Holiday Closing

Our office will be closed Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.  Inspections requested after 4:00 PM, Friday, May 22 will be scheduled Wednesday, May 27.

Important Notice

All Transylvania County offices are closed to the public.

During these times for the safety of the public and our staff, we will allow customers to utilize our credit card system for all permits.  Applications for most projects will be accepted by email ( if all required documentation is submitted. 

At this time, we will continue performing some on-site inspections.  The Department of Insurance also allows some virtual inspections to be performed if all guidelines are met.  Click here for more information.

If you have questions call our office at 828-884-3209.

Permit System 

CMU Walls and Foundations

The Transylvania County Building Permitting Department wants to remind you that as General Contractor you are responsible for the compliance of all applicable building codes.  A code complaint foundation is a critical part of your building project. These code excerpts are directly from the 2018 North Carolina Residential Building Code. 

2018 Codes Now Available

The 2018 North Carolina Building Codes shall be effective January 1, 2018.  Books are now available for purchase at  The new code may be viewed by clicking here.

Quick Tips

This document provides helpful information for a proper generator installation.  Compliance with these guidelines shall help with the installation and inspection process.  Click here for more information.

Annual Report

Click here to download our 2019 Annual Report (please be patient, will take a few minutes to load).


The Building Permitting and Enforcement website offers a wide array of services.  This site is intended to create a new level of customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  General information from our downloadable forms to our frequently asked questions is available.  Guests may utilize the Permit and Inspection System to view permit information.  Contractors may utilize the system for online inspection requests, inspection status, inspector scheduling and the online mechanical/plumbing/electrical permit application.

Our Mission Statement

Our goal is to ensure the quality of life of those who live, work and visit Transylvania County by promoting safety in the regulation of the construction, use and occupancy of buildings and by taking a customer oriented approach to finding educated, cost effective solutions.

Transylvania County’s Building Code is mandated by the State of North Carolina and administered through the Engineering Division of the NC Department of Insurance.  It is the same code that is used throughout the state. In NC, as in every area of the world, codes continually evolve in response to changes in materials, technologies and methods of construction. Principally, tragic and disastrous events influence changes to building codes. Such events that have influenced building code requirements in NC include hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fire. The County currently enforces the 2018 North Carolina Building Codes and the 2017 National Electrical Code. Codes may be viewed online.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Your input is very important and valuable to our department. To help us better serve you, we would appreciate your comments regarding our performance. Please take a moment to fill out this survey and let us know how we are doing.
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