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.

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 4:00 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 electronically.  For more information, click on Other Information on the Main menu, then click on Utility Services.

Urban Archery Deer Season
The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has given NC 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 Archery Deer Season was created. The season will run January 13 to February 17, 2018.

The Town of Cleveland is participating in the Urban Archery Deer Season. Archery hunting is allowed ONLY inside the town limits of Cleveland, NC (Rowan County). 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 only to verify an area is located within the Town limits. Contact the NC Division of Wildlife Management at for hunting regulations.



Police Officer – The Town of Cleveland, pop. 882, is seeking an individual to fill the position of full-time Police Officer.   Possession of a NC Driver’s License and certified as a law enforcement officer in NC required. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Applications are available at this link or at Cleveland Town Hall at 302 East Main Street and should be mailed along with a cover letter, personal history statement (F3) and resume to: Town of Cleveland, PO Box 429, Cleveland, NC 27013.  Position is open until filled.  The Town of Cleveland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers a comprehensive benefits package including health and dental insurance, 401(k) plan and membership in the North Carolina Local Government Employees Retirement System.


The following weeks will have garbage and/or recycling picked up on Saturday instead of Friday: the week that includes New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Saturday dates are January 6, March 31, June 2, July 7, September 8, November 24 and December 29. IF recycling pickup is scheduled during the above weeks, it will also be delayed until Saturday.

2018 Town Board (Board of Commissioners) Meeting Changes:
The time of the regular Board meetings for the month's of May, June, July, August and September will be changed from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  The regular Board meeting date and time for the month of November has been changed from Monday, Nov. 12 to Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.