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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 and Planning 

Starting your development in Cary may include verifying and/or amending your land use or zoning, or applying for Special Use Approvals. We recommend you consult with a Development Liaison prior to scheduling a Pre-application meeting with our Development Review Committee.  

Design Approval and Permitting

Now that you have the proper Land Use and Zoning designations, it's time to design your site in accordance with Cary's Land Development Ordinance (LDO).  Obtaining development plan approval is a multi-step process and your project may require permits and design considerations related, but not limited, to Water and Sewer Permits, Erosion and Sedimentation ControlWatershed Protection and Stream Buffers.  

Construction Permitting & Inspections

Once you receive your development plan approvals and obtain any necessary Federal, State and Local land permits, it’s time set up a pre-construction conference and then apply for your grading permit as needed.  Contact your assigned Stormwater Engineering and Infrastructure Technician to schedule a pre-construction conference; find your technician by entering the site address on our Property Research Map and select "Identify" on the top right toolbar.

Inspections are required at each phase of construction covering the site, stormwater, public infrastructure, building(s) and food services, if applicable.  The Town requires public infrastructure to be installed and eligible for acceptance for routine maintenance by the Town, Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) to be in compliance and all paperwork finalized and approved before a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is issued.

Post-Construction Approvals

Once you have received your Certificate of Completion (CC) or Certificate of Occupancy (CO), you may have some Minor Alterations to your development plan or wish to apply for a Temporary Use Permit for a grand opening event. Other post-construction permits or approvals may include Fence PermitSign Permit and Building Permit for Change of Tenant.

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