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Wilkes County FAQs

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Animal Control

  • Am I required to report a dog bite to Animal Control?

    Yes, all bites are required by law to be reported to Animal Control or the Department of Health. Dogs or cats not current on their Rabies vaccinations are also required by law to be quarantined for a period of 10 days at the Animal Shelter. If your animal is current on their Rabies vaccination the animal may be quarantied at your home in an approved confined setting.

  • How long do you keep the animals?

    We hold stray dogs and cats for 72 hours (3 days) to see if anyone will claim them. There is no set time for the animals that are up for adoption. That time greatly depends on how much kennel space we have from day to day which is frequently limited.

Building Inspections

  • How can I obtain a building permit for a modular home?
    1. Obtain a watershed/zoning permit and a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance Application from the Planning Department.
    2. Obtain a septic permit from the Health Department.
    3. Need sealed blueprints containing: 
      1. Third party seal and model number
      2. Foundation plan
      3. Bolt together plan
      4. Floor plan.
    4. Contractor Verification form to be signed giving name and license number for all contractors.
    5. A permit can be issued to: the owner, a licensed general contractor, or a set-up contractor with a $5,000 surety bond.
    6. Bring all of this information between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to obtain a building permit.
  • How can I obtain a commercial permit?
    1. Obtain a watershed/zoning permit and a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance Application from the Planning Department.
    2. Obtain a septic permit from the Health Department, if required.
    3. Submit plans for plan review.
    4. After the plans have been reviewed, bring the first two items with you between the hours of 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. to obtain a commercial building permit.
  • How can I obtain a permit for a manufactured home?
    1. Obtain a watershed/zoning permit and a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance Application from the Planning Department. This office will be where you will need to prove the age of the manufactured home. Homes older than June 15, 1976 cannot be brought into Wilkes County. If the home has been in the county since November 1, 1999 and you have proof that it has been in the county, it should be okay. Check with the Planning Department for any questions or concerns about the year model of your manufactured home.
    2. Obtain a septic permit from the Health Department.
    3. Bring these items with you to the Inspections Department to obtain a manufactured home permit between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • How can I obtain a residential building permit?
    1. Will need a watershed/zoning permit and Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance Application from the Planning Department.
    2. Obtain a septic permit from the Health Department.
    3. Bring plans and specifications of what you are building.
    4. Bring these items with you to the Inspections Department between the hours of 8:30 and 9:30 am to obtain a residential building permit.

Elections

  • Where can I vote if I can not vote at my precinct on Election Day?

    One-Stop voting begins on the second Thursday prior to the date of an election and ends on the Saturday before the Election.  In even numbered years, the One-Stop voting  location for Wilkes County is in the County Commissioner's Meeting Room on the first floor of the Wilkes County Office Building for the Primary and General Election.  The Saturday before Election Day is the only Saturday that One-Stop Voting is available. Contact the Wilkes County Board of Elections office at 651-7339 for available voting hours.

  • How can I request an Absentee Ballot by mail?

    To apply for an absentee ballot by mail, send a NC State Absentee Ballot Request Form to the Wilkes County Board of Elections (110 North St. Wilkesboro, NC 28697). This form is available on this website under the "Elections" tab. Then chose "Downloads" and State Absentee Request Form. The form can be mailed or brought in person to our office.

    Upon receipt of your request, the county board of elections will send you an absentee ballot and instructions for completing the ballot. You may submit your request no later than the Tuesday prior to Election Day. The request may be made by the voter, a near relative or verifiable legal guardian.

  • Can I vote by Absentee ballot?

    If you can not vote in person, absentee voting is a way to vote. There are two ways of voting before the election:

    1. One-stop and mail out absentee. 
    2. Call the Wilkes County Board of Elections at (336)651-7339 for more information.
  • I think I am registered to vote, but I am not sure, how do I find out?

    You can check on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website at www.sboe.state.nc.us . We have a link to this on the county website also, or you can call the Wilkes County Board of Elections office at (336)651-7339.

  • What if I have disabilities that make my precinct not accessible to me?

    Counties are trying hard to improve accessibility. You may vote from your vehicle at your precinct. This is called curbside voting, if you park in the Curbside space someone will assist you. You can also vote at the Wilkes County Board of Elections Office Building during One-Stop voting. The County Office Building is located at 110 North Street, Wilkesboro, NC. During even numbered election years, One-Stop will be held on the first floor of the building in the County Commissioner's Meeting Room.

     

  • Where do I vote?

    Your voter card lists the precinct where you vote. Each voter is sent a card when they register to vote or when the voter makes a change to their voter information. If you do not know where the precinct is call the Wilkes County Board of Elections at (336)651-7339  or look it up online.

