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When is a Commercial Building Permit Required?

A commercial building permit from the Town of Cary is required anytime a new tenant moves into a space or if any plumbing, electrical, mechanical, sprinkler, fire alarm or structural changes are made to the building. In cases where a new tenant moves into a space, these permits are classified as either a change of tenant (moving into a space that was previously permitted for the same building occupancy type, such as Business to Business) or a change of occupancy (moving into a space that was previously approved for a different building code occupancy type, such as from a Business use to an Educational use).  Please review our Commercial Projects Plan Submittal Guide for information on how to apply for a commercial building permit. For more information, please visit the Chamber of Commerce/Town of Cary Guide to Starting a Business or contact a Development Liaison at (919) 469-4046.

Obtaining a Commercial Building Permit

Permits for commercial or multi-family construction require that a development plan be approved for the project. The review process usually takes three to four weeks, but can be longer depending upon the size and complexity of the project. During the review process, contractors’ licenses will be verified, fees will be calculated, and plans will be reviewed by building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and fire plans examiners, as well as Wake County Environmental Services, Utilities Pre-Treatment, and/or any other applicable departments as required. Any problems found during the process are communicated by fax, email or telephone to the project contact for updates or corrections. Upon approval, two (2) sets of plans are returned to the applicant.

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