Owner Builder Projects Common Violations
- Owner/Builder must own property where the home/business is, and it may not be listed “for sale” or “for rent/lease” prior to 12 months following issuance of “Certificate of Occupancy.” The 12-month time frame begins at the date of the Certificate of Occupancy (C/O). See NCGS 87-1 (b) 2
- Any project where the owner has obtained an owner/builder permit but an unlicensed contractor exercises “general contractor” control over the project is a violation. As Owner Builder, they must fully manage and superintend the project, not someone they hire. They must be responsible for all materials, hiring all subcontractors, and be present for inspections. See NCGS 87-14 (1) a, b, and c.
- Often the project cost submitted for the permit is not accurate, and an itemized estimate can be requested prior to permit issuance and verified for accuracy by the Building Inspector during the inspection process.
NOTE: Only individuals or business entities that hold title to the property and who are undertaking construction for their own use are entitled to owner/builder permits.