Accessory Dwelling Unit

Use this form for the following types of building permits

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit.
  • This type of unit is basically a small single family dwelling, so uses the same form as a single family dwelling.
  • This form is not for primary residences (i.e. stick built houses, modular or mobile home dwellings).  For building permits for primary residence dwellings, click the 'Building Permits' link on the menu above and to the left, and select the appropriate project type.

  Click Here for Application Form (Instructions).

  Be sure you review the ordinance/regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units.

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


As of March 1, 2021, a Fill Permit FEE is REQUIRED for ALL New Builds of Single Family Dwellings, to include Stick Built, Modular, and Manufactured Homes. Fee of $50 is required for the aforementioned SFD types.

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


Standards for Accessory Dwelling Units
(Unified Development Ordinance § 4.5.5)

A.  Accessory Dwelling Units
    Accessory dwelling units shall comply with the following standards:
    1.  General Requirements
        a.  Accessory dwelling units may be located within a principal structure
            (e.g., a downstairs apartment), as a freestanding building, or above a
            detached outbuilding.
        b.  The use of manufactured homes, travel trailers, campers, tractor
            trailers, or similar vehicles as an accessory dwelling unit is
            prohibited.
        c.  Not more than one accessory dwelling unit per lot is permitted.
        d.  Where there is no public sanitary sewer service available to the
            accessory apartment, the applicant shall provide an approval from the
            Albemarle Regional Health Department for the accessory dwelling unit.
    2.  Maximum Size
        a.  An accessory dwelling unit shall have a heated floor area of at least
            300 square feet, but shall not exceed 1200 square feet.
        b.  An accessory dwelling unit shall have a maximum of two bedrooms and at
            least one full bathroom.
    3.  Configuration
        a.  At least one, but no more than two, off-street parking spaces shall be
            provided for an accessory dwelling unit (in addition to the required
            off-street parking serving the principal use).
        b.  The accessory dwelling unit shall be served by the same driveway serving
            the principal use.
        c.  Accessory dwelling units shall not be sold apart from the principal
            structure.
        d.  Accessory dwelling units may be used for home occupation uses but in no
            instance shall more than one home occupation use be conducted on a
            single lot.


FORM INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Type permit information into the text-box fields on the form, make make selections, and click check-boxes as appropriate.
  • Fill in what you know, anything you don't know - leave blank. Please note that items with a red border are required.
  • Most permits require supplemental documents such as site plans, building plans, and so forth.
    • Supplemental documents required for this permit type are listed below.
    • If you want to email your application package, scan your supplemental documents to pdf or take jpg picture of each page using a camera or smartphone.
    • If you submit your application via email, be sure to include your supplemental documents in your email.  Otherwise bring a printed copy of all supplemental documents when you bring your application to the Planning Department.
  • Be sure to sign and date your application
  • 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. 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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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
  • Building Plans
  • Elevation Certificate (if in a flood zone)
  • CAMA Permit (Waterfront property only)
    • Field Representative: Lynn Mathis
    • 401 S. Griffin Street, Elizabeth City, NC, 27909
    • Phone: (252) 264-3901, Fax: (252) 331-2951
    • Contact info for Coastal Area Management Agency:
  • Septic Permit (obtain from Camden County Health Department)
    • Contact Person: Kevin Carver or David Sweeny
    • P. O. Box 72, 160 US Hwy 158 East #B, Camden, NC, 27921
    • Phone: (252) 338-4460, Fax: (252) 338-4475
    • Contact info for Camden County Health Dept.:
  • All Taxes on Property Must Be Paid PRIOR to Application
  • Water Tap Fee Must Be Paid (or proof of existing water tap provided) PRIOR to Application
    • Contact Person: Dawn Lowry
    • 117 NC 343 North, Camden, NC, 27921
    • Phone: (252) 338-1919 x 236
    • Contact Person: Regina Russell
    • 103 Halstead Street, South Mills, NC, 27976
    • Phone: (252) 771-5620
    • For Addresses in Camden and Shiloh:  Camden County Water Department
    • For addresses in South Mills:  South Mills Water Association
  • 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.
  • As of March 1, 2021, a Fill Permit FEE is REQUIRED for ALL New Builds of Single Family Dwellings, to include Stick Built, Modular, and Manufactured Homes. Fee of $50 is required for the aforementioned SFD types. 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.

    The link to the Fill Permit form is located both at the top of this page, and in the Fill Permit section of the Cognito Forms site for the permit application. 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.

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