City-County Inspections Department

The City-County Inspections Department administers and enforces the North Carolina State Building Code and the zoning ordinances for both the City and County of Durham. The Department ensures the health, safety and welfare of the public and strives to support the City’s Strategic Plan goals of a Strong & Diverse Economy, Safe & Secure Community, Thriving, Livable Neighborhoods, and Innovative & High Performing Organization, as well as the County’s Strategic Plan goals of Environmental Stewardship and Community Prosperity and Safe Community.


City-County Inspections Responsibilities

  • Conducting inspections of building projects in progress
  • Issuing Certificates of Compliance
  • Providing information on requirements for manufactured homes, family care homes, day care facilities, floodplain management and impact fees
  • Reviewing applications for Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire and Sign Permits
  • Reviewing permits for construction activity
  • Reviewing plans

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Land Development Office (LDO)

The LDO system allows contractors to schedule inspections, review results of inspections, check on status of permits, check on the plans review status of building permits and Certificates of Compliance and apply for mechanical, plumbing, and electrical permits online:

Informal Internal Review

Per G.S. 160A-412 and G.S. 153A-352, each inspection department shall implement a process by December 1, 2017 for an Informal Internal Review of inspection decisions made by the Department’s inspectors.  The Internal Review Form for requesting an Informal Internal Review is available in our office or by clicking on the link below.  For more information on the internal review process, please call our main number at 919-560-4144.