Before You Begin

See our advice and tips for things to consider before, during, and after starting that next home improvement project.

Residential Alterations and Additions

Remodeling, repairs, alterations, decks, porches, etc. require a residential building permit.

Small Projects

Permits for small projects can be obtained using our SPOT (Small Project One-hour Turnaround) program. Applicants can visit the Inspections and Permits office with all required information (residential permit application, plot plan, building plans, contractor information, etc.) and receive a permit in about an hour. Staff members also help correct any problems with plans or paperwork while you wait, saving phone calls and delays. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, decks, porches, storage buildings, additions of less than 500 square feet and conversions of attic or basement space of less than 1,500 square feet. Complex projects may require a more extensive plan review and may not be appropriate for a SPOT review. A plans examiner will advise the applicant if a project is too complex to be reviewed as a SPOT.

SPOT Hours – Weekdays, 8–11 a.m.

Interior Projects


 Exterior Projects


Work already done?

See the Done Without a Permit information.

Project not listed?

See Building Permits Online for information about:

  • Water Heaters
  • Heating and Air
  • Electrical service changes
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • Installation of electrical fixtures and circuits
  • Water and sewer line replacements
  • Gas line installations (for gas logs, grills and appliances)
  • Generator installations

Scheduling Process and 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.

On the day of your inspection, you can visit “Who’s My Inspector” in the morning. 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.