Build structure or addition

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



Before applying for a building permit, be sure to verify that your proposed structure meets Land Development Code requirements. Contact our Zoning team for more information.


Alterations to buildings and structures in local historic districts or overlay districts require a Certificate of Appropriateness. Contact our Historic Preservation team for assistance.


The New Hanover County Department of Permits & Inspections issues all building permits in the city of Wilmington. Apply online with COAST (the County's permitting portal) or by visiting New Hanover County at 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 170.