You can go to our website and download plan submittal requirements or pick them up here in the office.
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A licensed contractor is required whenever construction is done that is $30,000 or more value. The value is based either on a signed contract or our permit valuation, which is $112.65 per square foot of heated space of new residential construction. Re-models are based on contract price or number of inspections trips that will be required. For commercial projects, talk to our commercial plan reviewer. These rules are made by the NC Licensing Board, and we have no control over them. You may contact the Licensing Board for further information at 919-571-4183.
Residential plans normally do not require an architect. If the proposed residence is unusually large and/or complicated it could require plans sealed by an architect or engineer. For commercial plans see the North Carolina Law and Administration Code.
Any building greater than 12 feet in any dimension requires a building permit. If it is greater than 400 square feet it requires a permanent foundation. All buildings used for commercial purposes require a building permit and a permanent foundation.
Not required in single family residences for work costing less than $5000 if no structural (load bearing) work is done, or if no work involving plumbing, mechanical, or electrical systems is done. Replacing plumbing fixtures without altering the trap or the drains or vents does not require a permit. A Zoning Permit is required for us to issue a remodeling permit.
Talk to Zoning about all of these types of issues.
Contact Gaston County Zoning for Farm Exemption information. Even though you are granted a farm exemption you will still need a permit for any electrical, mechanical, plumbing work.
No. Click the NC Codes Online link on our website, and then go to Code Services on the DOI website.
If you are adding square footage or a bedroom, yes (residential). Other minor changes can usually be worked out with the field inspector. On a commercial project you need talk to the Field inspector first, if he determines that significant changes are to be made then additional plan review may be required.
A mobile home is built to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards. A modular home is built to Building Code Standards and requires a Building Permit and plans stamped by a third-party reviewing company.
Any time you're building on a lot that does not have city water and sewer. If you are remodeling or adding to an existing structure where the proposed work extends outside of the existing footprint (outline) of the building, or you are adding bedrooms to a residence, swimming pool, or work at a food establishment then you will need a permit from Environmental Health.
Residential Plan Review is normally completed in 24 to 48 hours. The plan reviewer will contact you when it is ready.
First you need to talk to the field inspector who can explain exactly what he meant on the call sheet and why he requires the correction.
For a new home or addition it is based on our valuation tables and fee schedule. A very rough, "ball park" figure is as follows:
Interior remodeling, fire damage repair, etc. will be valued at the contract price and our fee schedule.
Call NC State Health Hazards Control in Raleigh at 919-707-5950.
Contact Gaston County Natural Resources at 704-922-4181. See their page on Gaston County's website for more information.