Permits and Inspections

Frequently Asked Questions

Inspections and Permits

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How to apply for a building permit: To apply for a permit you must complete the application and submit it to the Building Inspections office. The application fee must be paid and a permit issued prior to beginning any work. When applying for a building permit you must provide a plot plan showing where on the property the structure will be located. In the event that city water and sewer will not be available, you must supply an approved well and septic permit from the County Health Department.

  2. How do I schedule an inspection: To schedule an inspection or to pick up an application, call the office of the Building Inspector at (919) 563-9990. Inspections must be requested the day before between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The permit number will be required to schedule the inspection. The inspectors are usually available between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., and between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for any questions. Inspections are made in the morning and afternoon, but a specific time will not be given. If you receive the voice mail system, please leave a message indicating the job name, the address of the job, and the type of inspection.

  3. How much will my permit cost: Permit fees are based on two components. Building permit fees and utility fees (If needed). See Fee Schedule for cost of your project.

  4. When is a contractor license required: Any project where the cost of construction exceeds $30,000 dollars. Exception: A homeowner who lives in the home and plans to live there for 12 months may do his own work without a license. A Home Owner Exemption Affidavit is required with the permit. Permit and inspections are still required to determine that the work is in compliance with state and local codes.

  5. What size building can be constructed without a permit: A residential accessory structure that does not exceed 12' in any dimension can be constructed without having to meet the residential building code requirements. A permit is required to approve the location for meeting the setbacks of the zoning in which the structure is located.

  6. What will I need to obtain a building permit: For residential permits, a plot plan at a readable scale on letter or legal sized paper (if needed) is required, and an building permit application must be filled out and submitted to our office. The application will require contractors' names, addresses, and state license numbers. It is recommended that a drawing or sketch be submitted with the building permit package.

    For commercial permits, a completed building permit application package, four sets of complete drawings, one site plan, and a completed Appendix B are required.


  7. When can I talk with an Inspector: Inspectors are in the office between 8:00-8:30 in the AM and 4:30-5:00 in the PM.