Covered Porch

Use this permit type for covered porches or enclosing decks. 

Click Here for Application Form (Instructions Below).

This form is not for stick built houses, modular or mobile home dwellings.  For building permits for dwellings, click the 'Building Permits' link on the menu to the right, and select the appropriate project type.

Be sure you submit any required supplemental documents with your application.


Accessory Permit types also require a Fill Permit, at a reduced rate, depending on type of permit, size of proposed building, and lot size whereupon structure is placed. For more information regarding this requirement, please call (252) 338-1919 x 232.

Below is the link to the Fill Permit form.  When filling out this form, please be as specific as you can, and fill form out in its entirety.  Include details regarding both septic fill and house pad fill (volume and dimensions of fill area), as well as any additional fill planned.

Fill Permit Application

 Supplemental Documents Required for Permit:

  • Site Plan Drawing (Not same as plat map) - Can be hand drawn, does not have to be perfect
    • Show location of principal residence
    • Show location of proposed project
    • Show location of septic system and drain lines
    • *NEW* - Show location of ANY proposed fill which is above and beyond house pad & septic
  • Sketch of Dimensions (include length and width measurements)
  • Building Plans (can be hand-drawn)
  • CAMA Permit (Waterfront property only)
    • Contact info for Coastal Area Management Agency:
      • 401 S. Griffin Street, Elizabeth City, NC, 27909
      • Phone: (252) 264-3901, Fax: (252) 331-2951
  • Septic Permit - Existing System Check (obtain from Camden County Health Department)
    • Contact info for Camden County Health Dept.:
      • P. O. Box 72, 160 US Hwy 158 East #B, Camden, NC, 27921
      • Phone: (252) 338-4460, Fax: (252) 338-4475
      • Required in order to delineate out where your system is located to avoid possibility of building on top of any portion of it.
  • All Taxes MUST be Paid on Property PRIOR to Application.
  • Appoint a Lien Agent - Property owner, or as typical with permit applications, the contractor on their behalf, must 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. This is required with a few exceptions.


  • Type permit information into the text-box fields on the form, make selections from drop down boxes and/or any appropriate check-boxes.
  • Fill in what you know, anything you don't know - leave blank. 
  • Most permits require supplemental documents such as site plans, building plans, and so forth.
    • Supplemental documents required for this permit type are listed above.
  • Be sure to sign and date your application.
  • For Electronic Submissions:
    • If you want to email your application package, scan your application & supplemental documents to pdf files or take a jpg picture of each page using a camera or smartphone.
    • If you submit your application via email, be sure to attach your supplemental documents to your email.  Otherwise bring a printed copy of your application & all supplemental documents to the Planning Department at 117 NC Hwy 343 North.
    • Once you have filled out the form and created digital files of the supplemental documents, email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring them to the Planning Department for processing.
  • We will notify you via email or phone when your permit is ready for pickup.

Saving Your Work to Continue Later:

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Planning Department

P.O. Box 74 117 NC Hwy 343 North Camden, NC 27921 (252) 338-1919 x 235 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.