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The Planning Department handles all building permits for the town. The Town contracts with Wake County for all plan review and inspections. Rolesville staff however handles the permitting forms and starting process for those inspections. Click here to view an informational brochure on the permitting process.

Below are some frequently asked questions about permitting. If your question is not answered, please feel free to contact the Planning Department.

When is a Building Permit required?

If the structure costs more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), AND/OR the structure is larger than one-hundred and forty four (144) square feet, AND/OR the structure is self-supporting (i.e. deck), AND/OR any one side of the structure is longer than twelve (12) feet in length then a building permit is required. If one has further questions about construction in accordance to the North Carolina State Building Code, please call Wake County Building and Inspections at (919) 856-6222 or visit their internet website at the top of the page.

When is an Electrical Permit required?

If one is installing, altering, repairing, replacing, or relocating any electrical material then a electrical permit is required. If one has additional questions about electrical construction in accordance to the North Carolina State Building Code, please call Wake County Building and Inspections at (919) 856-6222 or visit their internet website at the top of the page.

When is a Plumbing, Heating, Air-Conditioning, or Sprinkler Permit required?

If one is installing, altering, repairing, replacing, or relocating any plumbing, heating, air-conditioning material, appliances or equipment then a permit is required. Plumbing permits will not be required for minor repairs or replacements on the house side of a trap to an installed system of plumbing provided such repairs or replacements do not disrupt the original water supply or the waste or ventilation system. If a fixture is replaced, a permit shall be secured and the new fixture shall be inspected. Heating and air-conditioning permits shall not be required for minor burner services, or filter replacements of warm-air furnaces or cooling systems. If one has further questions concerning plumbing, heating, a/c, or sprinkler system construction in accordance to the North Carolina State Building Code, please call Wake County Building and Inspections at (919) 856-6222 or visit their internet website at the top of the page.

What is required for application submittal?

Several things are needed when a building permit application is submitted to the Town of Rolesville. The three main objects are listed below.

1. Building Permit Application: There are two parts. The first part is the listing and information of one’s sub-contractors and the second part is a workman’s compensation form. Both of these forms can be downloaded from the Planning Department’s Ordinance & Forms webpage.

2. The Building Plans: (2 copies for single family dwelling or other structure not commercial and 3 copies for a commercial structure) Any specification on the building plans must meet the North Carolina State Building Code.

3. Site Plan: (3 copies for single family dwelling or other structure not commercial and 3 copies for a commercial structure) The site plan, which does not have to be professionally drawn, must include the below items:

– The Scale
– The North Arrow
– The Property Lines (A sketch of the length, direction, and location of all property lines must be noted)
– The Easements (show type, length, and width)
– The Flood Plain
– The Existing Structure
– The Proposed Structure
– The Driveway