Permits and forms

Approvals and permits are required prior to undertaking most types of development and construction activity. To learn whether minor activities are exempt from permitting requirements, search the Knowledge Base.

Use the tabs below to browse applications offered by the DSC and Partner Work Units. Please review documents carefully and follow all submittal and payment instructions. Click here to learn more about the workflow for approvals and permits.

  1. Project feasibility
  2. Planning
  3. Minor Development
  4. Floodplain
  5. Inspections
  6. Public Works
  7. Enhanced Plan Review
  8. Other work groups

Project feasibility services allow customers to verify property and zoning conditions and receive a high-level summary of applicable development regulations prior to initiating a formal application.   

General Property or Zoning Inquiry

General property and zoning inquiries can be submitted using the above form. Alternatively, customers may send an email to dscticket [at] dsc [dot] durhamnc [dot] gov or call the DSC at 919-560-4137. Customers may also receive receive in-person service at the Development Services Center. Walk-in, phone, and electronic inquiries are addressed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due Diligence Letter

This is an optional, paid information product intended to verify current zoning and property conditions. Staff will provide a letter confirming the following information:

  • Verification of zoning district and current land use;
  • Confirmation that Certificates of Occupancy were received for construction; and/or
  • Identify any pending or prior zoning code enforcement cases. 

Concept Meeting Request Form 

A “concept meeting” is a meeting limited to Planning staff only. These meetings are offered on Thursday afternoons in 30-minute intervals on a first-come, first-served basis upon request received a minimum of 48 hours in advance. The meeting is meant to explain, in general terms, the development review process, to determine what is allowable, and answer what may be required to accomplish the development in question. There is no fee for a concept meeting. A concept meeting can be scheduled by submitting the form using the link above.

Pre-submittal Meeting Request Form

This is a multi-departmental meeting intended to provide a comprehensive summary of applicable UDO and transportation requirements, stormwater and development engineering regulations, and infrastructure capacity. Pre-submittal meetings scheduled on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. A Department of Public Works pre-submittal meeting checklist is available here.