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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?

Per 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 Building Permit. This requirement is regardless of cost and pertains to buildings or structures covered under the NC Sate Building Code.

You need a Commercial Permit for the following purposes:

  1. All commercial construction work 
  2. Any non-residential construction
  3. Any multifamily residential construction (building has more than 2 units)
  4. Any changes to the electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems

See Commercial Work Requiring a Permit for additional information.

Many commercial building applicants meet with Development Services staff before submitting their application. Contact Development Services to find out about setting up a meeting.

 


 

Application Forms

All applications require the following documents:

Applications will likely also require additional documents depending on the scope of work. Download the checklist below to find out what other forms you may need:

 

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