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Johnston County Inspection Hours Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Johnston County Inspection Phone 919-989-5060 919-989-5060

Johnston County Inspection Address 309 E. Market Street - Smithfield NC 27577 309 E. Market Street - Smithfield NC 27577  309 E. Market Street
Smithfield NC 27577 

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When and Why is a Permit Required?

Are you thinking about doing a few simple home improvements? Even small home improvement projects may require a building permit. Faulty installations can cause fire and flood damage as well as other hazards. They can also force you to make costly repairs, should you decide to sell your home.

Below are simple facts about building permits and their accompanying inspections. Compliance with building codes helps to protect your family’s safety and increase the value of your home at resale.

When permits are required?

  • Additions / Remodels
  • Finishing the Upstairs or Attic Space
  • Detached Accessory Structures that exceeds 12’ in dimension or more than 1 story
  • New or Replacement of Mobile Homes
  • All Decks and Porches
  • Pools, Portal Storable Pools “Seasonal”, and Spas that hold more than 24” of water
  • Retaining Walls
  • Mechanical Change outs (HVAC)
  • Electrical Repairs
  • Replacing Roof (Structural Changes)
  • Hook onto County Water & Irrigation Systems
  • Demolition permits

*Note: The above listed projects are examples of required permits, you will need to contact our office for specific projects not listed. 919.989.5060

When permits are not required?

  • Cosmetic work (painting, wallpapering, replacing cabinets, replacing vinyl siding, replacing shingles, etc.)
  • Replacing existing doors and windows with NO structural changes
  • Minor repairs to plumbing and electrical systems by licensed contractors (without changes to the original system)
  • Fences


Special Note:

Driveway permits are obtained at Department of Transportation 919.209.1112
Burning permits are obtained at Emergency Services 919.989.5050 

Sample Building Permit

Page last updated: January 26, 2024

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