Due to a high volume of requests, there will be a temporary moratorium on detailed residential building plan review effective August 15, 2019. This does not affect zoning review or approval nor does it waive the requirements for permits. Permits are still required per NCGS 160A-417. See memo for additional information.
Do I Need a Residential Building Permit?
The following residential work requires a permit:
- Any work exceeding $15,000
- Any structural work
- Most foundation and roof work
- Most electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work
- Expanding the building envelope or conditioned space
Do I need a Zoning Permit?
If any of the conditions below are part of a Residential Building Permit application, a Zoning Compliance Permit is required. Please discuss with Planning staff in Building & Development Services if you are unsure.
- 500 s.f. or more of impervious surface;
- 1,500 s.f. or more of land disturbance;
- Grading or filling;
- 5 feet or less from the Resource Conservation District or Jordan Riparian Buffer boundaries;
- Encroachment into the 100-year floodplain;
- Encroachment into steep slopes per LUMO Section 5.3.2 (400 s.f. or greater of slopes 15% or greateR);
- Inside the Historic District; or
- Adding an accessory dwelling unit.
Types of Zoning Permits
|Required Specifications||Example Projects||Site Plan Checklist||Example Documents|
Impervious surface (ISA) > 1500 sq. ft.
Land Disturbance (LD) > 5000 sq. ft.
In/near Special Protection Area
Large hardscape / grading
|Regular Site Plan Example|
|Express Review (< 5 days)||
Impervious Surface (ISA) 500 to 1500 sq. ft.
Land Disturbance (LD) 1500 to 5000 sq. ft.
Grading / new foundation
New Accessory Dwellings
New Driveways, Garages
|Express Site Plan Checklist|
|Exempt Review (same day)||
Impervious Surface (ISA) <500 sq. ft.
Land Disturbance (LD)<1500 sq. ft.
Decks, Porches, Patios, Sunrooms.
Finishing unfinished attic / basement.
- Recyclable Materials Form
- Change of Contractor Form
- Workers' Compensation Affidavit
- A certificate of insurance is required for the General Contractor of record per NCGS87-14.
- Owner Exemption Affidavit
- Scope of Work
- Lien Agent Designation (LiensNC.com)
- The owner is responsible for designating the lien agent for a project. The owner is defined in NCGS44A-7(6).
- What is the purpose of the lien agent system?
- Who is responsible for designating a lien agent?
- How do I file for a lien agent?
- A lien agent is not required for improvements to an owner's existing single family residence. The owner may complete the Lien Exemption Form.
- Lien Requirements for Manufactured Homes - House Bill 145
- Residential Temporary Power Form
- Plan Review Resubmittal Form
- Proposed Alternate Methods Form