Important Inspections Updates

NEW INSPECTIONS SCHEDULING PROCESSLand Development Office portal preview Opens in new window

Our automated inspection scheduling line at 919-560-1500 is no longer available.

To schedule a building, electrical, plumbing, or standard mechanical inspection, use our online service tools in our Land Development Office (LDO) portal

Remember you must be the permit applicant and have your login credentials to schedule an inspection for your permit.

Customer Service Lobby Hours

If you have limited internet access, our customer service lobby is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we have computers you can use to schedule your inspections. Our lobby is located on the Ground Floor of City Hall at 101 City Hall Plaza.

Applications and Forms

We have made some important updates to our applications and forms. We encourage you to review and download the latest version to ensure successful submittals.

Temporary Power Update

Effective October 1, 2023, a Temporary Power Permit is no longer available for a residential project not linked to an active Building Permit.  The power company will only receive notification from the Durham City / County Inspections Department after the Final Inspection has passed on the Electrical Permit.


New Change to Schedule an Inspection, effective April 3, 2022:

As of April 3rd 2022, the cut off time for scheduling any Inspection Department related inspection requests  will change from the current 6:59 A.M. the day of the inspection  to 11:59 P.M. the night before. The change is necessary in order to allow sufficient time, to efficiently route inspections, and avoid any unnecessary delays with requests. Any questions on the new change can  be directed to Tommy Smith, Chief Electrical Inspector  or Wyatt Blalock Chief Building Inspector  at [email protected] and [email protected] respectively.

The Inspections Department announces the most common application documents have been translated for our Spanish speaking customers. To access these documents, click here, or go to Application Forms and click the plus sign.  Then click on Spanish Forms.

El Departamento de Inspecciones anuncia que se han traducido los documentos de solicitud más comunes para nuestros clientes de habla hispana. Para acceder a estos documentos, haga clic aquí o vaya a Formularios de solicitud y haga clic en el signo más. Luego haga clic en Formularios en español. 

Shopping Cart Feature for ldo to go live January 14, 2021 at 4:00pm.

Also included with this update is the inspections results for the trade permits that are linked to a building permit.

For the Shopping Cart help guide click here.

Duke Power Process For Turning Electrical Power  On

This document is explains how Duke Power processes requests from the Durham Inspections Department to get electrical power turned on.  Please click on the link to read/download this document.  Duke Power Process

Schedule a Planning Department Inspection for C/O Sign-Off

The following link will assist you in scheduling a Planning Department Inspection for Certificate of Occupancy sign-off.  This link is for Planning Department inspections only.  For all Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical inspections, use the LDO website to schedule those inspections.

New Updated Land Development Office (LDO) Website

Enhanced Plan Review - Commercial and Residential

The Inspections Department is excited to announce the Enhanced Plan Review is now available for any permits meeting the Enhanced Review criteria.  Please download the Enhanced Plan Review document for instructions and plan review criteria.

Please direct all inquiries about our Enhanced Plan Review process to the Durham City-County Inspections Department Enhanced Review Scheduling Coordinator Scott McCorkle:

  • Call (919) 227-0782
  • Email Scott
  • Speak to Scott in person (during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Solar Photovoltaic Systems

As of October 1, 2019, all Solar Photovoltaic Systems - both Commercial and Residential - will require a building permit.