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 and 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 checks, viewing of inspector scheduling and an online mechanical/plumbing/electrical permit application.
We administer and enforce all State building codes, the flood damage prevention ordinance and sign ordinance.
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.
Contact Information for Inspections
98 E. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Phone: 884-3209 Fax: 884-3275
Permit number required
Letterhead with signature and permit number required
Code Enforcement Officials:
Office hours: 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Field hours: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
On April 1, 2013 Session Law 2012-158 takes effect requiring Lien Agents to be identified with a permit. Contractors must designate lien agents for all projects where the total cost of improvement is $30,000 or more (excluding improvements to an existing single-family residence that is occupied by the owner). The lien agent must be a title insurance company or title company agency selected from a list of registered lien agents maintained by the Department of Insurance. A copy shall be submitted to the Building Permitting Department at time of application. For more information visit: http://liensnc.com/ .
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 2011 National Electrical Code. Code may be viewed online at www.ncbuildingcodes.com .
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Floodplain Development and Management
Click here to view important floodplain development and management information for Transylvania County.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When is it necessary to obtain a building permit?
A: A permit is required anytime work is being done involving the structure, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and signs. North Carolina State Building Code states: “No person, firm, or corporations 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 Building Department having jurisdiction.” A permit is also required whenever there is a commercial change of occupancy irregardless of whether alterations are planned or not.
Q: Are plans required?
A: Yes; For commercial provide two sets; three sets if Health Department review is required; and one additional set if a sprinkler system is required. One set of sealed plans is required for timber frame, log, alternative construction methods, and architectural and engineered designed construction. One set of plans with the mark of an approved agency is required for modular construction.
Q: What is needed to obtain a building permit?
A: For residential permits -- see residential form catalog, residential building permitting requirements. For commercial permits -- see commercial form catalog, commercial building permitting requirements.
Q: How long does it take to get my permit?
A: Review for a commercial permit can take as little as a few days to several weeks, depending on the size of the project. Review for a residential permit usually takes around three days. Manufactured home and mechanical plumbing, electrical permits are usually issued immediately or within 24 hours.
Q: As a homeowner can I be my own Contractor?
A: Yes, as owner of the property you may act as the general contractor, but with careful consideration of the laws governing you in such capacity. Failure to comply with the requirements shall result in revocation of the permit and possible fines. The owner does not have to be licensed by the state, but will need to sign an owner/builder statement. By doing so you will be as responsible and knowledgeable of the codes as would a general contractor. As an owner builder you may also do your own electrical, mechanical, and plumbing. You must first pass the test for each trade, given in our office at 1:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Q: How long is my permit valid and what is the cost to renew?
A: Your first inspection must be within 6 months from the date the permit is issued. In addition, the permit will expire if the time between the last inspection exceeds 12 months. If your permit expires, the renewal cost is half the cost of the permit fee.
Q: What is the County code requirements for?:
A: Wind Zone: 90 mph, Roof Load: 20 psf, Insulation: Zone 4, Frost Line: 12 inches
Q: What building codes are used? Are there any local ordinances? How do I obtain a copy of the codes?
A: We currently are using the 2012 North Carolina Building Codes and the 2011 NEC. The local ordinances apply to floodplain and sign permits. You may obtain a copy of the codes through the International Codes Council online at www.iccsafe.org.
Q: Is there any zoning?
A: Zoning is limited within the County, but more restrictive in the city limits and its extra territorial jurisdiction. There may also be sub-division restrictions.
Q: What is the height for a guard rail on a deck? What is the maximum space between pickets?
A: The height railing for a deck is 42” for commercial and 36” for residential. The maximum space between pickets shall be 4.
Q: How do I request an inspection?
A: Inspections requests may be made by telephone, via website or by fax, by 4:00 PM the day prior. You are required to have the permit number and job name with the request.
Q: How do I file a complaint?
A: We have a complaint form in our office to be completed.
Q: When do I get my Certificate of Occupancy?
A: The certificate of occupancy is issued for new structures only. The certificate of occupancy is issued after all required inspections have been approved, any additional fees are paid, and all required documentation is provided.
Q: How do I obtain a site address?
A: Call the Communications Department at 884-3108 for your site address. Your driveway must be cut in at street.
Q: What doesn't have to be completed for a residential certificate of occupancy to be issued?
A: Floor coverings, interior paint, interior doors (excluding garage and doors separating unheated spaces), gutters.
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