Electronic plan review for building permits begins Monday, March 26, 2018. More information will be posted on that date. 


Single family homes include detached homes, duplexes (two family), and townhouses. To permit a new single family home, please submit a completed residential permit application, two copies of the plans, and a scaled proposed plot plan. We will verify contractor’s licenses, review the plan sets and ensure compliance with the Town zoning ordinances. Reviews usually take two weeks. Both sets of submitted plans will be returned to you, we do not keep copies of new residential plans here at the Town. You will be notified when your permit is ready to pickup.

The North Carolina Residential Building Code requires that plans be compliant with the State Energy Code. See Energy Code requirements.
For plan requirements, please see the residential plan check list.

Single-Family Site Inspections

Certificates of occupancy for single-family homes also require site inspections, which are conducted by the Planning Department staff. For questions about site inspections, please contact the Development Support Division at (919) 469-4046.

As-Built Surveys

Town ordinances require a sealed foundation survey for all new single family home permits if construction is within 5’ of a setback line, easement, or buffer. A sealed final survey may also be required if porches or decks not shown on the foundation survey are within 5’ of a setback line, easement or buffer. Sealed surveys need to be prepared by a land surveyor registered in North Carolina.

Scheduling Process & Tips

Inspections can be scheduled online, via telephone or in person.  If you do not have access to a computer and need to schedule an inspection, you can call us at (919) 469-4046, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The day of your inspection, you can visit “Who’s My Inspector” on the morning of your scheduled inspection.  You will find your assigned inspector’s name and contact information.  You can call 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., while we are compiling our daily routes, to get an ETA or discuss special circumstances or time restrictions.