Permit Applications

All permits issued by the Town of Forest City Inspections Department are inspected to ensure compliance with the North Carolina State Building and Fire Codes. Inspections are requested by calling the Inspections Department at (828)248-5239 or emailing  fcbuilding@townofforestcity.com. Routine fire inspections are performed in accordance with the State of North Carolina's mandated inspections schedule.

Online Contractor/Public Portal

Please visit the Town of Forest City Public Portal for permits and other information that may be of assistance to you by clinking on the link above. 

Lien Agent Designation:

NC GENERAL STATUTE: § 44A-11.1. Lien agent; designation and duties

Effective for construction projects beginning on or after April 1, 2013, North Carolina law requires appointment of a lien agent.  Contractors and subcontractors can then give notice they are working on the project. Appointments are not required for (1) improvements under $30,000 or (2) to the owner’s existing residence or (3) for public building projects.  Our office will require the lien agent designation before a permit will be released for commencement of construction, including single trade permits.  You may visit the website LiensNC.com for additional information and a step-by-step guide to completing the designation process online.

                                                               

Building Permit-Please allow 10 days for plan review and 48 hours for issuance.

Required to erect, enlarge, alter, remove, demolish or repair a structure in the city limits of Forest City. This includes everything from certain storage sheds, decks and garages to commercial construction, signs and additions.
Download Building Permit:     

Please email to fcbuilding@townofforestcity.com, fax to (828)245-6143, or simply drop the application off at the Town of Forest City Collections Department.

Sign Permit-Please allow 10 days for plan review and 48 hours for issuance.

Download Sign Permit   

Please email to fcbuilding@townofforestcity.com, fax to (828)245-6143, or simply drop the application off at the Town of Forest City Collections Department.

Electrical Permit:

Required for the installation of new electrical service equipment, existing service relocation and service increases as well as interior and exterior fixed appliances and equipment connections.
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In the instance of an electric service upgrade (panel, meter, combo, etc) if there is not an outside disconnect present, the electrician will be required to be on site at the time of energizing. All service drops and energizations must be scheduled by calling the Town of Forest City Public Works Department at (828) 245-0149. 

Commercial projects require the completion and submission of an Electrical Load Calculation Form. This form may be completed and submitted to the Inspections Department at fcbuilding@townofforestcity.com or by fax to (828)245-6143, or dropped off, in person, at the Collections Department (128 N Powell Street).

Electrical Load Calculation Sheet

Please email to fcbuilding@townofforestcity.com, fax to (828)245-6143, or simply drop the application off at the Town of Forest City Collections Department.

Mechanical Permit:

Required for the replacement, repair or alteration of mechanical systems in structures. This includes air conditioning, heat, gas lines, gas logs, gaslights, gas grills, propane tanks and associated piping for flammable liquids.
Download Mechanical Permit   

Please email to fcbuilding@townofforestcity.com, fax to (828)245-6143, or simply drop the application off at the Town of Forest City Collections Department.

Plumbing Permit:

Required for all plumbing work including water service, drains, water mains, sewage disposal systems and related fixtures and appliances.
Download Plumbing Permit PDF.   

Please email to fcbuilding@townofforestcity.com, fax to (828)245-6143, or simply drop the application off at the Town of Forest City Collections Department.

Accessory Structure Permit-Please allow 10 days for plan review and 48 hours for issuance.

Storage buildings, gazebos, detached garages, manufactured carports or any structure that is detached from a principal structure (dwelling) on the same lot, and must be located in the rear setback of the yard. A permit must be obtained, and the setbacks verified with an approved site plan.

Download Accessory Structure Permit PDF .  Please email to fcbuilding@townofforestcity.com, fax to (828)245-6143, or simply drop the application off at the Town of Forest City Collections Department.

Download Permit forms and submit via email to fcbuilding@townofforestcity.com or fax (828)245-6143 or simply drop the application off at the Town of Forest City Collections Department.