Building Inspections & Permitting


Visit ePermits for the Contractor Access portal. You can create and pay for your single-trade RESIDENTIAL permits. A permits specialist will issue your permit and attach the PDF to your permit. Call (919) 249-3418 with any questions.

You can also access the Public Information Search. to search on permit number or address for inspection results/inspector information. Enter the last 6 digits of the permit number only or type in the address. All issued permits will display. You can open the permit and relevant inspection to see your inspector's phone number and inspection results.

Please note: COMMERCIAL SINGLE TRADE permit applications have to be reviewed by our Planning Department prior to permit issuance. You may upload through the IDT portal; or fax your applications to the Permits Department at (919) 249-3407 and we will forward the application to the Planning Department and contact you when the application has been approved.

You can pay for permits, check permit information and inspection results via the ePermits Contractor Access Portal. Registration is required in order to get inspection and/or permit results. If you have not accessed the website before, please view the ePermits instructions.

IDT Plans   

We are currently accepting all permit applications for review through our IDT Plans portal:

**ALL applications require the same documents as you would submit at the Permits desk.

Please note:  Payments are still made in the ePermits portal (see above).   IDT Opens in new window  

IDT info for contractors:         

Register for IDT 

Visit the IDT website and click "Sign Up!" in the upper right hand corner to fill out the online registration form. After you submit the form you will receive an activation link in your email. Click this link to activate your registration. You will then receive a second email confirming your acceptance. After this is completed, you will be able to login and access the electronic plan review website.

Upload Your Plans 
Follow the Instructions (PDF) for uploading plans to IDT. Remember to use the correct application form for your project type – applications can be found here: FORMS.  
SOLAR application and instructions are found on our Solar page.  Typically, upload applications and checklists as one file, plans as a separate file, and any approvals from other departments (Planning, Soils and Erosion, etc.) as a third file. 

Need Assistance? 
If you are not familiar with the procedures for online access to project data, we encourage you to contact IDT with any questions by calling (520) 319-0988 or email IDT Support. They will be happy to provide an online instruction course or provide individual assistance. You can also submit a help request to the Town of Apex at or call (919) 249-3418. 

Remote Inspections

We offer remote inspections upon request for certain inspection types, in accordance with guidance provided by the NC Department of Insurance. When a remote inspection is requested, please attach any documentation which would normally be required to perform an in-person inspection. You will be contacted by an Inspector if more information is needed and/or to establish a time to perform the remote inspection by video link.

PLEASE NOTE: Some types of inspections may not be able to be completed by remote inspection, based on assessment of the project or video call by your inspector. If this happens, the inspector may ask for further documentation from you attesting to compliance or may require a live, in-person inspection be scheduled. Reinspection fees in this case will not be assessed.

Guidance Paper on Live Remote Inspections (PDF)

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to our office at (919) 249-3418, or reach out to your inspector directly.

Check out our Publications Page to view our latest information for contractors and homeowners:

  • Engineer Inspection Report Procedures, v. 1.5, eff. 2/20/2018
  • Most Commonly Failed Inspection Items
  • Guide to Planning and Constructing an Attached or Self-Supported Deck
  • How to Finish an Attic or Basement
  • Learn How to Create a Plot Plan Utilizing Wake County’s iMAPS Feature

Notice of Inspection Changes

The Town of Apex no longer performs the following inspections: 

Concealed Insulation Inspections

The air barrier required in concealed areas will be inspected during rough-in inspection. Any code deficiencies found related to the insulation/air barriers will be corrected and may required the removal of tubs, showers, etc.

Brick or Stone Veneer Inspections

All lintels that are required to be bolted to the framing for support shall not be covered by any exterior wall covering before approval. The bolted lintels will be inspected during the rough-in inspection.

For Concealed Insulation and Brick or Stone Veneer Inspections the effective date for the above are for framing inspections on or after September 5th NOT the date the permit was issued.

Conditional Power and Mechanical Inspections

These inspections will only be performed upon request by the contractor. If you want to schedule these inspections the Conditional Utility Request form must be completed and on file at the Permits desk.

These inspections will not be scheduled unless the applicable inspections listed above the conditional inspections on the permit card have been approved.

The Conditional Power and Mechanical Inspections will be based on the date the permit is issued. Conditional Power and Mechanical inspections are optional for permits issued on or after September 5, 2016.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Enforce North Carolina State Building Codes as required by General Statute and adopted by the Building Code Council
  • Perform field inspections
  • Provide answers to questions pertaining to state and local codes and ordinances related to the building construction industry
  • Review and approval of structural building plans

Mission Statement

We are committed to providing the best service possible by way of prompt and courteous responses to the needs of those requiring the services of our permitting and inspection division. Our commitment extends to continually expanding our technical knowledge and to the modification of our procedures to best serve the building community and the citizens of the Town of Apex.