Attention: This page only contains information for commercial permitting requirements and documents. For information about single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, or other small projects, visit the Residential Permits.
Do I need a commercial permit?
Requirements for permits can be found in NC General Statute 160A-417. All non-residential work including, but not limited to, the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal, or demolition of any building or structure requires a permit. This requirement is regardless of cost and pertains to buildings or structures covered under the NC Sate Building Code.
A permit is needed for the following types of work:
Constructing, altering, repairing, moving, or demolishing any building or structure;
Installing, extending, altering, or repairing any heating or cooling system;
Installing electrical wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment;
Installing, extending, or repairing any plumbing system
Examples of work that requires a commercial permit include but are not limited to:
Upfits for new businesses
Multi-family residential construction
All mechanical, electrical, or plumbing work occurring on a commercial property
You may submit an application by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please review the commercial permit application checklist for details on all of the required documents for your submittal.
How long doe sit take to get a permit?
Applications that require building review have a 30 business day time frame for initial comments to be sent and 5 additional business days for permit preparation. Applications that don't require plan review and are only for the replacement of mechanical appliances, water heaters, or other trade only work have a 2 business day time-frame.