Standard Commercial Plan Review

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Full building plans drawn to scale are required for all new commercial construction, additions, renovations, alterations, and change of building use, such as warehouse to church or store to restaurant. site plan is required when covering new ground (contact the Planning Department for site plan information requirements).

Review Time:
Fourteen to 21 business days, depending on Planning Department approval of site plan, if applicable. Read the Design Review Application.

Commercial Application 
Building Permit Fee Schedule
Commercial Building Plan Submittal Requirements 

Codes Used:
2012 North Carolina Building Code 
1994 North Carolina Modular Home Code
2012 North Carolina Plumbing Code
2012 North Carolina Mechanical Code
2011 North Carolina Electrical Code
2012 North Carolina Energy Code
2009 North Carolina Rehabilitation Code
2012 North Carolina Fuel Gas Code

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). 

Paid for at time of application.
Building Permit Fee Schedule

Designer Requirement:
A designer is not required on projects where the building size is less than 2,500 sq.ft. or the value of the building is less than $90,000, except in cases where there are changes in the structural system, access or exit pattern, or change in the live or dead loads.
North Carolina Board of Architecture

Contractor Requirement:
When cost of construction is less than or equal to $30,000, the building owner can act as his or her own contractor as long as the owner has owned and occupied the building for at least one year. If the cost of construction is greater than or equal to $30,000 and a contractor is hired, that contractor must be state licensed. If the cost of construction is less than $30,000, the tenant may do the work him- or herself.
North Carolina Licensing Board of General Contractors

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