Inspections and 

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Inspections & Permits

The primary mission of the Inspections and Permits Department is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Cary by providing for their health, safety and welfare through the effective and efficient administration and enforcement of the North Carolina State Building Code and applicable local ordinances.

The Town of Cary offers a single contact number for most of your development needs.

Phone: (919) 469-4046

  • Scheduling an Inspection
  • Development Liaison Service
  • Application Submission Questions
  • Minimum Housing and Zoning Complaints
  • General Planning Inquiries
  • BP Online Main Page
    • Online Permit Application
    • Pay Permit Fees
    • Check Building Permit Review Status
    • Schedule and View Inspections
In Person:  316 N. Academy Street, Cary, NC  27513

We are located on the first floor of Town Hall, 316 North Academy St. Customers may visit us from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Town holidays. Park in the free, designated visitor parking spaces, in front of Town Hall on Academy St, on the circular drive off Ambassador Loop Road or any level of the parking deck. Once you enter Town Hall we are located near the West entrance.

Our Mission

The department will promote customer satisfaction by serving as a liaison between local government and the Cary construction community while ensuring that a service oriented, professional atmosphere is always present. All employees will strive to develop the best building inspection program in the State of North Carolina.

The department processes permit applications, calculates associated fees, reviews construction plans, tracks permit and inspection data, inspects for code compliance and performs state mandated routine fire inspections on commercial buildings.

To see all of the steps for a typical construction project, from permitting to inspections, please review our building permit workflow. See our homeowners' tips for home construction projects.

If you have specific NC Building Code questions, or if you have an idea for a seminar, please contact:

Building inspection
Doug Beninate, Chief Building Inspector
(919) 469-4345

Plumbing inspection
Phil Rice, Chief Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector (919) 469-4341

Mechanical inspection (HVAC/Gas Piping)
Phil Rice, Chief Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector
(919) 469-4341

Electrical inspection
Gary Stafford, Chief Electrical Inspector
(919) 469-4309

Fire Prevention or State Mandated fire inspections
Kenneth Caudle, Chief Fire Code Enforcement Official
(919) 469-4351

Scot Berry
Department Director
(919) 469-4046 (Development Support Contact Center)