Cleveland, NC has evolved from Indian trails and buffalo wallows, from wagon roads to paved streets and highways, from mainly agriculture to a mixture of agriculture and industry.

 Incorporated in 1883 as Third Creek Station and renamed Cleveland in 1887, this small town of approximately 900 is located in the western portion of Rowan County. Today one can sense a historical connection of family and culture as well as benefit from modern innovations, technology, and services.

Our area is served by highly-rated schools, services that make us self-sufficient, and businesses that offer employment and stability to the town. The town goal is to preserve the home-town flavor without sacrificing quality living. Take a look at us at the following links.

The Rowan Public Library has started a Cleveland Outreach Program in Cleveland.  Books are available for citizens to check out and bring back when finished reading.  Please limit 3 books per person.   A sign out book is provided.  A variety of books are available including children, youth, fiction and non-fiction.   The library is located beside Town Hall in the green building and is open from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm on days when Town Hall is open.

ONLINE BILL PAY - Water/sewer bills can be paid online.  For more information, click on Other Information on the Main Menu, then click on Utility Services. PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY IF YOU WANT TO PAY ONLINE BUT DO NOT WANT TO SIGN UP FOR ELECTRONIC BILLING.  Call Town Hall if you inadvertently signed up for e-billing and do not want to receive your bill electronically.  Paper bills are not mailed for e-billing accounts.

ELECTRONIC BILLING - You may sign up to receive your bills elecronically.  For more information, click on Other Information on the Main menu, then click on Utility Services.

URBAN ARCHERY SEASON - The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has given North Carolina municipalities the opportunity to participate in an Extended Urban Archery Deer Season.  With the deer population growing in urban areas, the number of motor vehicle accidents involving deer is also on the rise.  In an effort to control the deer population and to mitigate accidents involving deer, the Urban Deer Season was created.  The season will run January 14 to February 18, 2017.
The Town of Cleveland is participating in the Urban Archery Deer Season.  Archery hunting is allowed ONLY in the Town limits of Cleveland.  NC Wildlife regulations require you to have written permission from property owners that must be carried with you while you are  hunting.  Hunting is not allowed on any Town-owned property.  Contact Town Hall at 704-278-4777 to verify an area is located within the Town limits.  Contact the NC Division of Wildlife Managment for hunting regulations at


A public hearing will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.  The purpose of the hearing will be to hear public comments concerning a request to change zoning from Agricultural (A-1) to Light Industrial (M-1) on approximately 115 acres owned by Christine Brown, Thomas Brown and Arthur Brown and located on Amity Hill Road.  The tax parcels are listed as 265 004, 265 018, 265 021, 265 023 and 265 027.  You do not have to sign up to speak at this hearing. 

New Residential Recycling Program began October 2, 2015 -  This new program features roll-out carts that will be used for single-stream recycling which means no sorting of materials.  All recyclables go in the same cart.  Residents who wish to participate in the new roll-out cart program must call Town Hall (704-278-4777) to sign up for a cart to be delivered.  Recycle carts will be picked up the 1st and 3rd Fridays.  Have your cart out at the curb by 8:00 a.m.

Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board:
Due to the holidays, the next regular meeting has been changed from Monday, December 26, to Monday, December 19, at 6 p.m. 

Town Hall will be closed on Friday, November 11, for Veteran's Day; Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, for Thanksgiving; Friday, Monday and Tuesday, December 23, 26 and 27 for Christmas; and Monday, January 2, for New Year's.