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Cary is currently under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most public-facing and staffed facilities are closed to the public, including Town Hall. All playgrounds are closed, but greenways, parks, and park restrooms remain open for the time being. Some services have been canceled or are limited. Learn more.

Quick Contacts

Planning and Development Services Call Center

(919) 469-4046

Online Services (click2gov)

  • Apply for a Residential Trade Permit
  • Schedule or cancel an inspection
  • Pay for a permit fees
  • Review inspection results
  • Search permits

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Submit a permit application or plan review (IDT)

  • Commercial Building Permits 
  • Residential - new construction & small projects 
  • Development Plans

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Commercial Building Permits

Submit a permit application or plan review (IDT)

Temporary and permanent sign applications are accepted online through our IDT site.  Additional information is available:  

The Town of Cary has declared a State of Emergency and closed Town Hall and all staffed facilities. Critical services including police, fire, sanitation, water distribution, wastewater, inspections and permits, 911, and 311 will continue uninterrupted. If you have a question or need non-emergency assistance, dial 311 within town limits. For emergencies, dial 911. Learn more.

Effective March 17, 2020 – Remote SPOT appointments ONLY 

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep citizens safe from COVID-19, we are asking our SPOT program customers NOT to come into Town Hall for appointments.  Applications will be processed remotely.  

  • Apply for your permit and schedule your SPOT appointment through the electronic plan review portal as usual
  • Staff will review your permit remotely at your appointed time
  • Be available via phone for questions during your scheduled appointment time
  • You will be notified by email once your SPOT permit is complete
  • There will NOT be a permit card – the permit will be issued electronically
  • You’ll need to print your documents and plans and have them available on-site for the inspector

Please contact drc@townofcary.org with questions. 

Active Development

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Cary is in the heart of the Triangle area, which repeatedly ranks among the top places in the nation to live, work and do business. Get your project from concept to completion with the aid of our development process flowcharts or get more details about our stages of development and permitting below.

Vision & Planning
Design Approval & Permitting
Construction Permitting & Inspections
Post-Construction Approvals