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Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:


2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte,
NC 28208

MAP

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

Contact

Customer Service
980-314-CODE(2633)

​​​​Permitting

One of the primary responsibilities of Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement is to issue building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits.

​Appropriate permits for commercial and residential work are required for any new construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal or demolition of any building. Permits are also required for the installation, extension, alteration or general repair of electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems. Permits are required to be grouped by the particular project and paid for by the general contractor or the homeowner acting as their own general contractor. Separate permits are required for building, electrical, heating, air conditioning and plumbing work.

Please familiarize yourself with our Mechanic's Lien Law Policy.

Permits may not be required for any projects on one- and two-family dwellings and townhomes with work costing $15,000 or less, unless the work involves:

  • The addition, repair, or replacement of load bearing structures
  • The addition or change in the design of a plumbing system
  • The addition, replacement or change in the design of a heating or air conditioning system
  • The addition, replacement or change in the design of a​n electrical system
  • The use of materials not permitted by the code
  • The addition of roofing, excluding replacement of like grade fire resistance material

How Permitting Works

The Mecklenburg County Construction and Permit Fee Ordinance requires that all persons, firms or corporations doing work within Mecklenburg County to post a surety or cash bond with Mecklenburg County Land Use & Environmental Services. The minimum amount of the bond to be posted will be $1,000.00 for the towns (Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, & Pineville) and $2,000.00 for work in the city of Charlotte or $2,000.00 for the entire County. Bond Exception: A bond is not required in the connection with a permit issued to the owner-occupant of a single-family dwelling for repair, alterations, or extensions of that building or its accessory building; or for construction or erection of its accessory building when such work does not exceed $30,000.00. To apply for a surety bond use one of the following forms: Instruction for Completing Bond Form, Land Use & Construction Surety Bond Form, Land Use & Construction Cash Bond Form. Surety bonds are issued by Mecklenburg County Revenue Collection Services. The Revenue Collection Services web page contains more details pertaining bond issuance.

Permit Expiration: Permits expire six months (180 days) after the issue date if no work has commenced. Permits also expire when work has started but is discontinued for 12 months (365 days) after the last inspection date. Work progress is documented with the completion of an inspection associated with the project.

Contractor License Requirement: a NC State General Contractor license is required for any contracted work of $30,000.00 or more per project. The only exception to this rule is if you own the property and occupy it as your primary residence for a period of 12 months following the completion of the project. Any work performed in the electrical, mechanical or plumbing trades must be done by a contractor licensed in North Carolina within that trade. the only exception is if you are performing work on your own property and occupy it as your primary residence.

Our permitting process is highly automated. 
Many of our permitting services are available online.

  • Our list of Frequently Called Numbers will guide you to phone numbers of those involved in the permitting process.
  • Also see our PDFPlans Submittal Requirements for additional information regarding the land development and construction processes.
  • Many permits require ​plan review​ from our staff -- please familiarize yourself with that process as well.
  • We offer technical assistance to customers who need guidance during the permitting and plan review process.
  • Customers working on residential projects may call the Residential Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) at 980-314-CODE(2633).
  • Customers working on commercial projects may call the Commercial Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) at 980-314-CODE(2633)​.

How do I determine what costs to include on my building permit?

Here are some typical examples of costs to be included on Building Permit Applications:

  • Design and costs associated with construction plans and specifications
  • All building construction costs, including soil exploration, excavation, backfill, compaction, shoring deep foundations and shallow foundations
  • Fixed or built-in equipment, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing (including kitchen equipment, elevators or lift equipment)
  • Special inspections and structural tests
  • Interior and exterior finishes
  • Fire protections systems
  • Graphics/signage
  • Costs in place: including material, labor and equipment
  • Overhead, profit and taxes


Here are some typical examples of costs which are not included on Building Permit Applications:

  • Non fixed equipment such as furniture, furnishings (window treatments) and portable equipment
  • Site improvements

 

What is the cost of a permit?

Review the fee schedule to determine the cost of a permit.​

 

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Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:


2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte,
NC 28208

MAP

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

Contact

Customer Service
980-314-CODE(2633)