Development Application Forms, Early Assistance, and Verification Letters

Application submittal is all-digital and paper-free. The application process is all digital and paper-free. Please do not deliver materials via mail as these items will not be processed or returned. Use the blue button immediately below to launch the application guide after completing an application form and reviewing the submittal checklist. For Building Permits and Inspections application submittal, payment, and questions visit the Inspections site.

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Enhanced Plan Review

Enhanced plan review is an optional, fee-based service available through the City-County Inspections department for multi-family and commercial construction projects.  During this face to face meeting the owner’s design/construction team meets with Inspections staff from all trades to review construction drawings and work collectively to ensure drawings comply with building code. By bringing all parties together in a single review session, the Enhanced Review service can reduce the number of re-reviews needed and shorten the approval timeline.

Below is an overview of the process, see more details here

Enhanced Review Meetings

  • An Enhanced Review meeting can be scheduled seven business days after the Building Permit is deemed complete. 
  • The fee for an Enhanced Review meeting is $600 and must be paid prior to scheduling.
  • Regular meeting days are Tuesdays and Thursdays,  in one hour increments.
  • Morning meetings are held at 8:30am, 9:30am, and 10:30am, and afternoon meetings are held at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm.
  • Meetings may run over an hour if needed, provided that the next time block is available.
  • The fee beyond one hour is $150 per 15-minute increment. 
  • Meetings can be scheduled on Wednesdays and Fridays by request, depending on availability.
  • There are two options for scheduling an enhanced review session as summarized below.

Scheduling Option 1: Request Enhanced Plan Review Upon Initial Submittal 

  • When uploading the Building Permit Application to Dplans, enter “Enhanced Review Request” in the description section.
  • Once the application is deemed complete, staff will contact the applicant to discuss scheduling options.
  • The meeting schedule is confirmed once the $600 fee is paid. After the fee is paid, plans review staff will complete the first round of review within two business day (in advance of the enhanced review meeting).
  • Keep in mind that the Enhanced Review does not include any departments outside of Inspections. 
  • The applicant will be able to respond as review notes are posted.

Scheduling Option 2: Apply for an Enhanced Review permit after the first round of reviews.

  • Once an application has completed the first round of reviews, the applicant may request to move that application from regular review to enhanced review.
  • Contact Scott McCorkle, Enhanced Review Administrative Assistant, to request an Enhanced Review meeting (scott.mccorkle@durhamnc.gov  | 919-227-0782). Scott or a member of his team will work with the applicant to identify the earliest available dates and times for an enhanced review meeting.
  • Once the applicant has selected the date and time for the meeting and paid $600 scheduling fee, we will change the application status to Enhanced Review.