Mayor Smith Declares State of Emegency

A State of Emergency has been declared for the Town of Richlands due to the COVID-19 threat.

This does not invoke a curfew, nor does it close any businesses.

All town owned buildings will be closed to the public as well as Venters Park.

The declaration may help provide for reimbursement for some expenditures, should they be made in connection to the COVID-19 situation.

Richlands Mayor McKinley Smith’s action in the declaration of a State of Emergency follows action by the Onslow Board of Commissioners in declaring a State of Emergency for the unincorporated areas of the County.

For additional information, please contact town hall at 910-324-3301 or by email

For full information on closures and cancellations you can click here

Declaration of a State of Emergency 

For Information on the Coronavirus


Onslow County Phone Bank


Richlands Planning Board Opening

Anyone that is interested in volunteering for the opening is welcome to fill out a citizen participation application.  All forms can be dropped off at Town Hall


Prescription Drug Card

Residents of the town can come pick up their free Prescription Drug Card at Town Hall compliments of NC League of Municipalities

Message from the Chief of Police

It’s that time of year again when the grass is starting to grow.  Please remember the town has ordinances covering the length of grass (exceeding 8 inches).  Grass clippings in the street are not allowed because they wash into the storm water system.  Richlands is a beautiful town and we need your assistance keeping it that way.  If you have any questions please call and ask for our code enforcement officer or you can go on the town’s website and look under ordinances.


Proposed FY 2020-2021 Town of Richlands Budget


ONWASA Payments

We will not be accepting payments in town hall at this time.  Please make your payments using the drop box, online at, by phone 1-877-302-2787, or by using one of the kiosk locations.  Thank you


Attention all Veterans!

Meeting has been cancelled

If you were honorably discharged from military service at any time since 1941, you are eligible for membership in The American Legion and The Legion is coming to you.  There will be an exploratory meeting on March 19th at 6:00 pm at the Richlands Town Hall.  At this meeting we will discuss the possibilities of forming a new Legion Post here in Richlands.  There is no cost to attend and we would like to see a big turnout!

Point of Contact is Lou Cook, Past Department Commander;


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State Landfill Regulations

State Regulations will not allow the disposal of TV’s, computer monitors, towers, printers and microwaves at the landfill.  Therefore the Town will not pick up any of these items.   Residents of the Town must dispose of these items themselves.Please contact Onslow County at 455-4470 for the nearest convenience center.

Welcome to Richlands

Richlands is a vibrant, family-friendly community with small-town charm and a historic central business area. Richlands is rich in history and relevant today. With new opportunities, new technologies and strategic planning, it’s truly “a Great Place to Grow!” Richlands has been a very attractive building location in recent years due to it’s high quality of life and lower cost of living. We welcome you to visit Richlands through this site and learn more about our Town and community.

The town is governed by a Mayor and five Aldermen which are elected at large every two years. The Town Administrator is appointed by the board to handle day-to-day operations of the Town, including general supervision of town departments. The Town Clerk, Chief of Police and Town Attorney are all hired by the Board of Alderman. You can learn more about our Officials and the Departments of the Town and the duties of those departments and staff in the pages of this site.

The Richlands Community Building is available to rent

Click here to learn more or contact Town Hall at 910.324.3301