any other grounds at the park may not be used for personal gain (i.e. a flea market, sales demonstration, fundraisers; any selling of products, services, or materials.)
Make reservation for Clubhouse
The Clubhouse is available for rent for your special event. Clubhouse scheduling is done by the Town Clerk and you may contact her during normal business hours of 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday at 828-287-3520 to check on availability. For addition information and pictures, see the clubhouse section under the Parks and Recreation section of this website.
Get Building Permit & Zoning Information
Prior to beginning any renovations or construction of signs, buildings, or homes, it is beneficial to review the local zoning codes and ordinances. If you are planning to relocate or open a new business in Town, or are planning on renovating or constructing a house, please contact the Planning / Zoning Code Enforcement Officer at (828) 287-9508 for assistance.
Get a Privilege License
The Town of Rutherfordton requires a privilege license for persons, firms, and corporations who either have a physical presence in the Town or conduct business within the Town limits. “Conducting business” means maintaining a business location within the Town, soliciting business within the Town, or picking up or delivering goods or services within the Town limits. For most businesses, the fee is based on their gross receipts from the sales of goods or services. There are certain types of businesses that have a fixed dollar fee and others that are exempt. For a list of these businesses and the current fee schedule, click here (.pdf). Please note you may be subject to more than one fee, depending on your business and different types of goods and services provided by the business.
This license tax is due July 1st and interest begins on July 2nd at the rate of 5% per month. You must apply for this license prior to conducting or maintaining a business. If your business is located within the Town limits, you are also required to complete the Fire Inspection and Zoning Application before the license is issued.
You may come by the Town Hall to pick up an application or click here (.pdf) to access the application. If you have any questions, call the Town Clerk at (828) 287-3520.
Get a copy of a Police report
A party involved in an incident that results in a written report may request a copy of the report by coming by Town Hall during normal business hours (8-5, Monday – Friday) and a copy will be provided without charge. There is a fee that must be paid in advance if an involved party to the incident would like a copy mailed. Click here for current fees. If a person not named as a party to the incident, or a company requests a copy of a report, there is a fee for in-person pickup or mailing. The fee will be waived for a company if they are named on the report as a victim, owner, etc. The Police Department does not fax copies of reports.
Find out information on Taxes?
Tax Rates and Collections: To minimize administrative expenses and foster efficiency, Town property taxes are collected by the Rutherford County Tax Department. The Tax Department can be reached at (828) 287-6180 or you can find more information at www.rutherfordcountync.gov.
In addition to the general property tax, the Town levies a "Municipal Service District Tax", (MSD) or commonly referred to as "the Main Street Tax", on parcels located in the central business district. This tax contributes to the revitalization program to enhance the quality of downtown Rutherfordton by improving the physical, environmental, and business conditions in the downtown area. The municipal service tax rate for fiscal year 2013-2014 is 13 cents per $100 of value.
13/14 Town Tax Rate: 56.7cents per $100 of value.
13/14 County Tax Rate: 60.7 cents per $100 of value.
Do I own any taxes?
To find out about any outstanding property or vehicle tax bills, please contact the Rutherford County Tax Office at (828) 287-6180.
To find out about any outstanding Municipal Service District Taxes, please contact the Town Clerk at (828) 287-3520.