Permitting Process

Apply Online

Use the following steps to apply for a permit online.


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.

Apply In Person

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

Permit Fee Schedule

To assist you in your estimating the cost for your permits view the Permit Fee Schedule (PDF).

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.