Annexation

Voluntary Annexation

North Carolina law allows a property owner to submit a petition to a municipality, requesting annexation. Two kinds of areas can be annexed: a contiguous area (adjacent to current Village boundaries) and a satellite or non-contiguous area (not adjacent to the Village boundaries). Petition annexations tend to be small in size.

Property owners wishing to initiate annexation may submit an annexation petition with a copy of their general warranty deed (to prove ownership of the property to be annexed). To see if your property is eligible for annexation, please check the linked map below or contact Planning and Zoning at (704) 843-1680 or by using the Contact the Village form.

 

Municipality-Initiated Annexation

North Carolina law allows a municipality to initiate the annexation of an area, if the area is one-eighth contiguous to the municipality, if the area is “developed for urban purposes,” and if the municipality prepares an Annexation Report showing how the municipality will provide services to the area. Municipal-initiated annexations tend to be larger in size than petition annexations.

The Municipal-initiated method was first made available to most cities in North Carolina in 1959. In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted some new requirements regarding municipal-initiated annexations; these new requirements have discouraged municipalities from using this method of annexation.

 

Annexation of Village-Owned Property

North Carolina law allows a municipality to annex property that it owns. Two kinds of municipal-owned property can be annexed: a contiguous area and a satellite (non-contiguous) area. The Village of Marvin used this method in 2011 to annex the land that would eventually become Marvin-Efird Park.

 

Annexation by the North Carolina General Assembly

The North Carolina General Assembly occasionally annexes areas into municipalities.