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During this unprecedented time, staff are working hard to convert operations to remote and electronic only. Permit Center staff will be available by phone from 8:30am to 3pm daily to allow time for processing requests and training. Due to the high volume of emails and phone calls, processing requests may be delayed. Requests will be completed in the order they're received.
Approval of sub permits may take up to 3 business days. This time may vary if prior approvals are required or additional information is needed. Applicants will be notified by email when the permit is ready.
Do I need a sub permit?
A sub permit is required for the installation, extension, repair, or alteration of any plumbing system, heating or cooling equipment system, or electrical wiring, appliances or equipment.
Types of work covered under this permit include but are not limited to:
Installation or replacement of heating and cooling equipment and water heaters
Installation of generators or irrigation systems
Water or sewer line repairs
Emergency power restoration
A permit is not required for the replacement of a water heater and associated electrical circuitry in one or two-family dwellings if the replacement meets the conditions in NC General Statute 160A-417(a)(2).
A permit is not required for the repair or replacement of electrical lighting fixtures or devices in one or two-family dwellings that meet the conditions listed in NC General Statute 160A-417(a)(4).
Applying for a permit
1. Download the application
You can download the applications here. The residential application is for one and two-family dwellings and townhouses and the commercial application is for everything else.