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Franklin Named One of the Best Places to Retire

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this quaint southwestern North Carolina town offers a change of pace and a never-ending supply of activities for the entire family. Franklin was recently featured in Where to Retire Magazine and named one of Retirement Lifestyles Magazine's Top 10 places to retire.


Franklin is large enough to offer almost anything you need, yet small enough to offer the highest quality of life. Nature's wonders, history and heritage, as well as other nteresting and unique diversions make Franklin the ideal place for a relaxing, refreshing getaway - truly the home of mountain treasures and simple pleasures.


In order to facilitate your move here, we thought it would be helpful to provide some of the following information for you.


The Macon County Airport, located at 1241 Airport Road (off of NC Highway 28 and approximately 5 miles north of Franklin) has a 4,400 foot by 75 foot runway. It will accommodate VFR only, no instruments. Hours of operation are 8:00 AM to dusk. For further information, call (828) 524-5529.

Automobile Tags

Within 30 days of establishing residency, you must also obtain a North Carolina automobile tag. This may be done at 118 East Depot Street. They can be reached at (828) 369-8165.


Alcoholic beverages are available within town limits. Beer and wine may be purchased at a number of stores. Distilled liquor may be purchased at the ABC Store at 149 Macon Plaza off of Highlands Road.

A number of restaurants have full-service bars offering a fantastic variety of wines, beer and liquor by the drink.


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Business License

You may obtain a Privilege License to do business in the Town of Franklin at City Hall at 188West Main Street. If your business is to be located outside of the town limits, no license is required unless for regulatory purposes.


Cablevision & Satelite Service

Mediacom has the local contract for cablevision. They may be reached at 1-800-946-5388. In addition, there are a number of satellite service providers in our county.


Driver's License

You have 30 days after you move here to apply for a North Carolina driver's license. You may do so out in the Macon Industrial Park off of US 64 West at 277 Industrial Park Road. They may be reached at (828) 524-3592.


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Electric Service

Our service is provided by Duke Energy. For new service call them at (828) 524-2121.


Fire & Emergency Services

The Macon County Emergency Medical Service, which is available by dialing 911, provides ambulance services. Fire service is provided by a number of volunteer fire departments which are all available through 911. A regional air ambulance is also based in Franklin for extreme medical emergencies.


Garbage Collection

Residents have the choice of hiring a private service or using the convenience centers scattered through the county. The convenience centers also provide for recycling of glass, plastic, paper, and cardboard. The landfill is located on Lakeside Drive just outside of Franklin off Lake Emory Road.


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The Town of Franklin in governed by a mayor and Board of Aldermen. Day to day operations are supervised by a town manager. The City Hall is located at 188 West Main Street and they be called at (828) 524-2516. The mayor and Board of Aldermen hold meetings on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in City Hall.

Macon County, of which Franklin is the County Seat, is governed by a Board of Commissioners with day to day operations being supervised by the county manager. They are located at 5 West Main Street and may be contacted at (828) 349-2025. The Board of Commissioners meet the second Monday at 6:00 PM in the County Courthouse. If you have an item for their agenda, merely call the week before scheduled meetings in order to reserve space on the appropriate agenda.


Heating Fuel

Natural Gas is available within limited areas. The customer service office of Toccoa Natural Gas is in Westgate Shopping Center. Propane gas and other heating fuels are available through a number of distributors.


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Law Enforcement

This is provided by Franklin Police Department at 97 East Main. For emergencies, dial 911, for non-emergencies, call (828) 524-2864. The Macon County Sheriff's Department and jail is on Lakeside Drive. For emergencies, dial 911, for non-emergencies dial (828) 524-2811.



We have an exceptional library at 819 Siler Road. Their number is (828) 524-3600. A new 29,000 square foot facility.


Post Office

The Post Office is located on Depot Street in Franklin. Highlands, Nantahala, Otto, Scaly Mtn., Topton and Aquone also have post offices.


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The tax structure in North Carolina includes income tax on personal and business income. Sales tax is collected at the rate of 6.75% on all goods purchased with the exception of prescription drugs, gasoline, coin operated laundry, false teeth, eyeglasses, motor vehicles and goods purchased for resale. The sales tax on motor vehicles is 3%. In addition to sales tax on lodging, there is a 3% lodging tax. Property taxes are administered and levied by the town and county.


Telephone & Internet

New residents may obtain phone service from Frontier by calling 1-877-462-8188. In addition, there are a number of cell phone providers, and local Internet service provided by Dnet Internet Services (828) 349-3638. Other internet providers are Balsam West, Frontier, and Smoky Mountain Systems.


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Voter Registration

Residents must register 30 days prior to an election, be a U.S. Citizen, and be 18 years of age or older by the election date. To register to vote contact: Macon County Board of Elections, Macon County Courthouse, 5 W. Main Street, Franklin, North Carolina 28734 (828) 349-2034.


Water & Sewer

The Town of Franklin provides water and sewer service. Their office is at 188 West Main Street and they may be phoned at (828) 524-2516.


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Town & County Offices


Franklin Fire Department


Franklin Police Department
97 East Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734


Macon County Courthouse
5 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734


Macon County Board of Education
P.O. Box 1029
Franklin, NC 28734


Macon County Board of Elections


Macon County Emergency Medical Services
c/o Macon County Courthouse
5 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734


Macon County Humane Society


Macon County Inspections


Macon County Landfill


Macon County Public Health Center


Macon County Public Library

  Macon County Recreation Park
Macon County Sheriff's Office
Lakeside Drive
Franklin, NC 28734
  Macon County Social Services
Town Office
City Hall
Franklin, NC 28734



Local State & Federal Offices


N.C. Employment Security Commission


N.C. Driver's License Office


N.C. License Plate Agency


N.C. Division of Forestry


Social Security Administration


U.S. Forest Service
Wayah Ranger Dist.

90 Sloan Rd.
Franklin NC 28734


U.S. Post Office
Depot Street
Franklin, NC 28734




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