Permitting Process

Apply Online

1

Set up an account

To register an account in the Permit Portal, you will need to navigate to the Permit Portal log-in page and select “Create a New Account.” Enter your email address for your account. You will be sent a confirmation email from the permit portal with a link to verify your email address. Enter a new password for your account and fill out the required information. When this step is completed, you are now ready to start using the Permit Portal.

2

Apply for a permit

When you submit your online permit application in the Permit Portal, your application will be automatically issued a permit number. The Rowan County Permit Technicians will receive the online permit application and will review the information.  Be sure to leave a primary contact phone number in the event additional information is needed to process the permit.

3

Get your issued permit & inspection results

You will receive an automated email when your permit is issued. Make sure your approved/stamped building plans, site plans and Rowan County permit card are onsite for all required inspections. You can access and print approved/stamped documents by navigating to the “Attachment” tab in the permit.

Apply In Person

  • Complete the permit application
  • Bring your zoning permit
  • Bring your Well and Septic Construction authorization or your tap receipts from Salisbury Rowan Utilities
  • Bring your appointed Lien Agent printout, not the payment receipt

Permit Calculator

To assist you in your estimating the cost for your permits view the Permit Cost Estimator page.

Projects Requiring Permits

(Reference North Carolina General Statutes 160D-1110 for exemptions.)

  • The construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal or demolition of any building
  • The installation, extension, alteration or general repair of any electrical wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment
  • The installation, extension, alteration or general repair of any heating or cooling equipment system
  • The installation, extension, or general repair of any plumbing system

Permit Validity

A permit expires 6 months after the date of issuance if the work has not been commenced.  If, after commencement, the work is discontinued for a period of 12 months, the permit immediately expires.  No work may be performed until the permit is reinstated.