If you have any questions concerning the fee schedule and payment options, contact the Division of Fire and Life Safety at 910.343.0696 or 910.343.3918. The permit fee schedule is available for download.
The Fire and Life Safety Division conducts plans reviews for all site development, commercial construction, fire alarms, fire sprinklers and other suppression systems, and aboveground / underground storage tanks.
New commercial construction permits are issued by New Hanover County Inspections (910.798.7151). Within the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County Inspections conducts building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing code inspections.
The Fire and Life Safety Division enforces the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code for plan reviews and works in conjunction with New Hanover County Inspections during the review process for new construction and alterations. All commercial permits require the Fire and Life Safety Division’s approval before a permit is issued.
Separate reviews are also conducted for fire alarms, fire sprinklers, suppression systems and site development. All permits must be obtained prior to construction. Permit applications and plan review information for fire alarm, sprinkler and suppression systems are available for download.