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Trade Permits

Trade Permits are available to anyone who must obtain a plumbing, electrical or mechanical permit. Trade permits provide for the permitting and inspection of projects with single and multiple trades if a building permit is not required. It may be issued for Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical or Refrigeration work, for any combination of the four trades or for all four trades. Examples are: heat pump replacement or electric water heater replacement, both of which require heating and electrical work, and the installation of backup generators that operate on natural gas. Each project must have all required trades listed prior to issuance.


If you wish to apply for a Trade Permit please visit the Wake County Permit Portal. You will be required to first set up an account using an email address and password. You will be sent a confirmation email from the Permit Portal with a link to verify your email address. When this step is completed you are now ready to apply for your trade permit.


Trade Permit Fees

View the current Fee Schedule

Read more information on gas conversions.


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