Fire Protection

Mills River Fire Dept

The Town of Mills River has a contract with Mills River Fire and Rescue for fire protection within the Town limits.  Mills River Fire and Rescue has a rich history of service to the Mills River community and a strong tradition of excellence.

Click HERE to go to the Mills River Fire and Rescue website.

Law Enforcement

Henderson County Sheriff Dept

Law Enforcement is provided by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.  In addition to the regular protection the Sheriff’s Office provides, the Town of Mills River has a contract for supplemental protection.  Sergeant Ken McCraw serves the residents of Mills River with dedication and a smile.

Click HERE to go to the Henderson County Sheriff's website.

Call the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department to contact Sergeant McCraw and schedule a time for him to speak to your organization.

     Emergencies: 911    Non-Emergencies: 697-4911


The Town of Mills River was founded in part for residents to have some control over the management of growth.  In March of 2004, the Town took over Planning from Henderson County and has since adopted its own Zoning Ordinance.  Through the Zoning Ordinance the Town regulates land use, density, setbacks, cell towers, subdivisions, landscaping, and signs.  For more information on the Zoning Ordinance, contact Zoning Administrator Jaime Laughter, or Zoning Enforcement Officer Pat Christie. 

To go directly to the Planning & Zoning page
click HERE.

planning dept

To see an online version of the Code of Ordinances click HERE.


streetlights In May of 2005, the Town of Mills River began a street-lighting project by installing lights at the intersections of Highway 280 (Boylston Highway), Old Turnpike Road, and Schoolhouse Road; and at the intersection of Highway 191 South and Banner Farm Road.  The Town will gradually add additional lights at key intersections and along more dangerous stretches of road.  To obtain a street-light in your neighborhood, contact Town Hall.  A list will be compiled, priorities set, and additional lighting added as funding allows.