Beginning July 1, 2019, the Town of Cary will offer the opportunity for citizens and applicants to schedule SPOT (Small Project One-hour Turnaround) permit appointments online. They are introducing this opportunity to reduce wait times and allow your permit review to be more predictable. Using their online submittal portal you will be able to submit your residential permit application and schedule your appointment. SPOT appointments occur Monday - Friday from 8:00-11:00 AM.
Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Once you have submitted your residential permit application and your requested SPOT permit appointment has been confirmed by staff, simply arrive at your scheduled appointment time and wait while your permit submittal is reviewed. The Development Services Office is located on the first floor of Cary Town Hall at 316 N Academy Street.
For more information regarding Cary's SPOT program visit their webpage: https://www.townofcary.org/business-development/residential-alterations-additions
If you are not familiar with their online portal, there are a few steps to prepare yourself for submitting an application:
Ready to submit your application? Here are your next steps once you have created your account:
If you need assistance, call the Town of Cary at 919-469-4046.
Plan to attend one of the seven demo sessions to learn about the new Raleigh Permit and Development Portal. At the demonstration, you will learn how this will change the way you manage development review and permitting processes beginning in July.
Radon & Radionuclides
Dealing with Wake County's most common well water contaminants
Do you help private well users drink their water with confidence? Then you will want to attend this free training covering Radon and radionuclides in well water. These are the most chemical contaminants in Wake County wells, but most wells have not been tested for them, and fixing these problems can be complicated.
Over a day of training, we will cover:
Speakers include subject matter experts from the Rutgers University Eastern Regional Radon Training Center, N.C. Radiation Protection Section; N.C. Division of Public Health; and Wake County Groundwater staff.
Wake County recommends this training for:
· Home Inspectors
· Treatment installers
· Environmental health specialists
· Other real estate and environmental professionals who work with private well owners and users
Thursday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wake County Commons Building
Room 100 C
4011 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
Parking is freely available in a lot on site.
Lunch options are limited near the training site, so we recommend packing one.
Register and View the Full Agenda
Planning to attend this FREE training opportunity? Click the RSVP button to let us know, and click here to view a full agenda for the workshop.
To All Contractors,
The Town of Apex Inspections and Permits department will be implementing their new online inspection request procedure on or about June 10, 2019.
As they prepare for the change, you may see some created inspections on the ePermit site. Clicking on them will NOT schedule an inspection. For now, please continue to request inspections in the normal way until you are notified that the system is live.
It will be very significant on your part to make sure you are requesting the inspections in the correct sequence. Inspections that you request will be scheduled as requested and any inspections requested out of sequence will be charged a re-inspection fee of up to $150 when determined by the field inspection that the inspection is out of the normal sequence. If you do not know or understand the correct sequence of inspections, please visit the website to view a flowchart:
Inspection Sequence - Foundation - Raised Slab
Inspection Sequence - Foundation - Basement
Inspection Sequence - Foundation - Superior Walls.
Inspection Sequence - Foundation - Mono Slab
Inspection Sequence - Foundation - Crawl Space
If you’ve reviewed the appropriate flowchart and still have questions, feel free to discuss with your inspector and/or visit Town of Apex office with questions.
Instructions for the new on-line system will be posted soon.
If you have any questions please contact the Town at 919-249-3418.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
4:00-6:30 (drop in)
Halle Cultural Arts Center
Drop by the open house to learn about the Town of Apex Downtown Master Plan and Parking Study (Downtown Plan) and to provide initial input about needs, opportunities, and your vision for downtown!
This plan will address: commercial and residential markets, place-making and public spaces, parking strategies, and more.
Can't make it?
Take the online survey at: https://downtownapexonlinesurvey.questionpro.com
Sign up for email updates at: https://www.apexnc.org/downtownplan
The Town of Apex is making some changes in an effort to increase consistency with other jurisdictions. They will begin requiring the standardized Design Professional Inspection Form developed by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. This form will be in lieu of a letter from your engineer when they perform the inspection of an element or component in accordance with General Statute 160A-413.5. Link: http://www.apexnc.org/DocumentCenter/View/27199/Design-Professional-Inspection-Form
This form will be required for design professional inspections beginning on May 13th.
