Since 2001, North Carolina has offered an official Certified Sites program to provide a statewide inventory of industrial sites that have undergone a rigorous prequalification process to ensure they are “shovel ready” for immediate development and meet a consistent set of standards.

North Carolina Certified Sites Program

A Certified Site reduces the risks associated with development by providing detailed information about a site, including price and availability, utilities, access, environmental concerns and potential development costs. Sites are periodically re-certified to ensure accurate, reliable data.

To obtain the Certified Sites designation, communities must undergo a stringent review process that demonstrates they’ve addressed 31 prerequisites, including:

  • Business/industrial use designation
  • Phase I environment audits
  • Geo-technical studies
  • Topographical analysis and maps
  • Aerial photography
  • Availability of public utilities
  • Industrial power quality
  • Engineered site development plans
  • Detailed analysis of development cost
  • Complete information on pricing

All documentation for the Steering Committee to review must be submitted three weeks prior to the meeting of the Steering Committee. The Certified Sites Steering Committee generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of every other month of the year, starting in February. A calendar of meetings for 2017 is:


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Click here for a complete copy of the N.C. Certified Sites Program guidelines.

Visit our Available Sites & Location Data page under Advanced Search to search North Carolina’s current inventory of Certified Sites.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Certified Sites Program can be found on the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Website.

For more information about the Certified Sites Program, contact:

Austin Rouse
Certified Sites Program Coordinator
(919) 447-7793