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!

At this time, we do not offer electronic project submission except for Solar. 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.)

Residential

Applications:

 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.

      Solar installations:  http://www.apexnc.org/1345/Solar. 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.  

      Manufactured homes also have a separate application: Manufactured Home Application (PDF). For projects costing >$30,000
      provide Workers Comp affidavit and Certificate of Insurance.  

Checklists:

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 "Formsof our website to view these materials.


COMMERCIAL

Before you apply:

Any commercial project that is not simply an interior renovation not involving a change of tenant must begin in our Planning Department. 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.

Applications:

 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. 

Retaining wall application: (use one application per address) Retaining Wall 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). For projects costing >$30,000 provide Workers Comp affidavit and Certificate of Insurance. 

Checklists:

A completed Commercial Project Checklist (PDF) is required for commercial projects. There may be some items that are not applicable to your project - you may simply indicate N/A or "not applicable" for those sections.