Obtaining My Permit

Obtaining My Permit for a New House
If you have a general contractor, he must get the permit. If the contractor is the homeowner, then he or she must get the permit.  You will need the following items before a permit can be issued:

  1. Zoning Permit (if applicable)
  2. Improvement Permit (septic and/or well layout  
  3. Building Plans or spec sheet
  4. Lien Agent Information or Exemption
  5. Building Permit Application

1. ZONING PERMIT (IF APPLICABLE)
Is your property located in the Town of Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Rutherfordton, or Spindale? If so, you will need to get a zoning permit from the appropriate official as follows.

VILLAGE OF CHIMNEY ROCK

Steve Duncan (828) 777-5718
384 Main St
PO Box 55
Chimney Rock, NC  28720

   
   
TOWN OF LAKE LURE Garrett Murphy
  (828) 625-9983 ext. 107
  LL Town Hall
2948 Memorial Hwy
Lake Lure, NC  28746
   
TOWN OF RUTHERFORDTON Wendy Craig
  (828)287-7367 option 4
  144 N. Mitchell Street
Rutherfordton, NC  28139
   
TOWN OF SPINDALE Karyl Fuller
  (828)286-2541
  103 Reveley Street
Spindale, NC  28160
   
TOWN OF BOSTIC Mitch Harrill
(MOBILE HOMES ONLY!) (828)245-5108


2. SEPTIC TANK LAYOUT and WELL LAYOUT (if you will be drilling a well)
You will need to go to the Rutherford County Health Department and get an Improvement Permit (septic layout) for your house, mobile home, or business. If you are adding a bedroom to your existing home, you will also need to obtain an updated layout--even though you may have an existing tank/system. For any questions about septic tank layouts or "perk tests," contact the health department at 221 Callahan-Koon Road in Spindale. You can also call them at  (828) 287-6317 or visit their website by clicking on the following link:

Rutherford County Health Department

3. BUILDING PLANS
You will need a building plans if you are building a house or an addition to a house. This includes modular homes, but not mobile homes. We will need these plans before the first inspection can be done.  These should include, at least, a floor plan with room dimensions and door/windows.   You can include a Cross Section Plan if this information is not included on your plans.

4.  LIEN AGENT INFORMATION OR EXEMPTION
BEGINNING APRIL 1, 2013
The State of NC now requires an "Appointment of Lien Agent" for your residential project which costs $30,000 or more and which is not a renovation on the homeowner's EXISTING residence.  Visit the http://www.liensnc.com website and print off the form generated at the end of the process.  We need the ID number which is unique to each project.  This form should be posted on site for the duration of the project.

5. Residential Building Permit Application-New House

What If I Have an Unfinished Shell?
We do not issue "shell" permits; however, if you have a shell or have bought a shell that needs to be finished, we can permit that as a "Finish interior" permit.  

We now accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card, along with cash or check, for payment of your permits. Please see our new fee schedule below.

How much will my permit cost?
Permit Fee Schedule

Once you have an assigned building inspector, it is best to talk with him as he will know you, your site, and your project, and can best answer your questions or concerns. Until that time and for general inquiries, inspection/permit requests, or for correspondences related to your permit such as duct testing,  termite verifications, permit applications, engineering designs, etc., please e-mail us at permits@rutherfordcountync.gov. Please be sure to reference your permit number if you have one assigned.