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Downtown Clayton

Guide for New Businesses

One-stop shopping for someone starting a business in downtown. We’ll walk you through the permits and processes that you need get easily to that grand opening date – the new business guide has it all right here!

Façade Improvement Grants

Own a business Downtown?  Feel like your front door is looking shabby or new windows could give you a more demanding presence?  You may be eligible to apply for a Façade Improvement Grant.  Get the details and application here.

Clayton Downtown Redevelopment Incentive Grant (CDRIG)

This incentive program is meant to encourage  rehabilitation of older buildings within Clayton’s downtown commercial district and infill growth with new commercial development. Within certain boundaries the Town, property and individuals can be eligible for a grant in the amount of the difference between the pre-construction tax value and the post-construction tax value – which in some cases could be thousands!  Check out all the details here.

2010 Downtown Clayton Master Plan

The Town of Clayton initiated this project to help direct the design of buildings and sites with the Downtown area.  It is intended to promote a quality oriented area that serves as the social cultural hub of the Town of Clayton.  Learn more about the information about the downtown design guidelines presented in the plan here.

Historic PreservationHistoric Preservation

Owning a property in a historic district can provide some challenges as well as great opportunities.  One of the tangible benefits for a property owner with a contributing building within a National Register Historic District is the availability of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, a federal incentive program that is matched by the State of North Carolina. Historic preservation encourages reinvestment in existing neighborhoods, enhancing property values and local tax base. Historic buildings are an important element in a community’s quality of life, because those buildings provide.  Find out more why Clayton’s downtown was nominated for recognition as a Historic District.  You can also view a map of the Historic District’s boundaries here.


Have questions about Building Codes or Permits you may need?  Contact the Planning Department at 919-553-5002 for more information or visit the Planning Department online.

Latest News
  • "A Universe of Stories!" Summer Reading Program June 8-July 26, 2019 This summer, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is joining libraries across the country to celebrate "A Universe of Stories!"-...

  • DEVELOPERS BREAKFAST! Friday, June 14  8:30 a.m.  The Town of Clayton is hosting the third in a series of informational breakfasts for area developers! Come learn about new changes, and updates...

  • TAX RATE REMAINS UNCHANGED: The Clayton Town manager will present his recommended FY 2019-2020 balanced budget at Monday’s Town Council meeting/public hearing at 6 p.m. May 20 th . This will be the ...

  • Five FREE Concerts! Grab a blanket or chair & enjoy a night on Town Square! The Clayton Downtown Development Association is celebrating the 12 th Anniversary of its FREE Town Square Concert Se...

  • Expect lots of construction traffic, delays and possible closures at Fayetteville and Second streets for the next two weeks as crews are working to wrap up the paving of new parking spaces around Tow...

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