Permit System 


What's New

The NFPA 70:  National Electric Code (NEC), 2017 is enforceable April 1, 2018.  It is now available at:

Significant changes may be viewed at:


Limited time only, Free 2012 NC Code Downloads Available:

The Building Code Council and the NC Department of Insurance have negotiated for and achieved funding from the NC General Assembly for the offering of free downloads of the 2012, 2014 and 2015 NC Building Codes. These codes are fully downloadable and printable for a limited time courtesy of the Department of Insurance. The link to the codes is:

The version has the following benefits: 

Fully downloadable, searchable, printable

Contains all of the Building Code Council approved amendments from 2012 – 2017 inserted directly into document

Capable of using electronic sticky notes and highlights when downloaded

We encourage you to take advantage of this downloadable version, and provide feedback to your Building Code Council Members, NC DOI Engineering staff, and your local code enforcement office. This should be considered a test drive, and if the results are favorable, it may be strongly considered, depending on a funding mechanism, to provide this same service for the 2018 NC Building Code.


The Building Permitting and Enforcement website offers a wide array of services.  This site is intended to create a new level of customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  General information from our downloadable forms to our frequently asked questions is available.  Guests may utilize the Permit and Inspection System to view permit information.  Contractors may utilize the system for online inspection requests, inspection status, inspector scheduling and the online mechanical/plumbing/electrical permit application.

Our Mission Statement

Our goal is to ensure the quality of life of those who live, work and visit Transylvania County by promoting safety in the regulation of the construction, use and occupancy of buildings and by taking a customer oriented approach to finding educated, cost effective solutions.

Transylvania County’s Building Code is mandated by the State of North Carolina and administered through the Engineering Division of the NC Department of Insurance.  It is the same code that is used throughout the state. In NC, as in every area of the world, codes continually evolve in response to changes in materials, technologies and methods of construction. Principally, tragic and disastrous events influence changes to building codes. Such events that have influenced building code requirements in NC include hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fire. The County currently enforces the 2012 North Carolina Building Codes and the 2014 National Electrical Code. Codes may be viewed online at .

Annual Report

Click here to download our 2017 Annual Report (Please be patient, will take a few minutes to load).

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Your input is very important and valuable to our department. To help us better serve you, we would appreciate your comments regarding our performance. Please take a moment to fill out this survey and let us know how we are doing.
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