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Wake County Inspections & Permits 


Service may be delayed or paused as Wake County redirects resources in response to COVID-19.
View a list of COVID-19-related closures and changes to service.

Social Distancing Requirements for On-Site Inspections

To protect customers, staff, and the community from the spread of COVID-19, Wake County Permitting and Inspections is implementing increased social distancing requirements for on-site inspections.

Effective immediately, before an inspection can begin and at the discretion of the inspector, the area of inspection must be clear of all contractors, subcontractors, property owners, or any other workers/employees/laborers associated with the project. This includes the entrance to and exit from the area of inspection. (Example: if stairs are needed to access the area of inspection, the stairs should be cleared.)


Failure to clear the area of inspection may result in the denial of inspection services and you will have to reschedule. Thank you for your patience.


Wake County Inspections & Permits provides building inspections and permitting services for all unincorporated areas of Wake County and, through contractual agreements, provides building inspection services for the towns of Knightdale, Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon.  

Wake County Inspections & Permits provides citizens, businesses and visitors 24-hour online access to permitting services and information through our Wake County Permit Portal. To access all the online services Wake County Inspections & Permits provides, you will need to register an account with the Wake County Permit Portal.

Once Registered, Applicants Can:      

  • View permit information and records             
  • Apply for building and trade permits 
  • View permit application status and reviews
  • Schedule, cancel and view inspection results 
  • Pay invoices and re-inspection fees 
  • Submit, view, print permits, plans & documents​​ 

Link: Video Tutorials for the Permit Portal

Link: PDF Tutorials for the Permit Portal  

Link: FAQs - Permit Portal 

Special Note: Fuquay-Varina ETJ

On Oct. 21, 2019, the Wake County Board of Commissioners granted the Town of Fuquay-Varina’s request to extend its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. The areas granted are depicted on this map. These areas will remain in Wake County’s jurisdiction until such time the town applies its zoning, which is expected to occur in the next few months. Should you have any questions, please contact our office at 919.856.6522.

Contact Wake County
Inspections & Permits 
Phone:  919-856-6222 
Office Hours
8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Second Monday of each month
Field Staff Hours
7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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