Building Construction and Plan Review

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Building Inspections, Plan Review and Soil Erosion Control

The Building Inspections Division provides plan review, permitting and inspections for:

Commercial / Residential Construction Permits
All permits - Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and required Fire Alarm Systems - require plan review before they are issued. All building construction projects require some type of plans before a building permit can be issued.

Sediment & Erosion Control Permits
The Sediment & Erosion Control Section is responsible for erosion control plan review, grading permits, erosion control inspections, and permanent stabilization of commercial development.

Construction Inspection
A permit is required before any work can be started in the City of Greensboro. The following volumes of the North Carolina State Building Code are enforced:

New 2018 North Carolina Building Codes will become effective as follows:

  • July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018: There will be a six-month overlap time between adoption and mandatory effective date.
  • January 1, 2019: The 2018 NC Code will become mandatory (effective). 

Construction Type Code Publication
General Buildings 2012 North Carolina Building Code
(2009 IBC revised)
Residential 2012 North Carolina Residential Code
(2009 IRC revised)
Accessibility Chapter 11 North Carolina Building Code and ANSI 117.1-2009
Existing Buildings

1995 Existing Building or 2009 NC Rehab Code or

Chapter 34 North Carolina Building Code

Energy Efficiency 2012 North Carolina Energy Code
(2009 IECC revised)