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Approving building plans, issuing permits, conducting inspections...we do it all.

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New! Online Access to Permits Now Available! ePermits is a new online service that allows Clayton residents and registered contractors to request permits, upload documents, schedule inspections and track results any time of day or night!
Click here to use this new convenient 24/7 service!

Phone: 919-553-5002
NEW! Inspections Request Line: 919-359-8717 (Leave message by 4 p.m.)
Fax: 919-553-1720
Location: 111 E. Second Street, Clayton, NC 27520

Often, the first step to getting a Building Permit is a Zoning Compliance Permit to ensure the proposed work meets the requirement of the Unified Development Code. If this is the case, you’ll need to apply for a Zoning Compliance Permit before any building permits can be issued.

DON’T FORGET!  If applying for both a Zoning Compliance AND a Building Permit, turn in the applications at the same time to the Planning Department. Then, when the Zoning Compliance Permit is approved, staff will pass on the Building Permit application and a copy of your Approval to the Building & Inspections Department. This saves you time!

Please read this document first as this has all the information you will need to know about our procedures.

Inspections Policies & Procedures

Commercial Building Permit & Checklist

Residential Building Permit & Checklist

Driveway Permit Application

Affidavit of Workers' Compensation Coverage

Business Services Application

Owner Exemption Affidavit

Procedures for Permits & Inspections for Previously Completed Non-Permitted Work & Work Begun without Permits

Conditional Power Application

Conditional Gas Application

Change of Contractor Application

Building Inspections

The Building Inspections Division is responsible for review and approval of building construction plans, issuance of all building permits, and performing compliance inspections of all construction-related activities in accordance with the current North Carolina Building Code.  Building Inspections also issues permits for driveway connections to public streets and initiates the forms for electrical load management switches for new construction.  The professional staff has certified enforcement officers as well as a permit specialist.  Building Inspection's goal is to make inspections within one business of the date requested within the constraints imposed by heavy demand, inclement weather, etc.

If you have questions about our inspections procedure, would like to schedule an inspection, please call 919-553-5002 and ask for Inspections. Click here for a quick explanation of our Inspections Policies & Procedures. You can also click here to download application forms.

Comprehensive List of Fees and Charges

Permit fees are largely comprised of four components - building permit fees, utility connection fees, water and sewer development fees, and transportation development fees.  You can view the fees in our Comprehensive List of Fees & Services to estimate your permit cost.  There may be small additional fees.


North Carolina State Building Codes

Johnston County GIS

North Carolina contractor license Look-up:  For Plumbing, Heating and FireFor Electrical ContractorsFor General Contractors

Lien Agent Information



The Engineering Division is responsible for development plan review, construction administration, State agency permitting, basic design, and a new development utility inspection.  Engineering also provides project management for the Town's capital projects - from parks to building to greenways.  A division of the Engineering Department is the Geographic Information Service (GIS) component for all of the Public Works Department.  Our GIS program relies on cooperation between Engineering, our Electrical Utility, and Planning/Zoning. 

Town of Clayton’s Manual of Specifications, Standards and Design

Town of Clayton Manual



Design Appendices


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