WHAT STEPS ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT?

The typical permitting process requires input from several County departments before a building permit can be issued. While not all applications follow the same path, generally the following steps can be expected.

For New Residential Permits

The Alamance County Planning Department (570-4052), located in the same building as the Central Permitting Office, will identify the property to be improved and enter your parcel into our database. (If you are located within a municipality, go to your town’s Planning Department first.)

If the property is not served by municipal utilities, the Environmental Health Department can determine if there is a suitable site for a well and septic system. You will need to submit a soil evaluation application to the Environmental Health Department and make arrangements for site visit. Once the soil evaluation is completed and approved, depending on your development situation, you will be instructed by the EHD to contact the County’s GIS Mapping Specialist, Katie Harper (570-4085) where you will be assigned an address for your parcel. Once an address is established, EHD will issue you an Authorization to Construct permit, allowing installation of a well and septic system.

Once all approvals are obtained from the departments listed above, submit a completed building permit application along with application, review fee, and plans to the Central Permitting Office.  Click here for a copy of our residential plan requirements.

Note: All contractor information is required to be on the application when submitted. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The plan review fee is credited towards the cost of the permit.

For New Commercial Permits

Visit the Alamance County Planning Department (570-4052), located in the same building as the Central Permitting Office, where they will identify and enter your parcel into our database. (If you are located within a municipality, go to your town’s Planning Department first.)

Contact the County’s GIS Mapping Specialist, Katie Harper (same location, 570-4085) where you will be assigned an address for your parcel.

If the building site is located in an area that is not served by a public utility, approval from the Environmental Health Department (336-570-6367) will be required. This may be in the form of an existing systems check or new soil evaluation. If the permit involves a restaurant, pool, or daycare, one set of plans will need to be submitted to Environmental Health for review. Before submitting applications and paying fees, it is recommended that applicants contact Betsy Meeks (ext. 325) about restaurants and Kenneth Greene (ext.318) about pools.

Apply for the Environmental Health Permits that are needed.

Submit a completed building permit application, plan review fee, and three sets of completed sealed plans for review.  Plans must include a completed Appendix “B” (code summary) and a life safety plan. Once the plan review is complete and the application approved, the Central Permitting Office will contact you to pick up your permit and pay all associated fees.

For Additions and Alterations

Residential and commercial additions need to have the approval of the Environmental Health Department (336-570-6367) prior to obtaining your building permit, unless your addition is served by municipal utilities. Restaurant, Day Care, and Health Care Facility alterations will also need approval from the Health Department. Before submitting applications and paying fees for restaurant alterations, it is recommended that applicants contact Betsy Meeks (ext. 325).

Submit a completed building permit application and plans for review (see previous section for requirements).  Once the plan review is complete and the application approved, the Central Permitting Office will contact you to pick up your permit and pay all associated fees.  Plan review not required for proposed structures under 500 sq. ft. for residential only.

For Trade Permits

Submit a completed permit application to the Central Permitting Office.  Commercial applications may require plans for review.  Pay all associated fees.