Cary is in the heart of the Triangle area, which repeatedly ranks among the top places in the nation to live, work and do business. Let’s get your project from concept to completion with the aid of our development process flowcharts or get more details from our stages of development and permitting below:

Vision and Planning 

Starting your development in Cary may include verifying and/or amending your land use or zoning, or applying for Special Use Approvals. We recommend you consult with a Development Liaison prior to scheduling a Pre-application meeting with our Development Review Committee.  

Design Approval and Permitting

Now that you have the proper Land Use and Zoning designations, it's time to design your site in accordance with Cary's Land Development Ordinance (LDO).  Obtaining development plan approval is a multi-step process and your project may require permits and design considerations related, but not limited, to Water and Sewer Permits, Erosion and Sedimentation ControlWatershed Protection and Stream Buffers.  

Construction Permitting & Inspections

Once you receive your development plan approvals and obtain any necessary Federal, State and Local land permits, its time to apply for your grading permit prior to commencing your infrastructure and building permit(s) and inspections.  

Inspections are required at each phase of construction covering the site, infrastructure, building(s) and food services, if applicable.  In addition, the Town requires Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) to be in compliance and all paperwork finalized and approved before a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is issued. 

Post-Construction Approvals

Once you have received your Certificate of Completion (CC) or Certificate of Occupancy (CO), you may have some Minor Alterations to your development plan or wish to apply for a Temporary Use Permit for a grand opening event. Other post-construction permits or approvals may include Fence PermitSign Permit and Building Permit for Change of Tenant.

Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Flash Player QuickTime Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer