Obtaining A Building Permit
All forms discussed below are available at the Permits desk Town Hall, 1st floor, 73 Hunter Street, along with staff members who can help explain the process(es). Feel free to visit!
We are currently accepting the following permit types for review through our IDT Plans portal:
Residential Single Family Dwellings (visit Publications link for more information)
Additions/Alterations/Accessory Structures (visit Publications link for more information)
**Residential applications require the same documents as you would submit at the Permits desk.
Solar (visit Solar page for more information)
Commercial EV (visit Forms page for EV Parking Application)
Residential single trade electrical-mechanical-plumbing applications can be submitted by contractors on our ePermits site. Commercial single-trade electrical-mechanical-plumbing applications must be submitted to Permits staff or by fax 919-249-3407 and require approval from Planning staff.)
All residential permits except those listed below use the same application: One and Two-Family Permit Application (PDF). Be sure to complete all portions that are applicable to your project.
Demolition application (used only when demolition needs to be done before a building permit can be issued, or when there is no new building permit to be issued): Demolition Permit Application (PDF). Workers Comp affidavi
Driveway/curb Application: https://www.apexnc.org/DocumentCenter/View/37515/Driveway-curb-cut-application
Solar installations: http://www.apexnc.org/1345/Solar.
Applications for new single family dwelling building permits must be accompanied by a completed 1-2 Family Dwelling Project checklist (PDF). There are also various checklists for other projects (decks, etc.); as well as brochures and informational materials that will help make sure you have a complete submittal. Please visit the section marked "Forms" of our website to view these materials.
Before you apply:
All commercial projects require approval from our Planning Department prior to submittal at the Permits desk. Permits will not be issued until approval is received from Planning. You may contact Planning staff at 919-249-3426, visit their office on the second floor of Town Hall, or visit their space on this website.
COMMERCIAL single trade permit applications have to be reviewed by our Planning Department. You may get Planning approval prior to submitting your application (2nd floor of Town Hall); or fax your application to the Permits Department at (919) 249-3407 and we will forward the application to the Planning Department. We will contact you when the permit has been created and is ready to be paid.
Most commercial projects, except those listed below, use the Commercial Projects Application (PDF). Be sure to complete all portions that are applicable to your project.
Grading application (used to begin site work before building permit has been issued, or to begin site work for residential subdivisions): Grading Permit Application (PDF). For projects costing >$30,000 provide Workers Comp affidavit and Certificate of Insurance.
Demolition application (used only when demolition needs to be done before a building permit can be issued, or when there is no new building permit to be issued): Demolition Permit Application (PDF). For projects costing >$30,000 provide Workers Comp affidavit and Certificate of Insurance.
Irrigation application (triggers installation of a separate irrigation water meter): Irrigation Application (PDF). For projects costing >$30,000 provide Workers Comp affidavit and Certificate of Insurance.
Solar Installations: https://www.apexnc.org/1345/Solar (to be used when the only work is solar panel installation - permit & inspection fees are waived).