Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.
Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.
The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:
For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.
The program responsibilities include:
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:
STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:
Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:
In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:
With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.
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Many types of businesses, jobs and professions are allowed to be conducted from a home in a residential zoning classification as long as they comply with the UDO’s “Home Occupation” regulations .
The home occupation regulations recognize two types of home-based businesses: rural and suburban. Rural home occupations are allowed only on RA-zoned parcels with a minimum area of 100,000 square feet (2.29 acres or more). Suburban home occupations are allowed to be conducted from a residential dwelling unit in any zoning districts that allows residential dwellings. The rules for rural home occupations are more permissive than those that apply to suburban home occupations, but both allow for many types of work to be conducted from the home. You can apply for a permit by either going online and completing an application, by downloading a form and submitting it at our office, or by completing a form at our office. The cost of the zoning portion of the permit is $40. Depending upon your type of home occupation there may be other fees. Contact our office for more information.Many types of businesses, jobs and professions are allowed to be conducted from a home in a residential zoning classification as long as they comply with the UDO’s "Home Occupation” regulations.
The zoning administrator is responsible for enforcement of the county’s development ordinance and investigating possible zoning and development violations. Contact the planning office if you need to report a possible violation. See the contact information at the bottom of this page. For violations related to building permits please contact Building Code Enforcement at 704-283-3549.
If your property is located in unincorporated Union County, you can find out the zoning by calling or visiting the county planning office or viewing the “County Zoning Map” on the GIS/Mapping Services page of the county’s GIS/Maps website. If your property is within a city, you will need to obtain zoning information from that city. Links to city webpages about development are listed under the dropdown option titled "How does zoning work?" on the Planning, Building & Development homepage.
Exemptions: Nonresidential uses that are expressly allowed in conjunction with residential uses (e.g., bed and breakfast uses and some form of day care) are not subject to home occupation regulations.
Allowed Uses: The home occupation regulations of this section establish performance standards for home occupations rather than limiting allowed uses to a specific list. Uses that comply with the regulations of this section are allowed as of right unless otherwise expressly stated.
Types of Home Occupations: Two types of home occupations are regulated under this section: (i) suburban home occupations and (ii) rural home occupations.
Home occupations that do not comply with all of the suburban home occupation regulations of §35.040-E but that do comply with all of the regulations of this subsection are permitted in conjunction with any allowed principal residential use on RA-zoned lot of at least 100,000 square feet in area.
It is very important to determine whether your property is located in unincorporated Union County or in one of the many cities in the county, such as Monroe, Indian Trail, or Stallings. Each jurisdiction has different rules for building, developing property and opening a business. To find out whether your property is located in the county or a city you should call or stop by the Union County Planning Office or view the “Municipalities and Townships Map” on the GIS/Mapping Services page of the county’s website.
Every few years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares maps of areas susceptible to flooding. The latest version of Union County’s flood zone maps can be viewed by stopping by the planning office or viewing the 2014 FEMA Zones map on the County’s GIS/Maps webpage. The regulations that apply to land within designated flood-prone areas can be found in Article 65 of the Union County Development Guide.
To determine the uses allowed on property, first find out the zoning of the property (see above). Then refer to Article 25 of the Development Ordinance, where you will find a table showing the county zoning districts and the uses allowed in each.
The zoning administrator is responsible for enforcement of the county’s development ordinance and investigating possible violations. Contact the planning office if you need to report a possible violation.
Zoning Administrator, Planning
500 N. Main St., Ste 70
Monroe, NC 28112