Developing Your Space

After deciding on a location, you need to develop your space. This includes getting inspections to ensure your space meets all regulations and then designing it to fit your business needs.

Permitting

You must first obtain a building permit from City/County inspections (https://durhamnc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/983/Building-Application-Form-PDF). You can also expedite the process by submitting documents electronically here: https://durhamnc.gov/467/Dplans.


City/County Inspections

Before installing a sign for your business, you must apply for a sign permit here: https://durhamnc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10717/Sign-Permit-Application-and-Checklist.


Fire Inspection

Finally, contact the Fire Department to ensure that your space meets the NC Fire Code. (https://durhamnc.gov/620/Fire-Department)


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