In buildings exceeding 2,500 square feet and $90,000 in value, sealed drawings are required if structural work is done, if load is added to the building structure, or if changes to egress are made.
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All trade work (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and gas) must be installed and approved before scheduling a framing inspection. However, all inspections can be scheduled on the same day.
Please see Can a Tenant Remodel a Commercial Space (PDF) for a complete explanation.
Please see Permits Required for more information.
Permits are always require for improvements to commercial buildings unless the scope of work meets the following exclusions - See North Carolina General Statute 143-138 b(16) for exclusions for lighting fixtures and electrical devices. Water heaters are addressed in North Carolina General Statute 143-138 Section (b10).