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Cemetery

I need to buy rights to a cemetery plot/grave, where do I go first?
What is the cost for a grave?
What is the cost to open and close a grave (interment)?
When I have selected the plot/grave(s) that I wish to purchase a license for, how can I pay for it?  
Will I get a license for my plot/grave? 
Will each grave be marked with a permanent marker? 
Can I transfer this property to another person or persons?  

Inspections

Where is Engineering & Inspections located?
What are the hours of operation for Engineering & Inpsections?
Why do I need a permit?
When is a permit required?
How do I determine what costs to include on my building permit?
I have a Clayton address, so do I come to the Town of Clayton for my permit?
What items are required when permitting a New Single Family Home?
I am the owner of my home and live in the home. Am I allowed to be my own contractor of work that I would like to have done?
When must work be done by a licensed contractor?
When does my work need to be ready for inspection?  
Does someone need to be on job site to meet the inspector? 
I have a reinspection fee. Do I need to pay this before I can get my next inspection? 
How long does your office keep records of the Permit/Inspection for jobs?  
I have a storage building that I want to add receptacles and light in. Do I need a permit?
I need to speak to an inspector. What time are they in the office and in the filed doing inspections?
How can I find out what time the inspector will be at my job?
Is a permit required for a retaining wall?
When does a permit expire?

 

I need to buy rights to a cemetery plot/grave, where do I go first?

If you would like to purchase a plot, you are now required to make an appointment for any cemetery business.  Please call 919-553-1530 to schedule an appointment at the Town’s Operations Center at 653 NC Highway 42 West. An additional appointment can be made to visit the cemetery with our staff to view the site or sites. Payment for a plot or grave is accepted only at 111 East Second Street, in Town Hall. The cost is $1,000 per grave and $900 to open and close it upon interment.  The $900 for opening/closing must be paid in full before a standard interment. Costs vary for Sunday and/or holiday internments and for cremains internment. 

What is the cost for a grave?

The cost for a grave is currently $1,000.00 per grave which needs to be paid at Town Hall, however, you must first make an appointment with the Town Operations Center at 653 NC Highway 42 West to complete a purchase contract. Please call 919-553-1530 to make an appointment. 

What is the cost to open and close a grave (interment)?

Standard interment Monday through Saturday - $900 Standard interment Sunday and Holidays - $1,200 Cremain interment Monday through Saturday - $450 Cremain interment Sunday and Holidays - $900 No interments will take place on Good Friday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Interment costs can be prepaid, but must be paid in full before an interment is authorized.

When I have selected the plot/grave(s) that I wish to purchase a license for, how can I pay for it?

The Town offers two options: 1) pay in full (cash, check, or credit card) or 2) payment plan which requires a minimum deposit of $100 with the balance for one grave due on or before June 30th following the purchase. If more than one grave is purchased, the balance of each additional grave is due, annually, on or before June 30th, until all graves have been paid. For example, if you were to purchase a license for four (4) graves, you would have a maximum of three (3) years, from June 30th following the original purchase, to pay for the graves. No burial can take place and no license can be executed until the grave is paid in full. Any grave not paid for in full according to these terms will revert to the Town with no refunds being granted. Hardship cases will be determined by the Town Manager or his designee. Cemetery Ordinance 92.01.C Once you've completed the paperwork with the Town Operations Center, payments are taken at Town Hall at 111 E. Second Street in Downtown Clayton. 

Will I get a license for my plot/grave?

Yes. After each grave is paid in full, a license will be completed and sent to the licensee, per Cemetery Ordinance 92.01.A. Please remember to retain this document for future reference.

Will each grave be marked with a permanent marker?

As part of the purchase price for the rights to the graves, effective October 1, 2012, the Town will provide a footstone for each grave that includes the name of the deceased, their year of birth, and year of death. In addition to the footstone, graves are still permitted to have a headstone. See Item No. 1 below for details as to the type of headstone permitted. Cemetery Ordinance 92.07.G

Can I transfer this property to another person or persons?

Yes. First, contact the Operations Center (919-553-1530) and request a Transfer of Cemetery Lot form. After completing this form, submit along with your deed or license to the Public Works Administrative Support Specialist. This form will legally document the transfer of said rights from the original owner(s) or licensee(s) to the person or persons that will become the new licensee of the property. The Town will prepare a new license for the site and mail to the new licensee. This will not take place until all applicable fees are paid by the licensee. Cemetery Ordinance 92.01.B

Where is Engineering & Inspections  located?

Engineering & Inspections is located at 111 E. Second Street, Clayton NC 27520.  We are inside Town Hall/The Clayton Center on the second floor of the Government Services Building.

What are hours of operation for Engineering & Inspections?

Our hours of operation for Engineering and Inspections are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Permits are not issued after 4:30 p.m.

Why do I need a permit?

The purpose of a permit is to enforce minimum consistent requirements of nationally recognized good practices by providing a reasonable level of life safety and protection of hazards to all parties involved.

When is a permit required?

Building Permit Required: No person or corporation shall locate, erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, demolish or relocate any building, or change the type of occupancy without first obtaining the required permits for the specific work from the Inspections Department having jurisdiction.

