Cary is currently under a Stay-at-Home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most public-facing and staffed facilities are closed to the public, including Town Hall. All playgrounds are closed but greenways, parks, and park restrooms remain open at this time. Some services have been canceled or are limited. Learn more.

The primary mission of the Inspections and Permits Department is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Cary by providing for their health, safety and welfare through the effective and efficient administration and enforcement of the North Carolina State Building Code and applicable local ordinances.

The Town of Cary offers a single contact number for most of your development needs.

Phone: Dial 311 or (919) 469-4046

  • Scheduling an Inspection
  • Development Liaison Service
  • Application Submission Questions
  • Minimum Housing and Zoning Complaints
  • General Planning Inquiries
  • Building Permits Online
    • Online Permit Application
    • Pay Permit Fees
    • Check Building Permit Review Status
    • Schedule and View Inspections
In Person:  316 N. Academy Street, Cary, NC  27513

We are located on the first floor of Town Hall. Visit us from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Town holidays. Park in the free, designated visitor parking spaces in front of Town Hall on Academy Street, on the circular drive off Ambassador Loop, or any level of the parking deck. Once you enter Town Hall we are located near the West entrance.

Our Mission

The department will promote citizen satisfaction by serving as a liaison between local government and the Cary construction community while ensuring that a service-oriented, professional atmosphere is always present. All employees will strive to develop the best building inspection program in the State of North Carolina.

The department processes permit applications, calculates associated fees, reviews construction plans, tracks permit and inspection data, inspects for code compliance and performs state mandated routine fire inspections on commercial buildings.

To see all of the steps for a typical construction project, from permitting to inspections, please review our building permit workflow. See our homeowners' tips for home construction projects.

NC Building Code Questions or seminar ideas? Contact us.

Residential Multi-Trade Inspections
Dale Jarman
Chief Residential Multi-Trade Inspector, Interim
(919) 621-6480

Building Inspections
Doug Beninate
Chief Building Inspector
(919) 621-6479

Electrical, Mechanical, & Plumbing Inspections
Chris Buckheit
Chief Electrical, Mechanical, & Plumbing Inspector
(919) 244-0572


Brian Stark
Assistant Director
Inspections & Permits Department