Permits & Inspections
Permits & Plan Review
Permitting: Permit forms are available in the table shown below. The Inspections office is located at 331 S. Franklin St., first floor. Email forms to email@example.com. Payments can be taken over the phone using a debit or credit card (with the exception of American Express) by calling either 252-972-1109 or 252-972-1110.
Interpretations: Each inspector handles interpretations or technical inquiries. Justin Floyd, Inspections Administrator, handles detailed interpretations. For all other interpretations you may contact the North Carolina Department of Insurance for an informal interpretation. Formal interpretations must be requested in writing.
New Code Books: The new code books are available online at www.iccsafe.com or to walk-in customers at the NC DOI Office in Raleigh located at 322 Chapanoke Road.
Building: Inquiries regarding the building code or a building inspection will be taken by office staff and directed to the appropriate inspector at 252-972-1109 or 252-972-1110.
- To check the status of your plan review, you may call the Inspection Department at 252-972-1109 or 252-972-1110.
- To change the occupancy of a commercial building, please contact the Inspections Desk at 252-972-1109 or 252-972-1110 to speak with office staff. The building may have to be brought up to code depending on the new use of the building.
On new construction a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued for completed sites by the Inspection Division after all other applicable departments have signed off on their approval If residential accessory structures are over twelve feet in any dimension, a building permit is required. If upon inspection, conformance with the required regulations cannot be determined, an as built signed and sealed plot plan designed by a registered professional may be required by the inspector before final approval. Projects in a flood hazard area will be reviewed to ensure they meet all flood development requirements.
Floodplain Administration: Any development, including buildings or other structures, filling, grading, or paving, requires a Floodplain Development Permit. Permit applications are reviewed by the Floodplain Manager for compliance with all floodplain regulations.
Building Permit Expiration: Note that all job sites must obtain the first inspection within six months of permit issuance and will expire after one year from the last inspection if final has not been obtained.
Review Schedule: Both Residential and Commercial Construction plans will be assigned and reviewed in the order in which they are received. If a contractor has several plans for review, upon submission please specify to the Inspections staff if there is an order of priority for your plans. We will make every attempt to accommodate your request, but cannot adjust the priority of one set of plans over plans currently under review for other contractors.
Review Requirements: For Residential construction review 2 sets of detailed plans are required for review. The plans must be on 18″x24″ minimum sized sheets. This submittal must include a site plan showing property lines, setbacks, and distance of any addition to the property lines.
For commercial projects, 3 sets of detailed plans are required on minimum sized sheets of 18″x24″ along with an electronic submittal. If the project has any type of addition building, ramp, ext. there will need to be a civil review, and this is done through the Development Review Committee (DRC). A DRC review is depending on project size and zoning. Below are the categories of the civil review and the links the checklists and submission forms for the reviews.