  • If I registered by mail and have not voted before, do I have to do anything different?

    If you did not include your North Carolina Drivers Number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number when you registered to vote, you will be required to show ID the first time you go to the polls to vote. (If you completed this with your registration form, then it is not required).

    In 2016, all voters will be required to show ID when voting. In 2014, you will be  given a list of acceptable photo IDs and asked if you have one or more of these forms of ID. If not, the voter will be asked to sign An Acknowledgement of No Photo ID. These voters will be given instructions on how they can obtain a no-fee photo ID from the North Carolina DMV.

     

  • I do not own property, so why does it matter whether or not I vote?

    Everyone who pays taxes should vote. Even if you do not own property, you pay taxes on vehicles and any items that you purchase. Every person over the age of 18 should be involved in electing individuals who control the spending of your tax dollars.

  • Will registering to vote increase my chances of being called for Jury Duty?

    No. Anyone who has a driver's license issued in North Carolina is eligible to be called for Jury Duty.

  • If I registered before the election last year do I need to register again?

    No. Wilkes has free, permanent and continuous registration. You need to register only if:

    1. You have not registered in Wilkes County before.
    2. You have moved.
    3. You wish to change your party affiliation.
    4. Your name has changed.
    5. You have not kept your address current, and have not voted in two federal elections.
  • How can I register to vote?

    You can register at the Board of Elections office located at 110 North St. Wilkesboro. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. You can also register at the DMV if you are renewing your driver's license. The Employment Security Commission, Wilkes Public Library, and certain other public agencies also have the forms available. The State Board of Elections has the form available on its website at www.sboe.state.nc.us. Registration forms are also available on this website under the "Elections" tab. Then chose download tab. The form must be printed, filled out then mailed or returned in person to our office. A registration form must be postmarked or delivered to the Board of Elections office no later that 25 days before an election in order to be valid for that election.

  • What are the requirements to be able to register to vote?
    1. You must be a citizen of the United States(if convicted of a felony, citizenship rights must have been restored)
    2. A person 18 years of age or older
    3. A legal resident of Wilkes County for 30 days by the date of the next election.
  • Can I vote in a precinct where I don't live?

    As of January 1, 2014, voters must vote in the precinct where you reside as of 30 days prior to the date of the election. County boards will not be able to count any provisional ballot for a voter that does not vote at his or her correctly assigned precinct on Election Day.

  • Is a photo ID required to vote?

    Voters will not be required to show a photo in order to vote in 2014. Voters will be given instructions which state that in 2016 a photo ID will be required when voting in person. The applies to One-Stop voting or voting on Election Day. Voters will be given a list of acceptable photo IDs and asked if they have one or more of these forms of ID. If not, the voter will be asked to sign "An Acknowledgement of No Photo Id". These voters will be given instructions on how they can obtain a no-fee phot ID from the North Carolina DMV.

Finance

  • Who do I contact concerning invoices submitted for payment?

    If you have a question about the status of a payment, please contact the county department you provided the product or service for. Each department is responsible for sending the invoices to us for payment in a timely manner.

  • How often do you write accounts payable checks? When can I expect to receive payment for an invoice?

    We write accounts payable checks once per week. All invoices received in our office from the various departments by 5 pm on Friday are usually written and mailed the latter part of the following week.

  • How do I obtain a copy of the Wilkes County audited financial report?

    A copy is available under Downloads for you to print or review. Contact our office if you need a bound copy and we will send one upon request.

  • Can I get a copy of the current adopted budget?

    Yes, a copy of the current budget ordinance and summary is located under County Budget. You can print a copy of it, or you can contact our office and we will mail you a copy.

  • How often do you write payroll checks?

    No payroll checks are written, but all payroll funds are directly deposited into each employee's account the last working day of each month.

Parks & Recreation

  • Where is your office located?

    Follow Hwy. 268 West, pass Hampton Inn, go to Stokes St.(Tyson building), follow signs up Industrial Dr. to office---1803 Industrial Dr., Wilkesboro, NC 28697

  • When and where can I find out about rain out games?

    Announcements are usually made around 4:00 PM and can be found at wilkescounty.net, WKBC & WWWC radio, or by calling 651-7355.

Register of Deeds

  • Can records from the Register of Deeds office be accessed on-line?

    No, we do not have any of our records on the internet in order to protect the public and not let vital information out that appears on some documents.

  • How can I get my deed of trust cancelled of record?

