Planning and Inspections

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

215 E. Nash St.
Louisburg, NC 27549

Planning and Inspections


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?

All permits may be obtained through the Online Permit Portal.

The Franklin County Planning & Inspections Department uses Viewpoint online permitting system.  All permits and inspection requests should be made through the online permit portal.

Click here for building and zoning fees.

How do I REQUEST an inspection?

When requesting inspections please use the online permit portal. While we try to give next-day service, there are times when the volume of inspections forces us to schedule further in advance. You will receive an email notification once the inspection request is scheduled. 

**Scheduled inspections NOT CANCELLED by 12:00 P.M. the day prior to inspection may incur a re-inspection charge of $55.00. 

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

We DO NOT provide exact times for the inspection.  All projects must be 100% ready on the day of scheduled inspection by 8 am.  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?

Once the inspection is complete, the results will appear on your account.  Please click here to access your account.  

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: 
 *2.99% + .99

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

All permits can be obtained through the online permit portal or in the office.

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?

Applications are may be submitted at any time through the online permit portal.  Please allow 1 - 2 business days for your permit to process.

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 or through the online permit portal. 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, please click here to access the inspector's contact information.

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

Please use the online permit portal to access your inspection 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 a 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.