Central Permitting

Mission
To streamline the development permit process in Randolph County while ensuring that the system is more convenient and accessible to the public.

Summary
The County's computer capabilities are maximized while utilizing the general maintenance of a parcel database and property development application as they relate to each of the following stages of permitting: zoning, septic tank applications, well application, building, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, watershed development permits, and miscellaneous environmental health applications.

All levels of county permitting, including zoning, septic tank applications, well applications, building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical (heating and air conditioning), and 911 addressing can be obtained at centrally managed locations. Citizens coming to the Randolph County Central Permitting Building are generally served at the Central Permitting counter, which is staffed by Planning and Zoning employees. 

Operations

Randolph County is one of the first counties in North Carolina to have a centralized permitting program. All permitting is coordinated through a computerized land records and permitting management system. It is designed to streamline the total development permitting process by integrating all development data by parcel number. All levels of county permitting, including zoning, septic tank applications, well applications, building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical (heating and air conditioning), and 911 addressing can be obtained at centrally managed locations. Citizens coming to the Randolph County Central Permitting Building are generally served at the Central Permitting counter, which is staffed by Planning and Zoning employees. Building Inspections is located adjacent to Planning and Zoning. Employees in both departments have computer access to the central permitting system, and employees in both departments can issue a permit.  All these offices are connected by computer linkage with the Environmental Health Section of the Public Health Department. This linkage allows transfer of applications for soil evaluations (for septic system) from the Central Permitting offices for appropriate processing. The Addressing Section of the Information Technology Department also utilizes this system when assigning a permanent address for a structure once a building permit has been issued.

The permit process begins with a property development application (PDA), at which time a permit number is assigned. The PDA provides all pertinent information related to a job and lists all the different permits that will be required for that job. The PDA can be generated only at the Central Permitting counter at the Central Permitting Building in Asheboro.

The zoning permit is issued first, then the septic tank application. The applicant must call Environmental Health to come out to do a soil evaluation for the septic system. If the septic application is approved, Environmental Health gives a clearance letter to the applicant, who must present this letter in order to get the building permit. (The actual septic system permit is issued directly to the applicant by Environmental Health.) Once the building permit has been issued, the subcontractors can get the electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and insulation permits. When permits are printed, a receipt is automatically generated. If the applicant is using the County’s prepay system, he will be faxed the receipt as confirmation of his permit(s).