    Typically there are three ways to cancel a deed of trust of record. Cancellation by Exhibition - The presentation to the Register of Deeds of both the original deed of trust and the original promissory note. Both must be endorsed by any officer of the lender (beneficiary) with the name of the lender and the date of satisfaction. The signature portion of the endorsement of payment and satisfaction must be followed by the printed, typed or stamped name of the endorser and their capacity (title). Certificate of Satisfaction - This is used when either the original deed of trust or both deed of trust and promissory note are missing. This is executed by the lender (beneficiary) and takes the place of the original deed of trust. If the original note is available, the note must be marked paid and satisfied as discussed in cancellation by exhibition. The date of satisfaction recited in the certificate of satisfaction must be the same as the date of satisfaction on the promissory note. The certificate of satisfaction must be properly signed and notarized. If the original promissory note is lost, an affidavit of lost note must accompany the certificate of satisfaction. Notice of Satisfaction - This is executed by the trustee or the substitute trustee. The notice of satisfaction must be properly notarized. THERE IS NO FEE FOR PROCESSING A CANCELLATION.

  • What are the specific criteria of the new document standards?

    The recording standards provided for in G.S. 161-14(b) are effective for all instruments EXECUTED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2011. After this date, any instrument presented for registration must meet the following requirements: Presented on 8 1/2" x 11" or 8 1/2" x 14" paper Has a blank margin at top of first page of 3" and 1/4" on remaining sides of the first page and all sides of subsequent pages. Be typed or printed in black on white paper in a legible font that is not smaller than 9 points in size Is printed in single-sided pages Indicates the type of instrument at the top of the first page The new requirements permit blanks to be filled in and corrections to be made by hand in pen. If a document executed on or after October 1, 2011 does not meet the new standards, can the document still be recorded? Yes, however, the Register of Deeds will collect a new $25.00 fee for filing a "nonstandard document." This fee will be in addition to the filing fee for the actual recording. The National Standard Form for Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) will be excepted from the "nonstandard document" fee.

  • How do I find out if there are any liens or judgements on real property?

    You must call the Clerk of Superior Court located at the Wilkes County Courthouse at (336) 667-1201.

  • How do I find out who is the owner of a particular piece of property?

    You will need to contact the Wilkes County Tax Mapping Department at (336) 651-7309.

  • How do I record a business name under an assumed name?

    You may complete and record a Certificate of Assumed Name. You must complete the appropriate form: Certificate of Assumed Name of a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Partnership OR a Certificate of Assumed Name for a Corporation. The recording fee for either instrument is $26.00 for the first 15 pages plus $4.00 for each additional page.

  • What is the recording fee of a deed of trust?

    The filing fee is $56.00 for the first 15 pages plus $4.00 for each additional page.

  • What is the recording fee of a deed?

    The filing fee is $26.00 for the first 15 pages plus $4.00 for each additional page. In addition, excise tax must be included with the filing fee. 

  • How do I calculate excise tax?

    The calculation of excise tax is $1.00 per each $500.00 or a fractional part thereof of the purchase price or value of the property if a trade is negotiated.

  • What are the requirements for recordation of a deed or deed of trust?

    The name of the draftsman must appear on the first page of the document. This must be either a law firm or an individual's name. This should be prefaced with the words "Prepared by" or Drawn by". In addition, the first page should contain the name of the person to whom the instrument is to be returned. This should be prefaced with the words "Return to". If you are recording a gift deed, this must be stated on the first page. If the deed is not a gift, you must declare and pay excise tax consideration. The excise tax must be noted on the first page of the deed. Instruments must be properly signed and notarized.

  • What if I have a question regarding document preparation?

    You will need to direct your questions to an attorney. We are unable to give legal advice, and cannot prepare deeds or any other documents.

  • What legal forms can I obtain from the Register of Deeds Office?

    We provide only assumed name forms. All other forms must be obtained from an attorney's office or from a business supply store.

  • What is the cost of a marriage license in North Carolina?

    The cost is $60.00.

  • What if I do not have a social security number and am not eligible for one?

    You must complete the Affidavit of Ineligibility and have it properly notarized. You may then present this form and proceed with the marriage license application. You may obtain this form either from our office or download from the forms section of this webside.

  • Are there any blood tests or a physical required for a marriage license?

    No, there are no medical tests required for a marriage license.

  • Do I need to make an appointment to apply for a marriage license?

    No, marriage licenses are issued between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Applicants should be in our office by 4:30 p.m.

  • What is the youngest age one can marry in North Carolina?

    Effective October 1, 2001, the marriage laws (G.S. 51-2A) changed the requirements for marriages of persons 14 & 15. Please call our office at (336) 651-7351 for specific details.

  • How do I renew my notary and what is the cost?

    The fee for administering the oath is $10.00. You may download the Application for Reappointment as a North Carolina Notary Public from the Secretary of State's website at http://www.sosnc.com/ - click on Notary Public Section and scroll down to Notary Forms.

