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 department processes permit applications, collects associated fees, reviews construction plans, schedules inspections, tracks permit and inspection data, handles street naming and addressing, inspects for code compliance and enforces minimum housing regulations.

 Building Permits Online Tools

 Information for Homeowners & Contractors

Homeowners Tips for Home Construction Projects – See our advice and tips for things to consider before, during, and after starting that next home improvement project.

Process FlowchartTake a look at the permitting and inspections process in a flowchart!  See all the steps an application takes to become a permit and then see how it goes through it's inspections with our Building Permit Application and Inspections Process flowchart.

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

  • Building inspection questions – Call Doug Beninate, Chief Building Inspector at (919) 469-4345 or email
  • Plumbing and Mechanical inspection questions – Call Phil Rice, Chief Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector at (919) 469-4341or e-mail
  • Electrical inspection questions – Call Gary Stafford, Chief Electrical Inspector at (919) 469-4309 or e-mail


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