Permit Process & Forms

*For Building Safety Applications please use INTERNET EXPLORER or SAFARI. The Submit Button will not work with GOOGLE CHROME or FIREFOX.*

How to Submit & Fees

Building Safety Application Submittals

Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, by fax, or by email to the New Hanover County Building Safety Department, located at 230 Government Center Drive; Suite 110.

Fax: (910) 798-7060 Email:

*Applications that require the submission of large site plans, may be submitted on CD or uploaded to the Plan Review FTP site. * View FTP instructions »

*We accept all forms of payment*

 If you have questions about the electronic submittal process, please call the Development Services Center at (910) 798-7308.

Planning & Zoning

Applications may be submitted in person or by mail to the New Hanover County Planning and Inspections Department, located at 230 Government Center Drive; Suite 110.

Please see the TRC, ZBA, and Planning Board schedules for application deadlines.

*Currently only accepting cash or check*


Forms & Applications


For specific questions about your project, contact:

Development Services:
(910) 798-7308
(How much is a permit? Can I schedule an inspection? What is the status of my permit?)

(910) 798-7363
(General building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing code information)

(910) 798-7624
(How can I change the zoning on my land? What is the general plan for development in New Hanover County? Where can I receive information about upcoming Planning Board Public Hearings?)

(910) 798-7116 (What is my land zoned? Is my property located in the floodplain? I need information about obtaining a CAMA minor permit)

Stormwater/Erosion and Sediment Control:
(910) 798-7139 (I need a land disturbing permit or storm water permit)

Environmental Health:
(910) 798-6667 (I need a permit to construct a well or septic tank)

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 110 • Wilmington, NC 28403
Planning & Land Use: Phone 910-798-7165 • Fax 910-798-7053
Building Safety: Phone 910-798-7308 • Fax 910-798-7060