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Frequently Asked Questions

QWhen is a Building Permit required?

The answer is ALMOST ALWAYS!

The North Carolina State Building Code states, "No person, firm or corporation shall erect, construct, enlarge, install, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building, structure, or service system without first obtaining a permit for such from the Inspections Department having jurisdiction."

In other words, a permit is required anytime work is done on a building or structure, or the systems serving the structure (including plumbing, mechanicall and electricall wiring) with a few exceptions.

Examples of everyday projects requiring permits include:

  • Converting a residence to a business.
  • Constructing a deck, screened porch, or sunroom.
  • Installing an irrigation system.
  • Installing a swimming pool.
  • Adding a ceiling fan.
  • Finishing an attic or basement.
  • Replacing a furnace or air conditioner.
  • Replacing water heaters.
  • Installing gas logs, attic fans, skylights

QWhen is a Building Permit not required?
AA permit is not required for:
  • Replacement of non-structural, cosmetic building elements, such as: floor and wall coverings; moldings and trim; cabinets and casework; roof coverings with same materials, etc.
  • Residential accessory buildings that are no more than 12 feet in any dimension.
  • Replacement of electrical fixtures and components when work done within the wall or ceiling cavity or behind the finished wall or ceiling surface.
  • Replacement of plumbing fixtures when the work goes beyond the trap seal.
  • Installation of low voltage exterior landscape lighting

QQ -Do I need a permit to install a fence on my property?
AA - Yes. The Town of Coats has a fence ordinance that limits the type of fence you can install

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