A Building Permit application is typically the last step in the development review process before actual construction begins. The City uses Building Permit review as an opportunity to ensure proposed development conforms to all previous approvals, the UDO, the State Building Code, the City Code of Ordinances, and all other applicable City requirements. The following activities require approval of a Building Permit:
- New construction of a residential, nonresidential, or mixed-use building, or an accessory building larger than 12 feet along any one side
- Additions to or renovations of an existing building (including garages, carports, deck or patio covers, storage buildings, swimming pools, or decks and porches more than 24 inches above grade)
- Fences over 24 inches in height
- Relocation of a building
- Modifications of habitable space involving structural, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing
- Conversion of unfinished floor space to habitable floor area
- Demolition of any structure or portion of a structure that is larger than 150 square feet prior to demolition
- Structural support or electrical aspects of signage
Even though the Building Permit is the most common development review procedure utilized by the City of Fayetteville, it is one of the most complicated due to the need to comply with the North Carolina State Building and Fire Codes, including issues that develop when a structure is built under a prior building code and is being modified to comply with current codes. Three types of permit applications are utilized to help separate simple projects from those which are more complicated. These application types are listed below.
- Trade permit applications – If the proposed construction involves only a single “trade” (i.e., plumbing, electrical, or mechanical – HVAC), such as the installation of new electrical outlets, a one-page Trade Permit application form provides a simple way to start the permitting and inspections process.
- New construction applications – If the proposed construction involves the erection of a new structure on the property, a standard, two-page Building Permit application, along with any associated plans and other documents, must be completed.
- Addition/renovation applications – If an addition is being constructed to connect to an existing structure or if an interior renovation is being pursued, an Addition/Renovation/Improvement permit application is required.