Commercial Permits

Permit Applications

Building permit applications may be submitted via email to: (Please note your address in the subject line.), or by utilizing the drop box at the Cary Municipal Center. 

Commercial / Industrial Permit Application (PDF)
Food Truck Permit Application (PDF)

Permits Required

Building permits are required for improvement/remodeling projects. Building permits help to ensure that a project is constructed properly and to code. 

Projects that require a Permit (PDF)             Projects that DO NOT require a Permit (PDF)  

Required Information

Information and requirements are noted in the project information handouts listed below, and may include:

  • For site improvement projects, a copy of the plat of survey for your property, with the work area shown with dimensions and locating of the structure. 
  • A general description of work to be done
  • Contractor contact information
  • Plans and/or drawings of the work to be done 

Review Timeline

Standard residential home improvement permit applications are usually reviewed and processed within ten (10) business days. New homes or additions are reviewed within fifteen (15) business days. The following standard residential permits can be issued over the counter in about fifteen (15) minutes if all the required information is provided:

  • Roof
  • Siding
  • Water Heaters
  • Water or sewer service line repairs
  • Windows and Doors
  • Furnace and Air Conditioner

Please Note: If you don't see your project listed below, please call the Community Development department at (847) 639-110 for information regarding permit requirements.