Cary Town Hall and some staffed facilities will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Some services will also be affected. Learn more.

Submit all new residential permit applications using electronic plan review


Single family homes include detached homes, duplexes (two family), and townhouses. View the residential plan check list. To permit a new single family home:

We will verify contractor’s licenses, review the plan sets and ensure compliance with the Town zoning ordinances. Reviews usually take two weeks. You will be notified when your permit is ready to pickup.

The North Carolina Residential Building Code requires plans to be compliant with the State Energy Code requirements.

Single-Family Site Inspections

Certificates of occupancy for single-family homes require a site inspections by the Planning and Development Services Department staff. For questions about site inspections, call (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 Inspections

  • Schedule online
  • Call  (919) 469-4046, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Inspection Day

  • Visit Who’s My Inspector? to find your assigned inspector and cell phone number.
  • Call your inspector between 7 and 7:30 a.m. to get an ETA or discuss time restrictions.