  • How do I change my name and/or address?

    N.C. Gen. Stat. 10A-13(b) states that within 30 days after changing names, a notary shall notify the Secretary of State of the change by submitting a name/address change form. If the county changes due to the address change, the notary may continue to use the seal or stamp for the previous county of commission and at the time of expiration re-apply for the county of residence. There is no fee to the Secretary of State for these changes. Once you receive notice from the Secretary of State that the change has been processed, you must come to Wilkes County Register of Deeds office to be sworn in. The fee for administering the oath is $10.00. You may downloand the Application of North Carolina Notary Public Change of Name/Address from the Secretary of State's website http://www.sosnc.com/

  • How can I contact the Secretary of State?

    You may go the the Secretary of State's website at www.sosnc.com Click on Notary Public Section.

  • When was the Uniform Commercial Code revised?

    The Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 was revised effective July 1, 2001. The major changes are that only the financial statements that will be filed in the local Register of Deeds office are those in which the collateral is as-extracted collateral, timber to be cut, or fixtures. In addition, the filing fees have increased.

  • What types of UCC's are filed at the local Register of Deeds office as a result of Revised Article 9?

    Financing statements filed locally are an initial financing statement for fixture filings (related to real property) and an amendment (continuation, assignment, termination) of that same record. If a fixture filing financing statement was filed at the local Register of Deeds office prior to July 1, 2001, a termination of that record will also be filed locally. All other financing statements will be filed at the Secretary of State.

  • What are the new filing fees for UCC's?

    Filing fees for initial financing statements, correction statements, and all amendments, including terminations: One or Two Pages $38.00 Three to ten pages $45.00 Over ten pages $45.00 plus $2.00 per page over ten. Fees for providing information (UCC-11) on UCC's filed before July 1, 2001: $30.00 per name searched; $1.00 per copy provided.

  • To whom can I direct my additional questions regarding the Revised Article 9?

    You may go to the Secretary of State's website at http://www.sosnc.com/ for the latest information

  • How do I become a Notary Public?

    The Wilkes Community College offers the notary class that is required prior to submission of your initial appointment application. You will receive your initial appointment application from the notary instructor. Class schedules are available from Wilkes Community College at (336) 838-6100.

  • Who may obtain a certified copy of my marriage certificate?

    Other than the parties of the marriage, only the brother/sister, child/step-child or grandchild, parent/step-parent or grandparent, authorized agent, attorney or legal representative is authorized to obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate. The appropriate form must be completed.

  • How do I obtain a certified copy of my marriage certificate?

    You must either come in person to our office, or submit a written request. The written request must include the groom's name, the brides name at the time of the marriage, date of marriage and place of marriage. You MUST SIGN your request and give an address where we are to mail the certified copy. The fee for the certified copy must accompany your written request. The request is filled the day we receive it and it goes out in the next business day's mail.

  • What is the cost of a copy of a death certificate?

    The cost is $10.00 for each certified copy and .25 cents for each uncertified copy. $1.00 uncertified by mail.

  • What vital records can I access from Wilkes County?

    Wilkes County Register of Deeds has birth and death records from October 1913 and marriages from 1882. These records are for birth, death and marriages occurring in Wilkes County.

  • Who may obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

    Only the current spouse, brother/sister, child/step-child or grandchild, parent/step-parent or grandparent, authorized agent, attorney or legal representative is authorized to obtain a certified copy of a death certificate. The appropriate form must be completed.

  • How do I obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

    You must either come in person, or submit a written request. The written request must include name of deceased, date of death, place of death, date of birth, age at time of death and race. You MUST SIGN your request and give an address where we are to mail the certified copy. The fee for the certified copy must accompany your written request. The request is filled the day we receive it and it goes out in the next business day's mail.

  • What is the cost of a copy of a birth certificate?

    The cost is $10.00 for each certified copy and .25 for each uncertified copy, $1.00 if by mail.

  • How do I obtain a certified copy of my birth certificate?

    You must either come in person to our office with picture identification, or submit a written request. The written request must include full name at birth, date of birth and both parents' names. You MUST SIGN your request and give an address where we are to mail the certified copy. The fee for the certified copy must accompany your written request. The request is filled the day we receive it and it goes out in the next business day's mail.

  • What is the cost of a copy of a marriage certificate?

    The cost is $10.00 for each certified copy and $0.25 cents for each uncertified copy. $1.00 by mail for uncertified.

  • Who may obtain a certified copy of my birth certificate?

    Only your current spouse, brother/sister, child/step-child or grandchild, parent/step-parent or grandparent, authorized agent, attorney or legal representative is authorized to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate. The Application for a North Carolina Birth Certificate form completed.

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