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Granite Falls is located in southern Caldwell County North Carolina, just north of Hickory, on U. S. Highway 321. Its history dates back before the Revolutionary War. Its origins can be traced to land grants dating back to 1754. Granite Falls was incorporated on May 1, 1899 and was named after the Falls on Gunpowder Creek, where a solid formation of granite spans the creek. Read more about the Town's history. »

Mayor's Welcome

On behalf of the Town Council and citizens of Granite Falls, I thank you for visiting our website. I am proud to serve as Mayor of my hometown, and I hope our website will show you a small portion of the people, places and services that make Granite Falls a wonderful place to live.

Located at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and on two lakes of the Catawba River chain, our town offers home sites with views and amenities that are unique even in our beautiful state. Our town is too beautiful and friendly to appreciate fully through a website visit. So when you "log off", pack a bag and come visit us. We will take you to see the "Falls at Gunpowder Creek" from which our town derives its name, peaceful Lake Rhodhiss and Lake Hickory and many other historic and natural sites.

Again, I am happy you visited our website and I hope to see you soon.

Barry Hayes

Town Of Granite Falls In Drought Conditions

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (C-W DMAG) drought trigger update July 15, 2015 indicated through the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP) drought indicators, that the Catawba River basin has entered Stage 1 drought conditions for the first time since December 2011. Stage 1 drought conditions require the Town of Granite Falls to provide notices to residents and businesses asking for voluntary water conservation in order to achieve a 3% to 5% reduction in water use. Suggested measures to achieve this reduction include limiting the watering of grass and shrubs to two times a week with no more than one inch of water in total, turning water off while brushing teeth or washing your face and repair all leaking faucets and/or toilets. We appreciate your assistance in helping achieve this voluntary reduction in water usage. If adequate rainfall does not occur soon and we do not achieve a voluntary reduction in water usage, mandatory water usage reductions will be mandated in our area.

New From The History Museum

The Granite Falls History Committee is seeking volunteers to welcome guests to the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum on the weekends. Volunteers work one (1) two - hour shift per quarter. The museum is open on Saturdays from noon until 4 pm and on Sundays from 2 pm until 4 pm except holiday weekends. Training will be provided. Interested persons should call the Granite Falls Town Office at 396-3131.

In addition to the regular historical exhibit, the museum is currently selling vintage cookbooks, which have been donated to benefit the museum. Persons interested in acquiring one or more books should visit the museum during normal open hours or call the Town Office to request a private viewing. The Town Office can also arrange group tours during the week.

Pool Now Open!

The Town of Granite Falls is pleased to announce the opening of our newly renovated pool at the Recreation Center on June 20, 2015. The pool went through major renovations and enhancements with grant assistance from the NC DENR Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. Visit the Recreation Center webpage at www.granitefallsrecdept.com and click on links to the pool as well as the newly renovated fitness rooms.

The Granite Falls History And Transportation Museum

The Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum is located in the former home of Andrew Baird, an early settler who started the community that became the Town of Granite Falls. The Granite Falls History Committee is seeking volunteers to welcome guests to the museum on the weekends. Volunteers work one (2) two-hour shift per quarter. Training will be provided. Interested persons should call the Town Office at 396-3131.

The Town of Granite Falls is currently accepting applications for name inscriptions on the Veterans Monument. For more information please go to the Veterans Monument Inscription Application.

DVDs of the of the Dedication of the Granite Falls Veterans Monument are available at the Granite Falls Town Office for $10.00 each. The DVDs have been edited to include video footage and still photos from four (4) different cameras. Produced by the Granite Falls History Committee, profits from the sale will benefit the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum. For more information, contact the Town Office at 828-396-3131.

Privilege License Update

S.L. 2014-3/House Bill 1050 states that beginning on July 1, 2015, local governments will no longer have authority to levy the privilege license tax. Any new or existing business will no longer be required to obtain or renew a privilege license. In accordance, renewal notices will not be mailed for current year licenses expiring on June 30, 2015.

Key points of the privilege license tax legislation:

  • Privilege licenses were considered a tax on businesses and were not regulatory regarding a business's right to operate.
  • Elimination of this tax was enacted by the NC Legislature and was not in control of the Town of Granite Falls.
  • The Town of Granite Falls Finance Department will no longer be maintaining any business-related information in a database that was previously collected through the licensing process; this includes a list of new businesses.
  • Businesses which hold North Carolina ABC Commission permits must still apply for the Town of Granite Falls Beer/Wine Permit with the Finance Department.
  • Even though a privilege license will no longer be necessary after July 1, the Town's Zoning Ordinance requires that a building permit must be obtained before a business can occupy a commercial space. Please click on Our Town Services above and go to the Planning Department for more details or call the Town Office at 828-396-3131.
  • Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) will assist businesses with what is needed to operate in North Carolina. Phone (919) 447-7828 or toll free at (800) 228-8443. http://www.blnc.gov

Town of Granite Falls Newsletter:

May 2015 Edition, October 2014 Edition,
May 2014 Edition

Etched in Granite
Etched in Granite -
The History of the Town of Granite Falls, NC



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Energy Saving Tips for Hot Weather

North Carolina Air Quality Forecasts

Granite Falls Town Code of Ordinances

Town of Granite Falls Budget 2015-2016

2015-2016 Town of Granite Falls Fee Schedule

2014 Financial Statements

Automated Waste & Recycling Collection - Now Available in the Town of Granite Falls!

The Town of Granite Falls is pleased to offer automatic draft for your utility bills (water, sewer and electric). Save gas and time with this new bill paying option. Please call the Town Offices at 396-3131 for details or to sign up.

The Town of Granite Falls is pleased to provide the Connect-CTY® service, our new town-to-resident notification system.
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Granite Falls Merchants Association

Town of Granite Falls Downtown Facade Improvement Program -Grant Opportunity

Granite Falls Pedestrian Plans

Helpful Information for Navigating All Way Stop Intersections

Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum is open now on select days, please contact the Town Offices at 396-3131 for more information.

Town of Granite Falls Lakeside Park with walking/biking trails, picnic shelter, canoe launch and three separate fishing decks. - Open Now - Contact the Recreation Department at 396-1221 to make reservations for the picnic shelter.

Federal Tax Credits For Energy Effiiciency


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