Building Permits

Trade Affidavit form is NOT Application for Permit

There has been some confusion recently regarding the Trade Affidavit form and the form for Building Permit.  A few contractors have submitted a Trade Affidavit form thinking that it was an application for Building Permit.  It is not.  If you are a contractor, and you are doing stand alone work (i.e. not in conjunction with an existing building project where the General Contractor has paid all the fees), do not submit a Trade Affidavit as your application.  You will need to fill out the entire Building Permit Application. Click Here for the 2 Page General Building Permit Application Form.  If you have questions about which form to use, call 252-338-1919 x 235.

Inspection Requests

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Permit Fee Estimate

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Permit Related Documents

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(Scroll to bottom for list of permit types and requirements of each)

New Requirements (2) for Building Permits:


Effective April 1, 2013, North Carolina law (G.S. §§44A-11.1, 44A-11.2, 160A-417, 153A-357, and 87-14) will require that an owner (or, as typical with permit applications, the contractor on their behalf) appoint a lien agent when they first contract for improvements to real property.  A lien agent is a title insurer or agent also registered as a lien agent with the NC Department of Insurance.

For more information regarding this new requirement, please see the pdf file listed below:

To Appoint A Lien Agent

Lien Agent Application Worksheet

List of Lien Agents as of June 22, 2015

Lien Agent Designation Form (must be turned in to Planning with your building permit application)

Once you have gathered all your information, go to and appoint your lien agent. A copy of the confirmation form(s) that you receive at the end of this process must be submitted with your building permit application also.


Fill Permit is now required for all permits wherein fill is to be placed on the subject property.  Even if you are not placing fill, we must have this form on file.  Below is the application form, check yes or no and fill in all applicable information and submit this form with your building permit application.  For more information regarding this requirement, please call (252) 338-1919 x 232.

Fill Permit Application

Please Use Black or Blue Ink when filling out permit forms as other colors tend to be difficult to read. Thank you.

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Building Inspector

Barbara Rhoads Chief Building Inspector P.O. Box 74, 117 North NC 343 Camden, NC 27921 (252) 338-1919 x227