Building Inspections

When is a building permit needed? 

  • all new construction, additions and remodel/repair jobs require a permit 
  • window replacements
  • any plumbing, electrical, mechanical work regardless of cost
  • fences do require a permit
  • all storage sheds and accessory structures

General Information needed to obtain a permit:
  • a blue line survey of property prepared by a North Carolina land surveyor
  • two sets of building plans
  • Dare County Health Department permit or approval
  • any other state or federal permits including CAMA

Owner Authorization Form - click here.  Projects with total construction cost of $30,000 or less do not require a licensed general contractor.  This form acknowledges owner responsibility for these types of projects and establishes the requirement for a Certificate of Occupancy/Completion for any such project.    

Below is a link to obtain a Residential Building Permit Application.  This application and checklist were developed to assist owners and contractors provide required information to the Building Inspectors necessary for a residential building permit.  Copies are also available at the Planning Department.  

Residential Building Permit Application