Manufactured Homes

All new and replacement manufactured homes require a building permit. The permit for a manufactured home will include all inspections required to set up the home, proper utility connections (electrical, plumbing, gas) and the installation of the stoops and steps less than 36 square feet. Acquiring a permit for a new or replacement     manufactured home requires submittal of a completed application for a manufactured home permit using the 

Wake County Permit Portal and a site plan containing the items listed below under Site Plan Requirements.


Exterior wood floor systems (decks) 36 square feet or less will be included in this permit. Any deck exceeding 36 square feet will require a separate building permit and plans meeting the current edition of North Carolina Residential Building Code.

A lot requiring a new private wastewater system (septic) and/or well will require an Environmental Services permit for the systems. Manufactured home replacements will require an onsite review of the wastewater system (septic) size and functionality. This process will begin with the Fees for onsite wastewater or well verification are paid at the time of application. The permit will be issued when all requirements are met and the permit fees are paid.

To permit a new manufactured home or to replace an existing manufactured home you will need to submit:

  • A completed application using 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 building permit. 

Reminder:  A Certificate of Occupancy is required before occupancy of any new or relocated manufactured home.
Note: Section 1.2.4 of the North Carolina Regulations for Manufactured Homes states that the licensed set-up contractor who is installing a particular home shall be the party that obtains the required permits from the local jurisdiction, and the name under which the dealer or set-up contractor is licensed and the license number shall appear on the permit.
EXCEPTION: The homeowner may obtain the permit on the behalf of the installer so long as the name under which the dealer or set-up contractor is licensed and the license number appears on the permit.
Summary of items required at the inspection:
This is meant to be a guide and is not a complete list of code requirements. Requests for inspections are made after all work has been completed, and the home is open and ready for inspection. The permit card and address must be posted.
Footings and pier spacing and anchorage shall meet the current North Carolina Regulations for Manufactured Homes and the Manufacturer’s Installation Instructions. Steps shall meet the North Carolina Regulations for Manufactured Homes. Electrical, plumbing and mechanical work shall meet the requirement of the National Electrical Code, North Carolina Plumbing and North Carolina Mechanical Codes, respectively, along with the North Carolina Regulations for Manufactured Homes. Connection of plumbing systems to existing systems located under the footprint of the home may be performed by the setup contractor. Connections of plumbing systems outside the footprint require a licensed plumbing contractor.
  1. All entrance doors must have steps leading to them.
  2. Entrance doors swinging out shall have a minimum 3’ X 3’ landing outside the door (not applicable for screen or storm door).
  3. All steps are in accordance with the North Carolina Regulations for Manufactured Homes section 3.11.
  4. A deck greater than 36 square feet requires a separate building permit.
  5. For new homes, the manufacturer’s installation instructions must be in a conspicuous location. Foundation system and tie-downs must be installed in accordance with the installation instructions for new homes. Installation of relocated homes may be in accordance with the North Carolina Regulations for Manufactured Homes.
  6. In the absence of specific instructions from the manufacturer, an engineer’s letter is required for the set up when more than 25% of the homes main support piers are higher than 3’- 0" above grade measured at the bottom of the I-Beam, reference North Carolina Regulations for Manufactured Homes section 3.7.7.
  7. Soil bearing test has been performed and the results posted in a conspicuous place to determine pier spacing.
  8. All footer blocks shall be covered with earth.
  9. An engineer’s letter is required when screw anchors are placed in concrete.
  10. Underneath the home is graded to prevent water collecting.
  11. A GFCI convenience receptacle is located adjacent to mechanical equipment.
  12. The electrical system is complete with proper conductor and overcurrent device sizes.
  13. All electrical conduit is supported according to code.
  14. The water supply is installed in accordance with North Carolina Regulations for Manufactured Homes section 3.13.6.
  15. All hose bibs have means for back flow prevention.
  16. The sewer line is run with correct fall and the connection to septic tank exposed for the inspection.
  17. All mechanical equipment must be installed with proper overcurrent protection device.
  18. All mechanical equipment located outside is level on a suitable pad.
  19. The ductwork run under the home is supported every 4’-0" and is greater than 0’-4" above grade.
  20. Any replacement mechanical equipment must be approved for use in manufactured housing.
  21. A re-inspection fee is charged for all additional inspections. Re-inspection fees must be paid at the time of scheduling the re-inspection.
  22. Do not install any skirting until all inspections have been approved.
Site Plan Requirements:
A preliminary site plan is required before permits are issued. A final (as-built) site plan may be required prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. A good resource for a site plan is a survey issued for a recent mortgage or refinance closing. See a Site Plan Example.
A site plan includes the entire lot, drawn to scale, with the following:
·        Lot lines with dimensions and road frontage shown.
·        All existing and proposed buildings and structures with overall dimensions and, for proposed buildings and structures, the distance measured from the nearest fixed reference points (such as property lines, lot corners, existing building/structures, etc) that can be used to precisely locate the proposed building/structures should be clearly shown.
·        Existing and proposed driveways, parking spaces, patios, pool decking, and walkways with width and surface material identified.
·        Where known, existing or proposed well, septic tank and drain field location(s) or sewer and water easements and proposed connection location(s).
·        All water features including ditches, easements, buffers, and flood hazard areas (FEMA or Flood prone soils).
·        The location, type and relevant dimensions and capacities of storm water management structures, associated easements and other devices.
·        All existing and proposed impervious surfaces clearly itemized and listed in square feet and as a percentage of the net lot size. This can be shown on the site plan or an attached Impervious Surfaces Calculation Worksheet.
·        Parcel identification number (PIN), address of property, north arrow, scale of the site plan, bar scale, and date map prepared (and any revision dates). 
·        If parcel is less than 5 acres, scales of 1" = 20', 30', 40', 50', 60' or 100' are acceptable on paper no larger than 11" x 17".
·        For a parcel of 5 acres or more, scales of 1” = 100’, 200’, 300’, 400’ or 500’ are acceptable in addition to the scales listed above and may be on any size paper.  If the paper is larger than 11” x 17”, or the scale is smaller than 1”=100’, an inset or separate sheet must also be provided showing the proposed construction at a scale of 1” = 20’, 30’, 40’, 50’, 60’ or 100’.
·        As-built surveys must be labeled as such, be completed by a Professional Land Surveyor and include all the above.  The date the as-built is prepared must be on or after the initial building final.
Further information regarding requirements of the Storm water Programs may be obtained from Wake County Environmental Services at 919-856-7400. 
**These are minimum requirements.  Special circumstances or small lots may necessitate further requirements**

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