How to Apply for a Franklin County Building Permit

Planning Permissions How to Apply for a Franklin County Building Permit

How to Get a Franklin County Building Permit

As in most counties around the United States, you'll probably need to purchase a building permit from Franklin County, North Carolina, if you want to add on to your home. While you may not necessarily need a for every project, it's important to know whether you need one or not before you start building anything around your home.

To find out whether or not you need a building permit, you can:

  1. Search the website
  2. Call the county
  3. Use a third-party service like DoNotPay to identify requirements in your area

You'll then need to use the information you find to apply for the correct permit. The process can be complicated, so let's see if we can help you get the building permit you need to start your project in Franklin County.

Why Do I Need a Building Permit in Franklin County?

You won't need a permit for every building project in Franklin County, but you should always double-check with the county before beginning a project. For example, the county specifies that you'll need a permit if "a building, structure or service system is erected, constructed, enlarged, installed, altered, repaired, moved, removed, converted or demolished".

Some examples of situations where you may need a include:

  • Building storage sheds
  • Building guest homes
  • Installing pools
  • Building residential additions on your home
  • Installing hot tubs
  • Building a deck
  • Repairing or replacing plumbing, electrical systems, etc.
  • Installing signs

However, you won't necessarily need a permit for other projects, like building cabinets in your house, for example. It's always a good idea to give a call to the county if you're not sure where your project fits.

How to Get a Building Permit in Franklin County, NC

There are many complicated steps to applying for and receiving a building permit in Franklin County, NC. You'll need to go online to get a permit unless you want to stop by the office at 215 E. Nash St., Louisburg, NC during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 to 5). You can ask for a permit in person there.

Let's take a look at the process below:

Apply for a Zoning PermitIn many cases, you'll need a zoning permit before you can apply for a building permit. Head to the Franklin County website and go to the Planning and Inspections Department. There, you can apply for a zoning permit at your address.
Apply for a Building PermitOnce you have your zoning permit, you'll also need to apply for a building permit. Go to your account on the Planning and Inspections Department website for Franklin County and apply for a building permit. You will need to include documentation if you plan on hiring employees or contractors to work on your land. You may also need to prove your tax status or occupancy with further documentation.
Pay the FeeFor any request for a permit, you will have to pay a fee. The fees range in cost from about $30 to as high as $4,500, depending on the request you're making. You can view current fees in Franklin County here.
Request an InspectionOnce you've got your zoning permit, you'll need to request an inspection of your property. Go to your account, find the permit you want an inspection for, and use the provided online form to open your request and request an inspection. You'll have to fill in the details there on what type of inspection you want (mechanical, electrical, etc.).

Once you've completed these steps, you'll need to wait for the county to approve or reject your application. You'll then have six months to start your project before the building permit expires.

How to Get Help Applying for a Franklin County Building Permit With DoNotPay

While applying for a building permit can be done alone, it's a long and complicated process. You may need help figuring out the correct documents and determining your eligibility for a specific project. If you're looking for a somewhat simpler way of seeking out and applying for a permit, you can use the handy system at DoNotPay. Here's how it works:

  1. Go to the Planning Permissions product on DoNotPay.
  2. Choose one of the following options:
    1. Check whether your project needs a building permit or if it's exempt
    2. Generate a permission request letter to send to your HOA
    3. Generate a guide on how to complete the building permit application
  3. Choose the focus of your project (new ADU, pool, shed, fence, etc.) and answer a few questions about your plans, including the size of the structure and estimated cost.

  4. Indicate whether you're hiring a contractor and include the estimated start date and the timeline for the project.
  5. Indicate whether any public sidewalk/street space will be used during construction.
  6. And that's it! DoNotPay will help guide you through the building permit process by checking if your project needs a building permit, contacting any HOAs you're a part of to request building permission, or generating detailed instructions on how to start and complete your building permit application process.

With help from DoNotPay's service, you can apply for a building permit in a fast and easy manner with no worries that you're doing things wrong. We'll make sure you get everything you need to start that project you're dreaming of!

How Else DoNotPay Can Help

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