Important Inspections Updates
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Applications and Forms
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.
- View the Enhanced Plan Review document (PDF)
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.
- All building Permit Applications for Solar Photovoltaic Systems must be submitted through the Dplans portal on the Durham City-County Inspections website.
- All Electrical plans and one-line diagrams must be submitted through the Dplans portal along with the corresponding Building Permit Application.
- Download the Department of Insurance’s Residential Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Inspection Procedure form (PDF).