Who needs a permit to build?
North Carolina General Statutes require issuance of a building permit prior to construction, alteration, or repair of any building or building system.
Farm buildings (except dwelling units).
Projects costing five thousand dollars ($5,000) or less unless the work involves:
- Load bearing structures
- Plumbing System
- Heating or Air Conditioning System
- Electrical System
- Roofing, excluding replacement of like material
An approved Land Development Form from the Planning Department (828-631-2261), and any Zoning Certificates if applicable.
A septic system permit from the Jackson County Health Department (828-586-8994); or an application for connection to the Jackson County sewer system from the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority; or a letter of application from a privately operated sewer system authority.
Drawings to scale and specifications with sufficient clarity to show the work to be performed will accompany the application for a building permit.
Commercial building plans shall, in addition to the above, include a completed copy of Appendix “B” to the North Carolina State Building Code, Vol IA.
Plans for all buildings except the following shall be prepared by a North Carolina registered professional engineer or architect:
Institutional or commercial building not exceeding $90,000 value
Institutional or commercial building not exceeding 2500 square feet
Owner prepared plans for a building to be occupied/used by the owner
Once permit applications are submitted they will be reviewed promptly on a first come first service basis.
D I S C L A I M E R
This information is intended as a guide only in obtaining a building permit in Jackson County. Codes are subject to change; therefore, the Building Inspections Department should be contacted for current permit details.