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Express Plan Review Application Options:

Submit an Express Review Application

View full Express Review Requirements

Key Notes on the program:

Express Plan Review is an optional plan review service that enables projects that are within the program's scope to accelerate the normal plan review process. This service will speed up the review process time from weeks to a single review session and in most cases, permits can be issued within two business days. This service does not guarantee permits if the plans do not meet the necessary requirements of respective codes and ordinances.

Note: You may not submit a project through both the Express Review Program and the regular OnSchedule permitting system, or any other plan review stream (ie: CTAC, Rehab, Mega)

Express Review provides scheduling for plan review and approval for tenant upfits, interior alterations, change of use permits, and for certain categories of new construction. New Construction Express Review services include not only complete project plan review for two business day permitting, but also partial project plan review. Partial plan reviews include: staged construction (shell, footing and foundation), trade reviews only (B/E/M/P/F/Z), revisions to plans disapproved through the standard review process, and revisions to previously approved plans. Partial Express Plan Review may not result in two business days permitting. These services are provided as a response to the request of the construction/development community.

Express Review may also be used to perform the 2nd review cycle for certain multi-family projects. If a customer would like to have the 2nd cycle review done through an Express Review, please review the full guidelines.


General Provisions


Tuesday: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m, 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m.


The applicant will be contacted by the Express Review Coordinator once the application and documentation is reviewed and the proposed project is determined to be a candidate for Express Review. A verbal confirmation as well as confirmation through the Electronic Plan Management dashboard will be made identifying the date and time your project is scheduled for review. A non-refundable fee of $100.00 is to be paid if the appointment is cancelled or moved for any reason. The fee can be paid at any time prior to cancellation or rescheduling of the appointment, but must be paid no later than 2 business days after the appointment has been cancelled or moved. The appointment will not be rescheduled until the fee has been received.


Notice must be given 5 working days in advance of the appointment time.

Note: If cancelation notice is not given within the described guidelines above, the applicant is responsible for paying a cancelation fee. The fee shall be based on the number of hours scheduled for the appointment.

Note: If an appointment is booked within 2 working days of the appointment time, the same cancelation policy applies.


The Express Review Fee must be paid at conclusion of the Express Review appointment. The permit fee must be paid prior to the start of the Express Review appointment. Failure to remit funds to Code Enforcement for services rendered will result in a discontinuance of all future services of the Department until the fees are paid. Fees may be paid by check, bond, or credit card (Mastercard/Visa/Discover). A bond account may need to be set up with the Revenue Collection department prior to the Express Review appointment.

Checks are payable to: Mecklenburg County


$1200.00 per hour for interior work $1500.00 per hour for exterior work

Payment is due at the conclusion of the Express Review appointment.


Portia Coram, Express Review Coordinator​

Phone:  980-314-3135

Projects permitted on a case by case basis, based on preliminary review include:

Restaurants, Schools, Change of Use (requiring site plans), Conditional Zoning, Multi-Family

Projects not permitted at this time under Express Review:

High Rise, Communication Towers, Projects for DOI, Daycares, Large Assembly, Adult Establishments, Hazardous

Note: Contact the Express Review Coordinator for new construction that requires review/approval from other agencies (Planning, UMUD, MUDD, Transportation, Environmental Health, City Engineering, etc.) Approval from these agencies will need to be obtained prior to building permit issuance.

Note: Exceptions to the above project types may be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Core Process Manager of Commercial Permits if they believe the project fits the program well.


If projects are turned down, a re-review may be scheduled based on availability of appointment times. The hourly cost is the same as the original review. Projects may also be resubmitted for review under the regular system for revisions.

Plan Submittal:

NOTE: All plans (including Landscape) must be signed and sealed by the appropriate professional, licensed by the State of North Carolina.

EXCEPTION: Low Voltage fire alarm and sprinkler shop drawings are not required to be sealed. Supply to these systems must be signed and sealed.


Prior to the Scheduled Appointment:

  • No later than 2 business days prior to the Express Review appointment, upload the electronic drawings and all related information, properly packaged, including the building permit application.;

At the Scheduled Appointment:

  • Bring the number of sets of drawings as indicated on the Express Review confirmation located on the Electronic Plans Management dashboard. Plans must be signed and sealed by the appropriate professional. Minimum size of plans is 18" x 24". No half size sets.

    • Paper drawings are requested in addition to electronic drawings for the following reasons:
      • All plan review and permitting is done through electronic plan review.
      • Due to the logistical issues that arise with attempting to have electronic changes uploaded to EPM within the time constraints of an Express Review appointment, it is necessary to bring two paper copies of the drawings so necessary redlines may be placed on the drawings and approved as noted when appropriate. This allows an approved set of drawings to be permitted within the two day timeline as defined by these guidelines.

  • 2 Specification Manuals (if applicable)
  • Each seal holder represented on the plans must be present. The individual project designers whose professional seals are on the project (engineer, architect, landscape architect, sprinkler designer, etc.) shall be in attendance. This requirement is to meet the legal requirements for the minor “red-lining” of plans when necessary. NOTE: If a seal holder is unable to attend, another seal holder in the same firm may fill in, but they must bring their own seal to seal any changes made to the plans. Owners are encouraged to attend but are not required to be present.
  • If a project is located in a jurisdiction which oversees zoning, zoning sign off from that jurisdiction must be obtained on the Building Permit Application. (ie: Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson)
  • If the project is in Huntersville, the customer must have a Letter of Submission from the Town of Huntersville Planning Department.



Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
NC 28208


Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.


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