Inspection Fees

  1. Permits Not Valid. No building, electrical, plumbing mechanical miscellaneous or other permit issued by the Department of Inspections shall be valid unless all fees as prescribed by this ordinance shall have been paid to Alamance County.
  2. Work Commenced Prior To Obtaining Permits. In all cases where building, construction, electrical, plumbing, mechanical or other work for which a permit is required is commenced before such permit is obtained, except where specific permission is granted to proceed by the Inspections Department, any permit fee due Alamance County for a permit for such work shall be twice the amount of the regular permit fee specified herein which would have been due had such permit been obtained prior to commencing work.
  3. Transferable. In some cases, permit fees may be transferred from one permit to another. Permit fees are not refundable.
  4. Time Limitation.  All permits expire six months after the date of issuance if the authorized work has not commenced. After commencement of work, if work is discontinued for a period of twelve months, the permit expires. If no inspection has been requested within a twelve-month period, it shall be presumed that work has stopped and the permit has expired.
  5. Corrections. When an installation has been determined to contain violations, corrections shall be made within an 11 day period. When said violations are not corrected within an 11 day time period, the Inspections Department shall not issue other permits to the responsible party for said violations until said corrections are made. Extended time may be granted upon written request to the Inspections Department if deemed necessary.
  6. Gas piping fees. When a fee is charged for gas-fired appliances, a separate gas-piping fee shall not be required as long as the gas-piping and appliance are ready for inspection at the same time. Appliance shall mean any gas connected appliance or any gas outlet provided for future appliance connection.
  7. Notification of inspection results shall be left at the job site.

Building Permits and Inspection Fees

Minimum Permit Fee$40.00
Extra Inspections$35.00 per inspection
Administrative Fees (changing information, renewals)$35.00
Extra building permit card, Duplicate Certificate of Occupancy$5.00
Building Permit - New residential single family dwellings, duplexes, and townhomes.$0.20 per gross sq. ft. up to 2,500 sq. ft then $0.07 per gross sq. ft. over 2,500 sq. ft.
Building Permit - Habitable rooms, additions and alterations to dwelling units$0.20 per gross sq. ft.
Building Permit - Outbuildings, garages, workshops, and similar structures$0.12 per gross sq. ft.
Homeowner's Recovery Fee$10.00

Residential Plan Review (Fee is credited toward cost of permit)

Review Fee$100.00
Accessory Bldgs. 500 sq. ft. or larger$40.00

Building Permit - Commercial

Commercial Plan Review (1,000 sq. ft. or less)$50.00
Commercial Plan Review (1,000 sq. ft. to 4,000 sq. ft.)$100.00
Commercial Plan Review (4,000 sq. ft. to 49,999 sq. ft.)$200.00
Commercial Plan Review (50,000 sq. ft. or more)$300.00
The construction cost for new construction and additions will be the greater of:
  1. The proposed cost listed on the Building Permit Application
  2. The cost determined from the most recent Building Valuation Data published by the International Code Council.
$40.00 for the first $1,000 of estimated value; $4.00 per $1,000 of estimated value up to $100,000; then $3.00 per $1,000 of estimated value over $100,000
Demolition of building$40.00
Moving building$100.00
Swimming Pools$75.00
Solar Installations$40.00
Signs/billboards up to 200 sq. ft.$40.00
Signs/billboards over 200 sq. ft.$55.00
Occupancy Permit/Day Care/ABC License Inspection Fees$40.00 for first inspection, $35.00 per inspection thereafter.

Permit allows for a maximum of 10 inspections per trade without violations. Extra inspection fees applied beyond maximum limit.

Electrical Permit Fees

One and two family residential dwellings, including townhouses.

Electrical permit fees are based on size of service and are calculated as follows:
Up to and including:
200 amps$80.00
300 amps$85.00
400 amps$100.00
Over 400 amps$120.00
Underground inspections (slab,ditch, etc...)$35.00 per

Commercial Buildings

Electrical permit fees are based on size of service and are calculated as follows:
Up to and including:
200 amps$100.00
300 amps$130.00
400 amps$150.00
500 amps$160.00
Over 500 amps$200.00
Underground inspections (slab,ditch, etc...)$35.00 per

Permit allows for a maximum of 10 inspections without violations. Extra inspection fees applied beyond maximum limit.

Additions and Alterations

One and two family dwellings and townhouses.
(Not involving a service change.)
$35.00 Each trip
Commercial Buildings
(Not involving a service change.)
$35.00 Each trip
Temporary Power per Sec 108 N.C.E.C.$40.00
Temporary Saw Service$40.00
Residential Service Change$40.00
Commercial Service Change$80.00
Swimming Pools$110.00
Solar Installations$75.00
HVAC Chnage Out$40.00
Low Voltage, Signs$40.00
Independent Plan Review, Misc.$40.00

Insulation and Energy Uitilization Permit Fees

Residential$40.00
Commercial$100.00

Manufactured Homes Permit Fees

Single-wide$55.00
Double-wide$85.00
All units in excess of double-wide$20.00 per unit
Mobile construction offices$40.00
Commercial Units$50.00
Travel trailer and recreational vehicles$40.00

Mechanical Permit Fees

Residential

1st HVAC Unit$50.00
Additional Unit$35.00

Commercial

Heat Only$0.0004 per B.T.U.
Cooling Only$0.0008 per B.T.U.
Heating & Cooling$0.0004 per B.T.U. heating plus $0.0004 per B.T.U. cooling
Heat Pump$0.001 per B.T.U. ($40.00 min.)
Refrigeration Systems - Walk-in cooler or unit$40.00 first unit, $25.00 each additional

Boilers and Chillers

Up to and including 150,000 B.T.U.$40.00
In excess of 150,000 B.T.U.$40.00 plus $0.0002 per B.T.U. over 150,000. Maximum fee of $200.00
Commercial Hood$80.00
Fire Suppression System$40.00 for first system, $35.00 for each additional system
Gas logs$40.00 for first set, $30.00 for each additional set
Gas piping connections$40.00 plus $35.00 for each trip other than final inspection
Ductwork only inspection$40.00 plus $35.00 for each trip other than final inspection

Commercial permit allows for a maximum of 10 inspections without violations. Extra inspection fees applied beyond maximum limit.

Fuel tank installation permit fees

Up to 6,000 gallon capacity$40.00
Over 6,000 gallon capacity$50.00
Independent Plan Review$40.00

Modular Construction Permit Fees

Residential and Commercial$200 plus min. trade permits (P.M. & E)

Plumbing Permit Fees

Residential and Commercial

New Roughing-in$40.00 for first fixture, $4.00 for each additional
Building Sewer Connection$40.00
Water Service Connection$40.00
Independent Plan Review$40.00

Commercial permit allows for a maximum of 10 inspections without violations. Extra inspection fees applied beyond maximum limit.