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Frequently Asked Questions  

When is a permit required?

Are you considering a little remodeling? What about adding on a garage or storage building, finishing the basement or building a deck or sunroom?

According to North Carolina General Statute § 153A-357:

  1. No person may commence or proceed with:
    1. The construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal or demolition of any building;
    2. The installation, extension, or general repair of an plumbing system;
    3. The installation, extension, alteration or general repair of any heating or cooling equipment system; or
    4. The installation, extension, alteration or general repair of any electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment without first securing from the Inspection Department with jurisdiction over the site of the work each permit required by the North Carolina State Building Codes and other State or local law or local ordinance or regulation applicable to the work

Permits and Inspection's list of Frequently Called Numbers will guide you to phone numbers of those involved in the permitting process. You may also inquire about our Plans Submittal Requirements for additional information regarding the land development and construction process.

You can get a permit from the Permits & Inspections Department located at 30 Valley Street, Asheville, NC. The department's operating hours are Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. No permit applications can be processed after 4:30 pm.

For permit fees and other information please call the Permits & Inspections Department at 250-5360.

What is the cost of a permit?

Demolition Permits

For information contact WNC Regional Air Quality Agency at (828) 250-6777.

Where do I go to get a permit?

Permits are obtained by the property owner or owner's agent from the Permits & Inspections Department located at 30 Valley Street, Asheville, NC. The department's operating hours are Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For additional options on applications for electrical, mechanical and plumbing please contact our office at (828) 250-5360.

When does a permit expire?

Permits expire six (6) months after the issue date if no work has commenced. Permits also expire when work has started but discontinued for (12) months from the last inspection date.

When is a N.C. General Contractor License required?

Any contracted work which exceeds $30,000 per project (Reference NCGS § 87-1).

How is my work inspected?

Inspectors will check to make sure that work is done according to code. Contractors or homeowners doing their own work must call to arrange for all required inspections. See Inspections Division for additional information on scheduling inspections.

Where can I obtain a copy of the building code?

N. C. State Building Codes can be purchased through the International Code Council http://shop.iccsafe.org/codes/state-and-local-codes/north-carolina.html