Fair Housing: North Carolina

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

North Carolina Protected Classes

(State of North Carolina General Statutes § 41A-4)

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

Charlotte Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Charlotte Protected Classes

(City of Charlotte Municipal Code §§12-106 et seq.)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

Greensboro Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Greensboro Protected Classes

(City of Greensboro Municipal Code §§12-133 et seq.)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

Raleigh Metro Area (Research Triangle)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

City of Durham Protected Classes

(City of Durham Municipal Code §§ 34-47 - 34-53)

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Military Status
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Protected Hairstyle1

1Protected hairstyle means any hairstyle, hair type, or hair texture historically associated with race such as, but not limited to, braids, locks, twists, tight coils or curls, cornrows, Bantu knots, and afros.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Raleigh Protected Classes

(City of Raleigh Municipal Code Part 4 Chapter 2 §4-2004)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.