Welcome to New Hanover County Building Safety

The Building Safety Department was created in October 2016 and consists of three divisions that work together to safeguard the life, health, and property of all New Hanover County residents. Prior to the department’s establishment, Building Safety staff were part of the Planning and Inspections Department.


Ensure that the buildings and structures in New Hanover County are safely constructed and maintained for all users, since people spend most of their lives in or around buildings and buildings also serve as shelters in times of disasters.


To provide efficient reviews, permitting, inspections, and public education in order to ensure a safe-built environment, enhance public awareness of unsafe conditions, preserve structures as sustainable for now and in the future, and maintain the county’s housing stock for optimum usability and livability.

Learn more about the Building Safety Department »

Building Safety: 230 Government Center Dr, Suite 170 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7308 • Fax 910-798-7811
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