Remodeling, repairs, alterations, decks, porches, and many other projects require a residential building permit. You may apply for your permit in person through our SPOT program or online.    

SPOT (Small Projects One-hour Turnaround)
Monday through Friday 8–11 a.m.

Applicants visit the Development Support Counter, 316 N. Academy Street with all required information:

Staff will review the documents and help correct problems with your plans while you wait. Plan on spending about two hours. Arrive early -- staff may limit the number of applications accepted during peak times.  

Eligible projects include:

  • Decks, porches, storage buildings, additions of fewer than 500 square feet
  • Conversions of attic or basement space of fewer than 1,500 square feet

A plans examiner will advise the applicant if a project is too complex to be reviewed as a SPOT.   

Small Residential Project Permits Online

Submit your small projects electronically. Establish an account with your email address. Fill out the online application and upload your plans.  

Residential Trade Permits

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

Work Done Without a Permit

Scheduling Inspections

  • 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.