When is a permit required?
When is it necessary to obtain a building permit? Well, the answer is almost always. A permit is required anytime work is done on a building or structure, or the systems serving the structure (including plumbing, mechanical, and electrical wiring) with a few exceptions, including the following.

The North Carolina State Building Code states, "No person, firm or corporation shall erect, construct, enlarge, install, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building, structure, or service system without first obtaining a permit for such from the Inspections Department having jurisdiction."

Everyday projects requiring permits include:
  1. Converting a residence to a business
  2. Constructing a deck, screened porch, or sunroom
  3. Installing an irrigation system
  4. Installing a swimming pool
  5. Adding a ceiling fan
  6. Finishing an attic or basement
  7. Replacing a furnace or air conditioner
  8. Installing gas logs, attic fans, skylights

Questions? Call 919-918-7336 or visit the Inspections and Permits Division located in Town Hall at 301 West Main Street.

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1. When is a permit required?
2. When is a permit not required?
3. What are the Inspections office hours?
4. Where is the Inspections office located?
5. What will I need to obtain a building permit?
6. When is a plot plan or new survey required?
7. Can I, as a homeowner, do my own work?
8. How much will my permit cost?
9. How can I access the building code?
10. Are there restrictions on availability of building permits?
11. Can you tell me the process of obtaining a permit?
12. How can I schedule an inspection?