Frequently Asked Questions

There are several ways to get help navigating the permit process. Please select one of the DSC's self-help resources or contact staff to request further guidance related to one of our information products or applications. 

  1. Self-help 
  2. Contact DSC

Knowledge base

The knowledge base is a searchable database of articles about the development process. Topics include frequently asked questions about permitting requirements and development regulations. 

Startup Roadmaps

Developed in partnership with Durham’s Office and Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), state agencies, and professional associations, this collection of nine small business guides provides a comprehensive overview of the regulatory process, from registering a business name to grand opening. Additional background is here.

Convenience Store
Food Truck
Salon, Barber, and Nail Salon
Vehicle Sales
Vehicle Services

Permits and information products

Visit this page if you know which permit or approval you need. In addition you can request informational products to verify a property or business, confirm project feasibility, or summarize applicable development regulations.  

Development regulations

Visit this page to review building, zoning, infrastructure, or other regulations that may apply to a property, activity, or construction type.

Records requests

Visit this page for information on how to browse development activity by map, access data sets, or request land development records.