If you have specific question, you can always call the Town of Apex office at 919-249-3418 with any questions or concerns. You may also pick up copies of the form at their office in Town Hall (73 Hunter Street, Apex).
Beginning May 2, 2019, mailed notice will be required for all Preliminary Subdivision Plans. Mailed notice will also be required for Administrative Site Review (ASR) projects that meet certain criteria.
ASR projects that meet the following criteria will require mailed notice at the time of submittal:
Scot Berry and Brian Stark with the Town of Cary joined us as guest speakers for our February Governmental Affairs Committee meeting. Scot serves as Cary's Director of Planning and Development Services and Brian works as the Director of Inspections and Permits. They spoke about the continued trends they see of infill and redevelopment with only a 1.1% growth in greenfield development from January 2017 to present.
Cary continues to work on improvements to online submittals, development plan review and inspections scheduling. For example, building permits are now being submitted through the same portal as development plans. This has reduced the need for builders and developers to provide paper copies for permit submittals. Plans can be marked up digitally and emailed to the applicant. On the development side they have changed how they do comment review meetings. Now, development plan applicants can request a meeting with the Development Review Committee during any stage of the development review cycle. Previously these meetings were called Staff/Applicant meetings and typically only occurred after the first submittal of a development plan.
Scot shared some statistics with the committee showing that the number of rezonings and consequently development plans and single family lots approved have steadily decreased over the last few years. It came as no surprise when they shared the stats for the average number of reviews for development plan approvals. They are 5.9, 4.1 and 6 for major, minor and quasi-judicial reviews, respectively. Scot also shared that the average time split for these reviews was 68.68% staff time and 31.32% applicant time. When questioned on the high number of review cycles and length of time it took to get through a rezoning, there only seemed to be an affirmation that such was true, no suggestion that efforts were being made to try and cut those times down.
Brian then took the helm to share information on building permits. Cary issued 1,084 new residential single-family permits and 1,635 residential additions/alterations in 2018. When compared to the last 5 years, residential permits were slightly down in 2018. He indicated that they are on schedule with plan review for new residential permit issuance at 10 business days and residential addition/alteration plan review and permit issuance at 7 business days.
The last part of their presentation touched on House Bill 948 and the changes they were making to comply with the bill. As it pertains to the alternate inspection method for a component or element of the construction project by a licensed architect and/or engineer, the Town is finding that the letters of verification are missing important details. Consequently, they are looking at the NCDOI's guidance paper for direction and DOI who is in the process of developing a standard form to be used.
As for the part of the bill discussing "complete" inspections, the Town was initially concerned with how this would affect their metrics and business flow. However, they have responded by establishing a training session of the most commonly found "problem" items and have already held one very successful class. The Town is also relying on the reporting to DOI for framing inspections with 15 or more violations as being a disincentive for builders which in turn will encourage them to ensure they are ready for inspection when it's called in. Lastly, the Town is piloting remote re-inspections to see if that can aid them in meeting the requirement for inspections to be performed within two business days of the request.
Throughout Scot and Brian's presentation, questions were asked and great dialogue ensued. During the Q&A session we were sure to bring up some items that have risen to the top for our membership. One such concern involved house wrap inspections. Apparently there has been some question over whether this inspection was being portrayed as required or voluntary. We have been assured by Scot and Brian that it is in fact voluntary and some great suggestions were made during the meeting to help clear up communication in the future.
Lastly, we discussed the requirement the Town of Cary is placing on the developer to bury power lines outside of the subdivision. These are not new power lines, but may be power poles that need to be moved during road or sidewalk work for the subdivision. The legislative authority states, "Section 9.3. Underground utilities. In addition to the powers now or hereafter granted to municipalities by law, the Town Council by ordinance may require that all utility or other pipes, wiring, conduits, cables, and fixtures installed after the adoption of such ordinance within the planning and zoning jurisdiction of the Town be installed underground, whether or not the same are installed in public rights-of-way." They are hanging their hat on the word "installed" given that it doesn't specify new or old (re-installed). In a nutshell, if you have to move existing utility poles, then they are requiring you to bury the lines, otherwise you don't have to bury them.