HomeNorth Carolina’s Building Permits

Check the permit history on the home before buying.

It's always the buyers' responsibility to ask or check for open building permits before purchasing the home.

If you are purchasing a home or commercial property in North Carolina, 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 by visiting or calling your local North Carolina County office and asking for the department that reviews and approves building permits. Give them your address and they should tell you.

You Can Take Advantage of These Useful Links to Access Some of North Carolina's Permit information.

If you’re looking at a property in Mecklenburg County you can go to Mecklenburg County NC Permits.
If you’re looking at a property in Cabarrus County or Concord go to Cabarrus County NC Permits.
If you’re looking at a property in Iredell County, including Mooresville and Statesville go to Iredell County Permits.
If you’re looking at a property in Monroe, Weddington, Indian trail, Waxhaw, or anywhere in Union county go to Union County Permits.
If you’re looking at a property in Gastonia, Belmont, or anywhere in Gaston County, go to Gaston County NC Permits.
If you’re looking at a property in Lincolnton, Denver, Iron Station go to Lincoln NC Permits.