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, Ricky Hall (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 a least one set of plans to the Central Permitting Office.

Note: All contractor information is required to be on the application when submitted. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All fees associated with the permit application are due at the time the permit is issued.

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, Ricky Hall (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 including; Appendix B from the Building Code, minimum facilities calculations per Table 403.1 of the North Carolina Plumbing Code, and three sets of completed sealed plans for review. 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 including; Appendix B from the Building Code, minimum facilities calculations per Table 403.1 of the North Carolina Plumbing Code if applicable, and three sets of complete plans for review.

Once the plan review has been completed and the application approved, the Central Permitting Office will contact you to pick up your permit and pay all associated fees.

For Trade Permits:

Submit a completed permit application to the Central Permitting Office.
(Commercial applications require plans for review)

Pay all associated fees.