Building Inspections & Permitting
The new Code edition is here!
The new edition of the NC Building Code (all editions except Electrical) go into mandatory enforcement on January 1, 2019. At that time, all plans submitted must reference the new Code edition (2018) and be appropriately stamped by the design professional. We also cannot allow any quick permits off of plans referencing the old Code edition after that date.
We are currently in a transition period with the new Code, and you may certainly begin turning in plans referencing it before January 1st.
New! Online Inspections Requests Now Available
Requests must now be submitted online for next-day inspections on single-family dwellings. Remember, only requests received prior to the 2:00 pm cut-off time will be scheduled for next day. ** Cancellations are still done by phone. **
Please note: Creating an account will enable forms to be prefilled with your name.
ePermits for the Contractor Access portal. You can create and pay for your single-trade permits. A permits specialist will issue your permit and attach the PDF to your permit. Call (919) 249-3418 with any questions.
Please note: COMMERCIAL permit applications have to be reviewed by our Planning Dept. prior to permit issuance. You may fax your applications to the Permits Dept. at (919) 249-3407 and we will forward the application to the Planning Dept. and contact you when the application has been approved.
You can pay for permits, check permit information and inspection results via the ePermits Contractor Access Portal. Registration is required in order to get inspection and/or permit results. If you have not accessed the website before, please view the ePermits instructions.
Check out our Publications Page to view our latest information for contractors and homeowners:
- Engineer Inspection Report Procedures, v. 1.5, eff. 2/20/2018
- Most Commonly Failed Inspection Items
- Guide to Planning and Constructing an Attached or Self-Supported Deck
- How to Finish an Attic or Basement
- Learn How to Create a Plot Plan Utilizing Wake County's iMAPS Feature
Effective September 5, 2016, the Town of Apex will no longer perform the following inspections:
Notice of Inspection Changes
Concealed Insulation Inspections
The air barrier required in concealed areas will be inspected during rough-in inspection. Any code deficiencies found related to the insulation/air barriers will be corrected and may required the removal of tubs, showers, etc.
Brick or Stone Veneer Inspections
All lintels that are required to be bolted to the framing for support shall not be covered by any exterior wall covering before approval. The bolted lintels will be inspected during the rough-in inspection.
For Concealed Insulation and Brick or Stone Veneer Inspections the effective date for the above are for framing inspections on or after September 5th NOT the date the permit was issued.
Conditional Power and Mechanical Inspections
These inspections will only be performed upon request by the contractor. If you want to schedule these inspections the Conditional Utility Request form must be completed and on file at the Permits desk.
These inspections will not be scheduled unless the applicable inspections listed above the conditional inspections on the permit card have been approved.
The Conditional Power and Mechanical Inspections will be based on the date the permit is issued. Conditional Power and Mechanical inspections are optional for permits issued on or after September 5, 2016.
Lien Agent Note
Effective April 1, 2013, North Carolina General Assembly Session Law 2012-158 (PDF) requires all permit applicants to include information of the property owner’s designated Lien Agent obtained from liensnc.com with the building permit application.
- Enforce North Carolina State Building Codes as required by General Statute and adopted by the Building Code Council
- Perform field inspections
- Provide answers to questions pertaining to state and local codes and ordinances related to the building construction industry
- Review and approval of structural building plans
We are committed to providing the best service possible by way of prompt and courteous responses to the needs of those requiring the services of our inspection division. Our commitment extends to continually expanding our technical knowledge and to the modification of our procedures to best serve the building community and the citizens of the Town of Apex.