Inspections Department - Overview of Responsibilities
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.
Online Inspections Scheduling/Payments
Inspections_Scheduling/Payments is available for contractors only. All inspections scheduled by 3 pm via our online scheduler will be conducted the next business day regardless of the date requested.
Online Permit Request
- Trade Permits Only (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)
Complete the Trade Permit Application and an Inspections staff person will contact you by email with your permit number and cost.
- Residential Room Additions, Renovations, Decks, Screen Porches
Complete the Residential Permit Application and include the following; Plans and Site Plan. Staff will contact you if additional information is needed or once approved.
Inspections Fees & Refund Policy
View our Inspections Fees & Refund Policy. Please note: 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 is comprised of divisions that oversee code enforcement, minimum housing, and fire inspection.
NC Building Codes
NC Building 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 Residential Requirements for Permit Submittal.
Express Residential Plan Review
The Inspections Department offers Express Plan Review services for residential addition/renovations and accessory structures, including decks, porches, sun rooms and screen porches. These reviews are scheduled by appointment only on Thursdays from 8 am to noon. Depending on the severity of any non-compliant submittals, a permit may not be issued that day. To schedule an appointment or if you have questions about this process, contact Kevin Wester at 919-435-9525
Commercial Permits & Inspections
Commercial Permits & Inspections: Be sure to review this information before beginning your commercial project.
Permitting & Installing Decks & Porches
Permitting & Installing Decks & Porches: Here's what you need to know before building a porch or deck.
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 web 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.