Building permits are not required for:

  • Nonstructural work where costs is less than $15,000 in any single-family residence.
  • Farm buildings outside the jurisdiction of any municipality.
  • Residential accessory structures where no dimension exceeds 12 feet.
  • The replacement of windows, doors and exterior siding in residential structures.
  • The replacement of pickets, railings, stair treads, and decking of residential porches and exterior decks.

Electrical Permit Required: An electrical permit is required for the installation, extension, alteration, or general repair of any electrical wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment except that in any one or two-family dwelling units a permit shall not be required for repair or replacement of electrical lighting fixtures or devices, such as receptacles and lighting switches having the same voltage and the same or less amperage.

Plumbing Permit Required: A plumbing permit is required for the installation, extension, relocation, replacement or general repair of any plumbing system. Plumbing permits shall not be required for minor repairs or replacements of plumbing fixtures provided such repairs or replacements do not disrupt the original water supply or the waste and ventilation system.

Replacement of Water Heaters: No permit shall be required for replacement of water heaters in one- or two-family dwellings, provided: The energy use rate or thermal input is not greater than that of the water heater which is being replaced.

  • There is no change in fuel, energy source, location, routing or sizing of venting and piping.
  • The work is performed by a licensed plumbing contractor.
  • The replacement is installed in accordance with the current edition of the North Carolina State Building Code.

Mechanical / HVAC Permit Required: Mechanical / HVAC permit is required for the installation, extension, 
relocation, replacement and general repair of any heating, air-conditioning or venting system.

 How do I determine what costs to include on my building permit?

The following represents typical examples of costs to be included on Building Permit Applications: 

  • Design and costs associated with construction plans and specifications
  • ​All building construction costs, including soil exploration, excavation, backfill, compaction, shoring deep foundations and shallow foundations
  • Fixed or built-in equipment, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing (including kitchen equipment, elevators or lift equipment)
  • Special inspections and structural tests
  • Interior and exterior finishes
  • Fire protections systems
  • Graphics/signage

Costs in place: including material, labor and equipment 

I have a Clayton address, so do I come to the Town Clayton for my permit?

Although you may have a Clayton address, we only cover the areas inside the city limits of Clayton and ETJ. If you are unsure whether you are inside the city limits, contact our office prior to coming in and we’ll be glad to let you know which jurisdiction you are in.


What items are required when permitting a New Single Family Home?

  • A completed permit application for a single-family home.
  • A site plan meeting all of the specification listed in the Site Plan Requirements.
  • Two sets of plans detailing the work to be performed. The building plans shall detail the construction in accordance with the Residential Plan Submittal Requirements as it applies to the particular project

I am the owner of my home and live in the home. Am I allowed to be my own contractor of work that I would like to have done?

Yes. As long as you own the home and don’t rent it out, you can serve as your own contractor. There is one stipulation: you will need to live in the home for one (1) year after the work is completed.

When must work be done by a licensed contractor?

Building Contractor Required: A general contractor licensed in North Carolina must perform all work where the construction cost is in excess of $30,000. Any person who is paid to manage a project where the construction cost is in excess of $30,000 must be a licensed General Contractor. An unlicensed contractor may perform work where the cost is $30,000 or less. Any person may act as their own general contractor for construction of a home, addition or accessory structure if they own the land and will personally occupy the structure for 12 months after completion.

Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Sprinkler License Contractor Required: A licensed plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor is required to alter, replace or relocate plumbing or heating and air conditioning. Homeowners may perform their own plumbing or heating work if they own the land and will personally occupy the structure.

Electrical Contractor’s License Required: A licensed electrical contractor is required for all installation, construction, maintenance or repair of electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment. Homeowners may perform their own electrical work if they own the land and will personally occupy the structure.

When does my work need to be ready for inspection?

The work needs to be ready the day that you call to schedule the inspection.

Does someone need to be on job site to meet inspector?

For New Construction, this will be at the inspector's discretion. If the home is occupied, someone will have to be home. Our inspectors will not enter into an occupied home without a homeowner or contractor.

I have a reinspection fee. Do I need to pay this before I can get my next inspection?

Yes. Reinspection fees will need to be paid prior to scheduling your re-inspection. Our online system is available to assist with this.

How long does your office keep records of the Permit/Inspections for jobs?

Per the Retention Table established by the North Carolina Division of Historical Resources Archives and Records Section, we are obligated to keep records for only six (6) years.

I have a storage building that I want to add receptacles and lights in do I need a permit?

Yes. A permit is needed for any electric work.

I need to speak to an Inspector what time are they are the in the office and in the field doing inspections?

The Inspectors are in the office from 7-8 am and 3-4 pm. They are in the field from 8 am - 3 pm.

How can I find out what time the inspector will be at my job?

Call Our Inspection Department 919-553-5002 by 4:30 am the day you call in your inspection, and you’ll be connected with the inspector voicemail. He will be able to provide an estimated time based on his workload for that day.

Is a permit required for a retaining wall?

Retaining walls require a permit and engineering when:

  • They are vertically above 4 feet.
  • Supporting a structure
  • Crosses a property regardless of height

Residential permit application, plot plan showing the retaining wall and 2 copies of engineered plans are required for permitting.

When does a permit expire?

Permits expire six (6) months (180 days) after issue date if no work has commenced. Permits also expire when work has started but discontinued for twelve (12) months (365 days) from the last inspection date.

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