Planning and Inspections

(919) 496-2909 (Planning)
(919) 496-2281 (Inspections)

215 E. Nash St.
Louisburg, NC 27549

Planning and Inspections


NOTE:  Franklin County Planning & Inspections does not have zoning or building applications available online.


A building permit allows the County's Inspectors to enforce the building code. The purpose of the building code and inspections is to provide for the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. In the past, without any codes or enforcement, the general public was at the mercy of unscrupulous persons looking for a quick profit at the expense of others. Sometimes, this resulted in health problems or worse structural failure, and death.

How do I get a building permit?

Click here for building and zoning fees.

How many days in advance should I schedule an inspection?

When scheduling inspections please call 919.496.2281 at least a few days prior to the inspection. While we try to give next day service, there are times when the volume of inspections forces us to schedule further in advance. 
**Scheduled inspections NOT CANCELLED by 8:30 A.M. on date of inspection may incur a re-inspection charge. 

What time will the Inspector be at the location for an in inspection?

Our Inspectors work hard to complete every inspection each day. Sometimes it is difficult for them to set a time due to unforeseen problems that often occur in the field. We ask that the inspection be completed between 8:30 AM and 4 PM on the day of the inspection.

How do I know if my inspection passed?

The Inspectors leave a check list on the job site, or you can call the Inspections Department at 919.496.2281 after 4 PM on the day of the inspection.

When can the Inspectors be reached?

Between 8-9 AM in the morning and 4-5 PM in the afternoon.

What is the difference between an on-frame modular and an off-frame modular?

An on-frame modular is brought to the site on steel frames and the axles are removed. The steel frames are used to support the structure.

An off-frame modular is brought to the site and set in place by a crane. The steel chassis is not used for the support of the structure.

What forms of payment does your office accept for zoning or building permits?

Currently we accept cash, check, money order, debit and credit cards.  (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) 
Please Note: Surcharges will apply for use of Debit and Credit Cards as follows: 
 *$2.95 Below $110.00
 *2.65% Above $110.00

May we apply by fax, mail or online for a zoning or building permit?

All permits require that the customer physically come into our office at 215 E. Nash St., Louisburg, to apply for and purchase zoning and building permits.

Where are you located and what are your office hours?

We are located at 215 E. Nash St., Louisburg and our office hours are Monday thru Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. 

What hours can we apply for or purchase a zoning or building permits?

You need to come in between the hours of 8 AM to 4:00 PM to allow enough time to acquire the needed information to process all permits.

May we pay re-inspection fees to the Inspector or leave the fees in the permit box for the Inspector to pick up?

No.   All re-inspection fees must be paid at the Inspections Department. You may bring or mail the fee to the Inspections Department. All re-inspection fees must be paid in full before power or a Certificate of Occupancy is released.

What do I have to have ready in order to get conditional power on a residential dwelling?

The following trades must be at 100% in order to receive conditional power: electrical, mechanical, gas test and insulation. Also, the fee must be paid and the conditional power application applied for in our office. This does not apply to manufactured homes.

Do the Inspectors have cell phones? If so, can we call them in the field?

Yes, to get a list you must contact the Inspections office at 919-496-2281.

Can I call during the day and find out if my inspection passed for that day?

You may call after 4:00 P.M. for permit results.

How many inspections do I need to have for my house?

As many as needed, but the minimum is typically five (5) inspections. They are: footings, foundation, open floor (as courtesy), rough in (which includes: electric, mechanical, plumbing, gas system, and framing), insulation and final.

I want to finish my bonus room, do I need a permit?


Do you do single trade inspections?

No. In an effort to save time and money, we will do all trades at once on the rough in stage. We will do a single trade if the situation calls for it but that will be at the judgment of the Inspector.