If you are purchasing a home or commercial property in North Carolina area you should carefully check if any additions or improvements to the property were made after the original construction. The buyer usually has no reason to suspect that an outstanding permit exists on a home they intend to purchase. After all, repair or remodel work may not be obvious during a visual home inspection of the property and standard purchase contracts often do not include a contingency clause for verification of open permits. You can do this yourself visit or call your local North Carolina County office and ask for the department that reviews and approves building permits. Give them your address and they should tell you.