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

Land Development Office (LDO)

The LDO system allows contractors to schedule inspections, review results of inspections, check on the 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. 
Click here to access the LDO system.
Upload Building and City Fire Permit Application packages, click here Dplans.
Click here to access the Phone App for LDO.

This link is for Building Inspectors only.  For Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical, please us the LDO system.

Latest News & Information

Enhanced Plan Review

Commercial and Residential

The Inspections Department is excited to announce the Enhanced Plan Review is now available for any permits meeting the Enhanced Review criteria.  Please download the Enhanced Plan Review document for instructions and plan review criteria.
Click here to download the Enhanced Plan Review document

Please direct all inquiries about our Enhanced Plan Review process to the Durham City-County Inspections Department Enhanced Review Scheduling Coordinator Scott McCorkle.
  • Call  984-227-0782
  • Email Scott
  • Speak to Scott in person (during normal business hours of 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.)

Solar Photovoltaic Systems

As of October 1, 2019, all Solar Photovoltaic Systems - both Commercial and Residential - will require a building permit.

All building Permit Applications for Solar Photovoltaic Systems must be submitted through the Dplans portal on the Durham City-County Inspections website.

All Electrical plans and one-line diagrams must be submitted through the Dplans portal along with the corresponding Building Permit Application.

Download the Department of Insurance's Residential Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Inspection Procedure form here.

Changes are Coming

On April 1, 2019, the Durham City-County Inspections Department discontinued our charge account system and implemented a "pay as you go" system, in which all Inspections Department fees are paid through an online portal.  In an effort to make this transition as smooth as possible, we have allowed past due balances from our old charge account system to have no impact on permitting or inspections since April 1, 2019.

Moving forward, customers with past-due balances on their old charge account will be given until July 1, 2019 to pay their past-due balances.  After this date, customers with unpaid past-due balances will not be allowed to either apply for permits or schedule inspections on existing permits until the past-due balances are paid in full.

You may contact the Durham Finance Department to inquire about possible amounts due on your old charge account.  You will need either an old bill or your account number(s) when you contact the Finance Department.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we phase out the charge account and billing system.

The Durham City-County Inspections Department is changing the way you will pay for your permits.

In the past, we have utilized the monthly general billing service through the Finance Department within the City of Durham.  Starting April 1, 2019, all permits and any inspection related fees will be paid online using a credit card, debit card, or by electronic check.  The fee for credit cards and debit cards will be 3.3% of the total fee.  Electronic checks will be assessed a .50 cent processing fee no matter the amount.  These fees are handled by a third party payment service.  All contractors will be required to have an active email address on file.

On July 1, 2018, the Inspections Department required a plan review fee for all building plan reviews.  This was postponed in August 2018 for multiple reasons.  On April 1, 2019 the building plan review fee will be re-instated.  All review fees will need to be paid before the application will be placed in the queue for review.

Upon completion of all plan reviews and the permit application is ready for issuance, an email will be send for payment for the remaining balance of the permit fee (permit fee minus the application fee).  Once paid, the permit application will get issued automatically and an email from one of our Permit Technicians will be sent when the permit is ready for pick up in our office.  Please remember to bring a flash drive when picking up your permit.

New procedures and services added on July 1, 2018:

  • All building plan reviews will require a plan review fee at the time of building plan application submittal.  The amount of the plan review fee will be subtracted from the cost of the building permit fee at the time of permit issuance.  If the building permit application exceeds six months with no activity, the building permit application will be voided, and the plan review fee will not be refunded.
  • All building plan reviews will be submitted digitally through the Dplans site. We will no longer accept paper plans. (Commercial and Residential)
  • Click on the Dplans link for instructions for all plan submittals.
  • New Fire Permits are required.  Please refer to the Building Fee Schedule for more detail.
  • After Hour Inspections are available for a fee.  Please refer to the specific trade fee schedule or call the Chief or Supervisor for more detail.

Download this free guide concerning lead when remodeling.

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.  Once the form is filled out, please submit it to the Chief or Field Supervisor of that trade.  For more information on the internal review process, please call our main number at 919-560-4144.