Inspections Department - Overview of Responsibilities
The primary function of the Inspections Department is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public. This objective is achieved through the uniform enforcement of state and local laws, as well as local ordinances within the town’s jurisdiction.
Inspections Fees & Refund Policy
Town of Wake Forest fees and charges are subject to change without notice. Please call 919-435-9530 to confirm current fees and charges.
The Inspections Department oversees code enforcement, minimum housing, and fire inspection.
NC Building Codes
Click here for codes recently enacted in North Carolina.
Residential Requirements for Permit Submittal
We strive to deliver the best possible service to residents in the process of building a new home. However, your cooperation is vital to your project’s success. In order to ensure the construction of your new residence fully complies with the NC Residential Code, be sure you understand the permit submittal process.
Commercial Permits & Inspections
Be sure to review this information before beginning your commercial project.
Permitting and Installing Decks and Porches
Here's what you need to know before building a porch or deck.
These bulletins will be issued periodically to provide news and information regarding code changes/revisions as applicable to all trades and changes to plan review and inspections practices.
We believe our customers have the right to safety, respect, appropriate assistance, honesty and competency. We are a dedicated organization committed to enhancing the quality of life in Wake Forest by providing outstanding services in response to the needs of everyone who visits, works and lives in our town. In order to serve you better, we request that you fill out our Inspections Survey. Your responses will allow us to gauge the value of the services we provide and continue working to improve them.
No permit shall be issued where the cost of work is $30,000 or more without the designation of a Mechanics' Lien Agent. Contractors must provide Mechanics' Lien Agent information at the time of permit application and information must be posted on the job site in order to provide the information to all sub-contractors. Lien holder information is not required if the work is being done to an existing single family dwelling in which the applicant owns and resides. Forms are available at the Inspections Department and on the Forms & Applications wen page.
The Inspections Department is located in the ground floor of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Our offices are most easily accessible by utilizing the Taylor Street entrance to Town Hall - which runs behind the facility. For more information or directions, call the Inspections Department at (919) 435-9530.