A new law took effect in North Carolina on October 1, 2016, and
it affects the need for building permits.
Session Law 2016-113, entitled An Act to Provide Further Relief
to the Agricultural Community, clarifies in Section 13 that a
building permit is not required for certain work
costing less than $15,000 provided that the work is performed in
accordance with the current edition of the North Carolina State
The new law - which amends N.C.G.S. 143-138, N.C.G.S. 160A-417
and N.C.G.S. 153A-357 - provides that no permit is required to
conduct any construction, installation, repair, replacement, or
alteration activities costing $15,000 or less in residential and
farm structures if the work is performed in accordance with the
current edition of the North Carolina State Building Code and
Replacements of windows; doors; exterior
siding; or pickets, railings, stair treads, and decking of porches
and exterior decks.
Plumbing replacements that do not change size
Replacement of roofing.
The law also provides that no permit "from any State
agency" is required for:
Replacement of water heaters in one- or
two-family dwellings, if (1) the energy use or thermal input does
not exceed that of the water heater being replaced and there is no
change in fuel, energy source, location, capacity, or routing or
sizing of venting and piping, and (2) the work is performed by a
person licensed by the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing,
Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors.
Repair or replacement of dishwashers,
disposals, electrical devices, or lighting fixtures in residential
or commercial structures, if (1) the repair or replacement does not
require addition or relocation of additional electrical wiring, and
(2) the work is performed by a person licensed by the State Board
of Examiners of Electrical Contractors.
This new law also provides that no permit is required, either
under the State Building Code or any local variant, for routine
maintenance of fuel dispensing pumps and other dispensing
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