Hurricane Repairs & Permits

As New Hanover County begins to rebuild from Hurricane Florence, the county’s Building Safety Department will be issuing emergency repair permits at no charge.

Emergency residential building repairs on a single family residence do not require a permit if the cost is $15,000 or less. However, a permit for electrical, mechanical and/or plumbing work will be required, per the North Carolina Building Code. These trade permits will be given by the county at no cost for damage repairs needed as a result of Hurricane Florence until December 31, 2018.

You can submit emergency permits in the following ways:

By email to and provide the following information:

  • Project address
  • Contractor name and phone number
  • Contact name and phone number
  • Scope of work
  • Indicate whether you are ready for an inspection

Walk-in at our two sites:

  • 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 170, Wilmington, NC  28403. Hours are:
    • 7:30 am-5 pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Town Hall of Carolina Beach, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428. Hours are:
    • 1-5 pm (Monday- Friday)
    • Note: this satellite location will be closed after Friday, November 9

By phone at 910-798-7304. Hours are:

  • 7:30 am-5 pm (Monday-Friday)

Non-hurricane related permit requests will be processed as time allows. Priority is being given to emergency permits related to Hurricane Florence at this time.

You can view information about the Construction Fee Moratorium in section 5.16 (a) of the 2018 Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act here. Residents are entitled to a refund if charged for a permit for Hurricane Florence damage repair. Call 910-798-7304 for more information.

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