Central Permits & Building Inspections

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For all projects:  All permitted projects must maintain a Permit Box that is weather resistant and sufficient to protect required documents* within.  Exceptions:  documents may be posted inside a job trailer or inside an occupied home.  This box must be conspicuously posted on the job site and accessible to inspector.

The Site Record Card with the Plans & Specifications must be available to the Inspector at all times and must be kept in the permit box, job trailer or existing home.  Failure to have required documents available for the Inspector will result in the inspection being rejected and subject to an extra trip fee.

Residential Projects:

Chatham County Inspections will perform single trade inspections for new single family homes that are located in the townships of Williams, New Hope, Center, Baldwin and East of Hwy 87 in Hadley.  Prior to the building final inspection, all trades must be approved or building final will be rejected.  Prior to framing inspection, all trade rough-in inspections must be approved or the framing inspection will be rejected.  In general, the plumbing and mechanical rough-ins or finals should be done before electrical rough-in or final; and must be done prior to building framing or final inspections. 

Commercial Projects: 

All commercial building finals will be scheduled on an appointment basis and must be scheduled at least 3 days in advance of date desired.  This inspection will include Building and Fire Inspectors and may include Zoning and others as needed.  Please contact Customer Service via phone or email to set up these inspections.  You will be notified of what time it is set for and to avoid any fees must be cancelled by at least the day prior to scheduled inspection.

All multi-tenant buildings shall provide a suite/tenant addressing plan to number all spaces.  This must be done on the floor plan and for each floor of the building.  This plan is to be approved by EM prior to shell or full building permit being issued.  It will be required that the first numeral indicate the floor level, the first floor is determined by which level has access at grade to outside.  If more than one level has at grade access it will be determined by EM.

A Shell Scope form is to be submitted with any shell building permit.  It is not required for footing/foundation permits or a full building permit with a single tenant.  Any multi-tenant building must be permitted as a shell and be finalled prior to issuance of tenant upfit permits.    Click Here for Shell Scope Form



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The mission of Central Permitting is to:

  • Issue building permits and manage building inspections in an efficient, courteous manner in accordance with state and local laws and regulations.

  • Maintain an updated database of inspections and related information to support the work of related departments and to provide effective customer service.

The mission of the Inspections Office is to:

  • Enforce the Federal and State laws, North Carolina State Building Codes, local ordinances and regulations relating to the construction of buildings and administration of the fire code. 

  • Respond to the needs of developers and builders while balancing the safety of our citizens, all of which influences development cost, profitability, and the quality of construction in Chatham County.

NOTE: The Fire Marshal’s Office is also part of Central Permitting. For more information on that office, click here.

»»We do not accept any money transactions after 4:00 p.m. daily. There is an additional 3% fee added on to any credit card transaction.««


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Click here to find out more about a new consolidated pre-application form to guide applicants through the existing process of contacts and approvals required for hosting special events in Chatham County. There are no changes in types of events requiring permits or any other regulations.






  • Issue residential and commercial building permits

  • Inspect residential and commercial construction, additions and renovations

  • Review plans for construction work

  • Schedule required inspections

  • Release utilities, such as gas and electricity

  • Issue Certificates of Occupancy




Building Permit Expiration and Refund Policy - Effective April 6, 2009

OFFICE LOCATION: 80 East Street, Pittsboro (behind the BP station and Hardee’s).

OFFICE HOURS: 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday, except holidays

PHONE: (919) 542-8230

MAILING ADDRESS: P. O. Box 548, Pittsboro, NC 27312

DIRECTOR: David Camp

EMAIL: david.camp@chathamnc.org

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