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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Building Permits & Process

A building permit is required for the construction of structures, change of building use, demolition, alterations and remodeling, upfits, expansions, accessory structures and mobile homes and new construction/relocation within the city limits. 

Although New Hanover County issues all building permits in the City of Wilmington, the Zoning Section must approve building permit applications within city limits prior to their issuance. 

Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.)
Approval by a zoning staff member is required in order for a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) to be issued in the City.  
Tree Preservation Removal Permit
The issuance of a tree permit is required before removing trees on most lots within the city.
Business License

Contact zoning staff to confirm that your business location is properly zoned and that the proposed use is permitted.

After you have the required sign-off acknowledging conformance with zoning regulations, contact or visit Collections.

Sign Permits

Land Development Code Article 12 outlines the type, placement and dimensions of signs allowed within the Wilmington City Limits. Zoning staff processes permits for permanent and temporary signs in the city.

Flood Certification

Flood Zones that are designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) affect parts of the city. John Fullerton, CFM is the Floodplain Administrator for the city. Requests regarding the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) are handled by the zoning staff.

Other Certifications
Other various uses and activities in the city also require a permit such as: Bed and Breakfast, Home Business Occupation, Sidewalk Cafes, Adult Establishments and Temporary Uses.

Staff assists the public with inquiries about all city zoning districts. Staff also can issue zoning verification letters regarding existing zoning and permitted uses.


Zoning Staff

Kathryn Thurston, AICP
Zoning Administrator

Eryn Moller
Associate Planner

Steve Sattler
Zoning Inspector

Joan Mancuso
Administrative Support

John Barham
Senior Code Enforcement Officer

Tracy Lunceford
Code Enforcement Officer

Building and Zoning Permits

Signature by the Zoning Staff is required on all Bulding Permit Applications. New Hanover County is the official issuing agency for all building permits within the City of Wilmington. Contact Joan Mancuso at 910.254.0900.

Building Permits:

Zoning Applications:

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