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 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

View more details about work requiring a permit

Single Family/Two-Family Residential Permit Application Worksheet

View Residential Zoning-Building application and requirements checklist


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 
Regular Review  

Impervious surface (ISA) > 1500 sq. ft.

Land Disturbance (LD) > 5000 sq. ft.

In/near Special Protection Area


New Houses

Large Additions

Large hardscape / grading

Zoning Plan Review Checklist

Examples Coming Soon!
Express Review (< 5 days)  

Impervious Surface (ISA) 500 to 1500 sq. ft.

Land Disturbance (LD) 1500 to 5000 sq. ft.

Grading / new foundation


Small Additions

New Accessory Dwellings

New Driveways, Garages

Zoning Plan Review Checklist

Examples Coming Soon!

Exempt Review (same day)  

Impervious Surface (ISA) <500 sq. ft.

Land Disturbance (LD)<1500 sq. ft.

No grading

Decks, Porches, Patios, Sunrooms.

Finishing unfinished attic / basement.


Need help?

No problem! Contact Building & Development Services to find answers to your questions.


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